2010 – Testimonial Letter from Beverly to new patient Carol

Hi Carol-ann,

First congratulations on losing 70 lbs. losing weight is not an easy task and I know this from experience. I had gastric by-pass in 2005 and I lost 135 lbs. and I am now 55 years old. So far I have had a full body lift (done in the US at the cost of $18,000), facelift (done by Dr. Carlos in Leon), breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction to my thighs (all done by Dr. Koelloker in Leon) and I am planning on having a thigh lift done by Dr. Koelloker this September.

I have been very pleased with the work Dr. Koelloker has done and as I said I am going back to him so he can perform the last surgery that I need which is my thigh lift. The hospital is very modern and clean the only issue I had was that the hospital staff doesn’t speak English so the communication was a challenge, but the Dr. really sets things up well and he comes in quite often to ensure all of the patients needs are met.

The Dr. is also very cautious meaning when I went in last year I wanted a lot of things done but my iron level was too low so the Dr. only did what he felt was safe and he refunded me money because we weren’t able to do everything. I have had plastic surgery here in the states and in MX and my preference is to only go to Dr. Koelloker as he did a better job then what I had done in the US and he even fixed the problem left by the US surgeon in my last procedure so I am extremely happy with Dr. K.

Casa Marino is a great place to be for recovery. It is very clean and has a serene atmosphere. The staff is very accommodating and makes your stay very comfortable. San Miguel is a beautiful little town. When I got to feeling better I walked into the town by myself, went shopping, ate out and really felt safe. I would take cabs back to the Casa and never had a problem with a cab driver.

Bottom line, Dr. K. is great and he is very caring and will put your safety first. He does an excellent job and you will love the results. I hope I have helped you in some way by sharing my experience.

Feel free to contact me if you have anymore questions or need more information.

Beverly (My email address is available on request).

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2010 – Colleen, from San Diego, CA

Hi Pat,

Just wanted to let you know that I am so very happy with Dr. Koelliker’s lower facelift and liposuction performed in April 2010 at the MAC Hospital. My husband came with me and stayed in the hospital room with me, this is not even allowed in the US.

I would like to add I would have been just as comforable being alone.  They take care of all your needs… I felt so pampered. No one I haven’t told about my procedure can tell I’ve had anything done.  People are just giving me doubletakes, saying how great I look, and commenting on how they love what I’ve done with my hair.  Which I haven’t changed for 10 years!

Dr. Koelliker did some liposuction on my stomach. I had only asked for him to take care of a little tummy thing I had going on.   I had already had another plastic surgeon try to  fix what had been done after a resident , at a highly respected hospital in New York, had given me a very bad incision during a cesarean section………back in the day when i didn’t know you could request that an amateur not perform your procedure at a teaching hospital.

Dr. Koelliker not only took care of what I wanted…..he fixed what the other doctors had done unsuccessfully.  He is a PERFECTIONIST.  I was truly IMPRESSED with him Pat.

My husband  and I  truly enjoyed the beauty of CASA MARINO; we stayed in the magnificent suite.  Believe it or not it was romantic!

San Miguel de Allende is all they say it is. Truly a magical place.

We felt very SAFE exploring the town, shoppping  and walking to and from town to the spa/ CLUB recovery center  (about a 10 minute walk from the CENTRO).  We loved it. Or a 5 minute cab ride for $2.50 US.

This little town is insulated from the rest of the world.  You have to go there to really understand the remarkable history, culture and the wonderful people.  I wish the TV news people would stop broadcast the bad stuff and report how wonderful it is to go back in time in San Miguel de Allende.

Please let him know how thrilled I am with the results.

Thanks, Colleen

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2009 – Peggy, from Kansas City

Hi Pat,

It’s been almost 8 months now since I had my face lift. Every now and then I go to your website to sort of relive my wonderful vacation at Club Casa Marino.  I look at pictures, listen to testamonials and view the beautiful club.  As I was listening to the videos and reading the testamonials I realized that no one really mentioned the type of anesthetic (sp?) used by your surgeons.  Here, in Kansas City, about five years or more before I had my facelift this last Christmas, I had my eyes done.  They used a general anesthetic and it took me a long time to recover. I was tired for quite  along time. When I tell people here that I wasn’t put under a general, they sort of freak out.  The funny thing is; that is what I was nervous about the most, the fact that I wasn’t going to have a general.  In actual fact, it was so much better of a recovery and I remembered NOTHING, felt NOTHING, and by the fourth day after the surgery I was out on a bus doing a house tour.  AMAZING!

I loved my experience at the Club more than any other vacation I have ever taken in my whole life AND I came home with a beautiful new face.  I am so happy and want to thank you again and again for what you have provided.  I am now trying to figure out just when I can return for a little lypo in my thighs.

I am sending you some pictures I had taken a couple of weeks ago.  I was vacationing in Scottsdale  with my husband for our 33rd wedding anniversary.  I think I look amazing, and NOT just for my age! (Which is 58 this September.) Thanks again Pat!!!

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours” C. S. Lewis

Fondly, Peggy

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2009 – Testimonial of Carol, from San Diego, Complete Facelift

Come Back 20 Years Younger…

International Living Postcards—your daily escape

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

Dear International Living Reader,

Carol Conner recently spent a week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. When she returned to San Diego, her friends couldn’t believe how great she looked for a 40-year-old.

Thing is, Carol turned 60 her last birthday. No, Carol didn’t discover the fountain of youth in this charming little mountain town in Mexico’s central highlands. She figured out a way to look 20 years younger…instantly…without paying big bucks to a Californian surgeon.

In the current issue of International Living Magazine, Carol assures us that the best place for a facelift is San Miguel.

Specifically, she recommends a private hospital just outside town that is friendly, relaxing, and about a third of the cost of what you might pay in the States.

I have no personal experience with this (honestly)…but if you’re in the market for a whole new you, check out Carol’s story below.

Len Galvin

P.S. Even if you have no interest in cosmetic surgery, please pay close attention to this: In 4 days, we’re offering a total of $800 off the registration fee for you and a guest to attend the Live and Invest in Mexico Seminar. We haven’t released the marketing materials for this November event yet…but 16 readers have already booked their places and another 30 have almost signed-up. Put simply: Most of the 150 places are still available…but come Monday, because of the huge one-day discount, I expect them all to go. If you want the chance to get in on this price-drop early… a full four days ahead of everyone else… here’s how to do it.

Nip, Tuck, and Save Money in San Miguel de Allende

By Carol Conner

I never thought I would have a facelift, and I certainly never thought I could afford it. But after recent cosmetic surgery, I now look and feel like a 40-year-old again (I’m 60).

I recently retired and live in San Diego, California, where there are plenty of good plastic surgeons, but their fees are high—around $25,000 as an outpatient.

–Recommended By IL–

Why are one million Americans moving to Mexico?

For some people, Mexico brings images of corruption and bribery… But that’s the Mexico popularized by newspapers and television.

There’s a real side of Mexico that you rarely see… And the reason Americans are moving south of the border in droves. Here are the full details…

I travel to Mexico a lot, and I had heard how much of a positive experience cosmetic surgery here can be. I had heard of places that pamper you and let you recuperate in a beautiful setting after the surgery.

When I found a company I liked, I listened to past patients talk about their experiences, and saw their before and after photos.

My surgeon’s fee for a complete facelift is $6,500. This includes a three-night stay in a private room in a state-of-the-art hospital. The cost of other procedures ranges from a third to about half of what you might pay in the States.

I decided to stay the rest of the week in a deluxe villa nearby, where I was pampered by staff who are used to patients combining their cosmetic surgeries with a vacation. The villa is tranquil, and I felt relaxed and comfortable the whole time.

The modern hospital where I had my cosmetic surgery is located in Celaya city—a 45-minute drive from San Miguel de Allende.

My friends have seen a huge difference and have commented on how good I look.

Editor’s note: Carol’s full report on her experience in Mexico, including her recommended contacts, is in the August issue of International Living Magazine. If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can get instant access to the August issue here.

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2009 – Testimonial of Natasha, age 60 – from Anaheim, California; Dr. Koelliker performed her “10 year TUNE UP”

Hi Pat,

I came from San Miguel de Allende a few days ago but, I can’t stop thinking about the ten days I spent in Celaya and San Miguel like it was a great vacation even though I was having surgery. I am glad I took the trip and I loved every minute of it. The surgeon is wonderful and I trust him completely. If I need to do some surgery in the future, I would not hesitate to go to him again. I was very impressed with the hospital and my room in it, spacious, modern looking and clean.

My few days in “Club Marino” were unforgettable. Cozy room, kind staff, good cooking, plenty of privacy, a nice hot shower and San Miguel de Allende is like visiting living history. I remember I walked around for hours enjoying every street, every house and every stone of this unbelievable city. San Miguel has thousands of fascinating shops with art, clothes, shoes, souvenirs and antiques. It was very entertaining and interesting browsing through those shops. I walked around the city alone for many hours every day and felt absolutely safe and happy. I also love the people living in San Miguel they are kind, polite and always willing to help.

If I ever decide again to change something on my face or body there is only one place in the world I would go to – “Club Marino”.

Thank You Again,

Your devoted client,

Natasha Proffit

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2009 – Testimonial of Nancy; Rhinoplasty and Facial Work with Dr. Koelliker

Hi Pat,

I had facial work and rhinoplasty done with Dr.
Koelliker in 2008. I could not be more pleased with my results.

I want to take advantage of my good health and persistent
nature and now beautiful face; thanks to Dr. Koelliker.

The new MAC hospital in Celaya is certainly state
of the art with the newest technology. I think the MAC is scrupulously clean and
well run.

Thank you for all that you have done for me. My very best to
you, Melinda and your staff at Club CASA MARINO. I loved my
stay there and it is really a bargain; the meals are lovely
and everything was taken care of for me. I think it is so convenient
that you charge a daily service charge in lieu of tipping.

My facelift and rhinoplasty would have cost me
3 times in the U.S. what I paid with Dr. Koelliker ………I
am very grateful to you all.

Sincerely, Nancy (from Minnesota)

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Testimonial of Marcia – 2008

Hi Pat,

I know its been a long time since I’ve written, but life has been hectic. A month after I returned from Mexico I was offered a promotion at my job. I have to attribute this in part to my new positive energy and confidence that everyone notices. I am very pleased with the way my face is turning out. I now enjoy wearing make-up and jewelry which never seemed to make much of a difference before. I love my new face. Attached are my latest pictures.

I never got a chance t o really thank you for all your help and support throughout my facelift adventure. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Mexico with my daughter
and was greeted by the warm and friendly driver, Manuel, to our return to the airport in Leon, my experience was wonderful. I will never forget the wonderful people who took perfect care of my daughter, Sharon and I. Dr. Carlos and his assistant Andrea put us at complete ease about my surgery and catered to our every need. Andrea was kind enough to take my daughter out one evening while I was resting in the hospital. Dr. Carlos visited me twice a day at the hospital and gave me his cell phone number for any question I had.

At Casa Marino, Melinda was a fantastic hostess and a great source of comfort and support. Both my daughter and I loved her and would like to return to the spa someday. It was the most relaxing experience and a perfect healing rest for me. I met some lovely people at the spa and made new friends from the experience. And of course San Miguel was a fabulous city to see. So I had a wonderful vacation and returned refreshed and energized. I was able to return to work in 2 and1/2 weeks after the surgery no one could figure out what I did to look so good, but I received so may compliments. I am going through a very exciting change in my life. I feel as if I’ve set the clock back and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

Please thank everyone for me. I will surely recommend your services to all my friends.

Sincerely, Marcia Kasper

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Jackie – September 2007

Dear Pat:

I had been thinking about getting a facelift for
about two years and did a lot of research online and through friends
before choosing Dr. Carlos. It was a big decision to do surgery
in Mexico.

All the questions one has. were whirling in my
mind: are the hospitals safe? Do they know what they’re doing?
Well, choosing Dr. Carlos was the best decision I made. He doesn’t
use staples behind the ears like so many surgeons do. He believes
they can cause puckering behind and he chooses to use stitches.
It’s more time consuming but the results are so much better. My
friends who have had stapling do appear to have some form of puckering.
He also does not use lipo suction around the jaw line and neck.
Lipo can cause small dents. He removes all fat by hand. Again,
more time consuming, but the results are so much better.

Dr. Carlos only does one facelift surgery a day.
Most of the top surgeons I researched do several and the famous
ones don’t do the surgery themselves – they have their assistants
do it while they oversee. That really bothered me.

From the moment I met him, I knew I did the right thing.

The hospital is extremely clean and the staff couldn’t
have been nicer. I checked into the hospital the day before my
surgery and met with Dr. Carlos. He explained everything to me
and took photos. One thing I was hesitant about was the brow lift.
I felt I didn’t need it. But again Dr. Carlos was correct in explaining
the face is a circle and doing it for me.

The difference was subtle but amazing. The night
before surgery he came to see me and gave me a sleeping pill which
was nice as I was a little nervous. The next morning I was given
a sedative intravenously in my room and the last thing I remember
was being wheeled to the O.R. Dr. Carlos does not use a general
anesthesia – he uses a local IV sedation, and puts you to sleep
with a sedative which is preferable as it is much less dangerous
and you don’t have all of the after effects such as vomiting etc.

I slept most of the day and through the night and
was a little groggy. The hospital beds are hard and not very comfortable;
I ended up going over to the lazy boy in my room and sleeping
in that. I had no pain – just a sense of tightness on my face
and neck. It felt good to have a shower on the third day and wash
my hair. I felt a little nervous what with all the stitches around
my ears and everything, so I did it very gently…….and if I
had needed assistance the nurse was right there…..best part
of being in a private room in the hospital…….

On the fourth day after my arrival, I was picked
up by the driver and went to San Miguel de Allende to Casa Marino.
It’s a lovely place and very comfortable. What I loved best about
it was that everyone who stayed there had surgery so I didn’t
feel the need to cover up when I went downstairs. I really enjoyed
comparing notes with the other guests and feel I have made life
long friends. The food is excellent and the beds are so comfortable!
I felt very relaxed there. I felt I was ready to go out on the
second day in San Miguel de Allende, but I took Melinda’s (Pat’s
daughter manages the retreat) advice and stayed in. I’m glad I
did as one of the other guests had ventured out too soon and came
back exhausted. Take Melinda’s advice on all matters! She knows
what she’s doing. By the third day, I ventured out for a walk
through the lovely town. I had no pain throughout my stay – just
a sense of tightness and some slight discomfort when lying on
my stitching around my hairline in back. The worst thing was having
to lie on my back propped up by pillows as I’m a side sleeper.
And that was just a minor inconvenience! The BEDS are awesome.

Dr. Carlos came to Casa Marino to take my stitches
out on the 7th day Didn’t hurt a bit. So wonderful to not have
to return to the hospital. They really know what you need and
how to treat your recuperation.

I was so reluctant to leave as I had really enjoyed
my stay. Now it has been a month since my surgery and I am amazed
at the job Dr. Carlos did. The people who don’t know I had surgery
look at me and asked me if I changed my hair or if I went away
on vacation. They see a difference but attribute it to something
positive in my life. I look like I’m at least ten years younger
and the reaction I get from people is wonderful. Dr. Carlos’ work
is amazing: what he did to my jaw and neck is far superior to
the work my friends had done by top surgeons in New York City.
My eyes appear bigger and brighter, and I am thrilled with my
cheeks and mouth area. I’m still a little swollen as it’s only
been a month, but everyday I see more improvement.

I hope this helps anyone who is interested in having
surgery with Dr. Carlos. I highly recommend him and Casa Marino.

Jackie Dunphy, South Hampton, NY

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Jeanie – Complete Face Lift patient, June 2007

Dear Pat:

Let me begin by saying that I am a shopper. I like
to shop (not everyone does). “Due diligence” is not
just a concept with me, it’s my motto. I especially like to find
outstanding bargains. Naturally, a truly outstanding bargain is
only as good as the product or service it provides, and on this
point I do not compromise. I want the best!

When I decided it was finally time for a face lift
(you KNOW that moment), I began shopping. Since I had waited this
long for my surgery I wanted to be sure it was the best investment
of my money, time – and irreplaceable(!) face). Not surprising,
many of the best plastic surgeons are in California. Very expensive.

I made an appointment with one the best surgeons
in my area (a $100 investment), a physician with “an international
reputation” as one of the top surgeons in the U.S., and gave
him “carte blanche” to make an estimate of “everything
he could or would do to improve my face.” I was 61 years
old and figured it was time for a complete overhaul.

His estimate included: a “submental lipectomy” (lower
face/neck lift); “blepharoplasty, quad” (removal of
excess skin and fat from my upper and lower eyelids); “endoscopic
brow lift, standard” (lifting and tightening my forehead
skin using an endoscopic technique with very small scalp incisions);
“subperiosteal midface lift/cheek lift.”

The cost of these procedures would be $16,000 for
JUST the surgeon’s fee (actually, a bargain when compared to California
prices). In addition, there would be the OPERATING ROOM costs
($6,000), the cost of staying one or more nights in the SURGERY
CLINIC post op ($650 per night), and I would be billed separately
for “OTHER FEES”: pathology, laboratory, radiology,
any other “outside” services, including prescription
medications. And, because I was over 50 years old, I was required
to be “cleared by my own physician before surgery,”
including lab work and an EKG. Another $1000? $2000? $3000? This
elective surgery would cost more than $25,000 before I was through!

THE OTHER FEES mentioned above – and it was performed in the FULL
FACILITY HOSPITAL where Dr. Carlos has been Chief of Staff for
20 years!

But this was April 9, and I knew my shopping had
just begun. I spent $240 before I left the surgeon’s office
for my first (and last*) Botox treatment for my frown lines. It
took 10 days for the Botox to “take effect,” and it
had completely worn off by the time I went to Mexico on June 4.
(*Dr. Carlos permanently disabled the muscles which allowed me
to frown – with NO tell-tale scars … and, at $240 per Botox
treatment I won’t have to spend, I figure in a few years
I’ll get all my money back!)

I was not convinced the U.S. has a monopoly on good
surgeons. I searched web sites all over the world< looking for
the most advanced procedures, techniques and surgeons. I started
watching cosmetic surgery shows (“Doctor 90210,” “Nip/Tuck”)
for clues, hints, trails of information to use for searches. I
was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines and know that shopping
in other countries can often be quite rewarding.
I remembered older flight attendants talking about cosmetic surgery
in Mexico. One day I googled “face lift in Mexico.”
And EUREKA! I found faceliftmexico.com.

This web site had it all – international credibility
and nearly 15 years of continuity. I was sold by the time I finished
seeing and reading all the interviews and testimonials. But that
was just the beginning of how sold I was to become. I corresponded
via email with Pat Marino and received an immediate reply. She
gave me her phone number and suggested some times for us to talk.
I am a shopper, but I am also a salesman (real estate) and very
critical of other people’s sales techniques. I could tell that,
besides being, herself, an extraordinarily beautiful example of
Dr. Carlos’ artistic work, Pat believes in her mission. She facilitates
and delivers the most personalized, thorough, soothing and impeccable
services imaginable surrounding this surgery. This incredibly
gifted surgeon – and the enterprising woman who discovered him
for the U.S. – provide state-of-the-art, WORLD CLASS services
that can’t be beat – anywhere.

Once I met Dr. Carlos, I knew for sure I had made
the right choice. He left no question unanswered (and he wanted
to hear ALL the questions). From the moment I met him until the
day he made a “house call” at Casa Marino to remove
my stitches, this charismatic doctor took care of me like I was
one of his prized possessions. No doubt he feels like that about
all his works of art – and no wonder all his patients fall in
love with him!

I am just three weeks post surgery (tomorrow), but already I LOOK
younger, I FEEL younger and I ACT younger. People are noticing
me again. I had almost forgotten what that feels like! I am reclaiming
the power of my youth – with the difference that I now value it
as never before. This face lift has become a defining moment in
my life. I turned 62 in Mexico (but emerged LOOKING 37!). Dr.
Carlos took twenty-five years off my face and neck! THANK YOU,

I will never forget that birthday, nor any moment
of that wonderful birthday week. Thank you, Pat Mario! Thank you,
daughter Melinda Marino (Manager of Casa Marino in Mexico) for
making my stay so much fun and so memorable! I DID NOT WANT TO
LEAVE CASA MARINO! The luxurious spa … breezy courtyard
views … yummy home cooked meals and quaint nearby restaurants
… roof top retreat with spectacular views of the city …
watching the lights come on below after watching the sunset …
airy, spacious, private rooms with private baths … library
of dvd movies (player in each room) and books … free telephone
to home … oh, yeah, and when you read, “Princess and
the Pea beds,” believe it! Comfort and luxury. Now that’s
a vacation!

MADE! Now,
I still can’t believe the amazing bargain I found. What a shopper I am!

Jeanie Thomason, Atlanta, Georgia

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Jill – May 17th, 2007

Dear Pat:

I decided that I would go for plastic surgery on
my 57th birthday. It seems like overnight I looked very haggard
When my husband took some close up pictures of me and I took a
good look at myself, I was surprised. I did not realize how badly
I was starting to look.

Getting cosmetic surgery now, before there would
be an even greater contrast, was on my mind. Dr Carlos has a style
which is like returning from a vacation really well rested..looking
so good..not a life changing facelift. This was what I wanted.

I made a reservation with Pat Marino, www.faceliftmexico.com
in Jan. ’07 for an April ’07 appointment. I had enough time to
experience many changing emotions..from “Yes! Go for it!”
to “Yikes!!”Two weeks before my trip to Mexico I read
all the testimonials on Pat’s web. This was my salvation. It really
helped my thinking!!

I went to San Miguelle de Allende a few days before
my appointment. I spent time at Casa Marino. I was so pleasantly
surprised with the lovely opulent villa. I felt like a movie star
escaping to a special private retreat to be private about a secret
face lift. Casa Marino seemed like my own private getaway!

Having the private drivers was another treat. Being
driven from the airport to the hospital ,escorted into the hospital
to the Dr.’s office, and having Dr. Carlos step out to greet me
was perfect for a girl with the jitters. The pre-op testing went
swiftly. Our private room with an extra bed made my husband feel
most welcome, even if his bed was like sleeping on a board!

The hospital provided efficiency and attention.
The morning of my surgery went by quickly. I was wheeled off for
the operation and the next thing I knew was that I was joining
my husband for lunch in our room.

Returning to Casa Marino, where we were already
checked in, after getting anxious to get out of the hospital was
like a bit of paradise. My rest and recuperation could not have
been better. Staying at the Casa can be a real “CHICK”
experience. However, having a man around is what made it work
for me but I see no problem with coming alone.

I recommend having a spouse or buddy be with you.
The time in the hospital can get lonesome and a bit scary!

It was a happy time to go down every morning for
our sumptuous breakfast. The “La Comida” gave us a special
late lunch to look forward to. The charm of the sweet maids, Estelle
and Lucy topped it off!

My memories of Casa Marino are most happy and it
is a short walk to the main square! The town Of San Miguelle de
Allende is very ethnic and historical. It is “Somewhere in
Time.” It is great to step out to tour about and get your
mind of yourself. The dining in SM is 1st class.

My story is a good one. It is a long wait with a
lot of discomfort. I bruised a great deal. Not returning to the
hospital & having Dr. Carlos come to the CM offered a lot
of TLC. Thank you Dr. Carlos.

I am now home and on day 11. My face is still tender,
however everyday I get better looking…new and improved!!! My sincere “Thank You” to Pat and Melinda. I really
appreciate your personal touch, dedication, and professionalism.

Jill Koch

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April – April 5th, 2007

Dear Pat,

I am writing to thank you for Face Lift Mexico and the wonderful package you put together for me. My entire experience in Mexico during me face-lift procedure was nothing short of WONDERFUL!!!

Dr. Carlos met me at the door at the hospital. He was very kind and easy to talk to. He made me feel very comfortable and confident about my decision to let him do my face-lift. It was nice to be in the hospital a couple days after the surgery, to get my strength back and start the healing process. The entire stay at the hospital was pleasant. And just to let your new clients know, there was absolutely no pain involved during my recovery. I was so amazed.

When I arrived at the Casa Morina your daughter, Melinda, greeted me at the door. She is a wonderful hostess and she made me feel very comfortable during my stay. There was home-made chicken soup waiting when I arrived, wow, and it was delicious. I stayed in a nice room with a beautiful inviting bed that was so very comfortable. The Casa Marino is so beautiful and a very peace-filled tranquil place. I enjoyed the balconies, the scenic rooftop, and the main room for reading was quite nice.

It was truly a wonderful experience and I would encourage everyone to come stay at the Casa Morina, even if they were not having surgery. It is a wonderful get-a-way that offers so many opportunities to be pampered and revived. Thank you for putting this wonderful package together for me. Strangers come up to me all the time commenting that I have such a beautiful face. I tell them they can, too. I am recommending Face Lift Mexico to all my friends and family. I wish you the best in 2007.

Truly, April Menezes

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Marta – January 25th, 2007

Dear Pat,

How are you?

I want to thank you so much for everything. My
trip to SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico was great!!

Everything went well and it happened just the
way you said it would. It was nice to have someone pick me up
at the airport! Juan Manuel, my driver; was so nice. He took
care of me from the moment I arrived until he put me in Dr.
Carlos’ hands. He came out to meet me in the lobby.

Then, Dr. Carlos was like in ANGEL to me. What
a man! I wish we had a great doctor in the U.S.A. like him;
he is so personable and professional. I was very nervous but
he gave me peace of mind. I knew I was in good hands.

Surgery went well the next morning. The hospital
is clean, nice and the hospital staff all wonderful. I was so
glad I spent three nights in the hospital because you NEED to
be taken care of. I do not know how women in the U.S. have been
sent home the day after surgery.

I do appreciate every day that Dr. Carlos visited
my room, (four times a day) to check on me.

For a hospital, the food was good. I had a dietician
come to my room to speak to me about eating well after a surgery.

Dr. Carlos is the best!! I will personally recommend
him to anyone who’s in need of a good face lift! The 3 day hospital
stay is so wonderful $6,500 is one third the cost in Atlanta.

Today was my first day back to work and I had
so many compliments. They say I look rested and pretty!! It
is only sixteen days after my beautifulsurgery.

I am still swollen , but I put some make up on
to cover some small bruises so I look good. I know I will be
swollen for atleast 3 weeks more but other people do not notice.

After my 3 day hospital stay, I continued my adventure
to Casa Marino/Spa Retreat in San Miguel de Allende. It is a
beautiful place where I spent the rest of my days. (The maids
there are so sweet.) The 10 deluxe day stay of $1,600 is in
addition to the surgery fee… AIR is not included.

The driver picked me up on the 10th day for the
ride back to Leon airport (BJX). (happy to have this escort)
Pat arranged a wheelchair for my connection in Houston back
to Atlanta. (glad she did, it’s a long walk through customs
and to my ATlanta gate)

Pat, thank you for handling all of the details
for me. I am very happy with the new Marta!

Sincerely, Marta

Testimonial of Suzanne – 2005

For the last three or four years every time I passed
a mirror, stood in an elevator alone or caught my reflection on
the oven door, I couldn’t help but pull my cheeks up and
back, watching all those tell-tale lines disappear.  Well-meaning
friends and family would ask, “A facelift? You don’t
need it!”  My defense: “Good. I’d
certainly hate to look like I needed a facelift. Guess I’ve
caught it just in time.”

Researching facelifts online one day, I
discovered www.faceliftmexico.com and Pat Marino
, the U.S. agent who developed the company.
I decided to call Pat. Friendly and knowledgeable, she answered
all of my questions, following up with additional information
by email and snail mail. I put together a large file
that included correspondence and phone conversations with prior
facelift patients, Dr. Carlos’ curriculum vitae, board certification
and credentials, info on the hospital, before and after photos,

I was intrigued with the high-tech SMAS (Superficial
Musculoaponeurotic System) procedure Dr. Carlos performed, which
produced an amazing natural, nonoperated-on look. Initially
lured by the low cost and images of relaxing in a hammock with
a margarita and a new face, I realized I had so much confidence
in Dr. Carlos’ expertise and years of experience, that I
really couldn’t imagine going to anyone else.

Pat arranged for a shuttle service to pick us up
at the airport in Leon.  As we exited the airport, there
was a man holding a large sign with our name on it; we felt like
celebrities.  He greeted us in fluent English, grabbed our
bags and led the way to his large white van, where we and the
only other five Americans on our flight drove in to San Miguel

Throughout our visit we were constantly
amazed at the beauty of the town
; cobblestone streets
lined with trees, bougainvillea and flower-filled courtyards,
all immaculately kept. The climate was near perfect at 6400 feet
with wonderful clean air and sparkling starlit nights.  San
Miguel has a reputation for having the best small town dining
in all of Mexico; this is an understatement in our opinion.
The restaurant menus are incredible, everything from giant vegetarian
masterpieces to luscious steaks big enough for two, all reasonably
priced.  Enjoying a sunset margarita on the rooftop terrace
of Pueblo Viejo was one of our hangouts.

The morning of surgery, Dr. Carlos’ personal
driver, Juan Miguel, arrived promptly at 10:00 a.m. to pick us
up for the drive to the hospital in Celaya.  The 45-minute
was pleasant, as Juan Miguel told us interesting details of each
small town we passed through.  Arriving at the hospital,
Dr. Carlos was there to greet us.  Waving goodbye to Juan
Miguel, we followed the doctor inside, sat and chatted for a few
minutes until a lab technician signaled that he was ready to begin
the blood work and EKG.

We found the hospital to be clean, modern
and extremely well run
.  The nurses and staff were
friendly and punctual. Everything happened in quick succession;
no time to get nervous here.  Tests complete, Dr. Carlos
escorted us to his private office where he took several head shots
for my before pictures and described (in perfect English) the
SMAS procedure in more detail. Dr. Carlos showed us to Room 18
and explained dinner would arrive in about an hour, but if we’d
like to get out, there was a nice restaurant across the street
(Robinson’s).  The hospital room was comfortably large,
had cable TV with English channels, and hardwood floors.
Dr. Carlos returned promptly at 7:00 p.m.  We asked a few
more questions about the Big Day and told him about our dinner
experience. He gave me a light sleeping pill, explaining many
people are a bit nervous the night before and a good night’s
sleep is conducive  to a speedy recovery.

The Big Day.   Two smiling
nurses arrived about 8:00 a.m. to prep me, while Dr. Carlos personally
put my hair up in several little ponytails.  They added a
sedative to the IV line, I was lifted onto the gurney and off
we went to the operating room.  I vaguely remember wheeling
down the hallway, an elevator ride…then waking up in recovery.

Day 2, the morning after surgery,
I felt incredibly good; there was very little, if any, pain.
People are always amazed when I tell them this, but honestly the
most pain I had was getting my wedding ring off before surgery.
I was given a pain pill and antibiotic twice a day, but discontinued
the pain pills on the fourth day.  The hospital food was
quite impressive: freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh papaya,
melons and yogurt with live acidophilus were main staples with
every meal. The nutritionist, Ana, visited one day inquiring
as to what I could and could not eat.

A cleaning lady arrived each day and not only mopped
the floor and changed my sheets, but wiped down all of the walls,
windowsills and hanging blinds as well.  The nurses were
always cheerful and Dr. Carlos visited a.m. and p.m. to check
things and change my head bandage.

Day 3 finally arrived, my bandages
were removed and Dr. Carlos said, “You can shower this morning
and wash your hair.” After showering, carefully washing
and blow-drying my hair and applying a bit of cover-up and putting
on my Grace Kelly disguise (hat and sunglasses), no one would
have known I’d just had a facelift.  I sent digital
pictures home of myself standing in front of the hospital bed
and everyone thought it must be my “before pics” because
I looked so good!

Arriving back at our hotel in San Miguel de Allende,
Pat Marino called to see if all was well.   I told her
I was feeling almost fantastic!  She said to take it easy
and think about venturing out tomorrow, depending on how I felt.
After a wonderful siesta, we were both so tired of being cooped
up we decided to walk to dinner that first night, anxious to explore
one of the great restaurants on Pat’s “favorites”
list.  Wearing my large celebrity sunglasses and a pretty
white scarf I found at a boutique along the way, I really did
look the part of Grace Kelly!

The week ended much too quickly.
We could have explored for another week easily.  We rode
back to the airport with a talkative couple from New York who
told us about all their favorite restaurants, none of which we’d
discovered.  They also raved about the highlight of their
trip being La Gruta, the natural hot springs nearby.

Home again, my daughter said I still look like her
mother (she was worried she wouldn’t recognize me), and
three weeks later I’m back to jogging the hills behind my

The results are beautiful and graceful,
without that wind tunnel look
.  My cheeks are back
up where they’re supposed to be, and I’ve lost that
urge to pull my cheeks back whenever I pass a mirror. The beauty
and tranquility San Miguel will beckon us back soon.  Most
of all, I miss those wonderful lazy afternoon siestas.

Suzanne Stringfellow

Click Here to see her Before and After Photos

Dr. Susan – 2003

Dear Pat,

I will try to send several photos taken 24 and
25 Jan 04 (my facelift was 23 Oct 03 – 3 months ago). Needless
to say, I am absolutely thrilled!

The surgeon is truly the Michelangelo of plastic
surgeons. He has enhanced my bone structure wonderfully. My
neck looks like a girl’s – soft and smooth. The bags under my
eyes are completely gone. Even the blotchiness from a chemical
peel done 10 yrs ago by another doctor is so improved (due to
the skin being pulled taut), that it is barely noticeable. My
2 biggest concerns – hair thinning out on the temples and scars
on scalp showing; and developing keloids around ears (as happened
to my mother with her facelift) – never were an issue due to
the surgeon’s  meticulous technique. Muchos gracias and
God bless you! Thank you Pat, for arranging such a wonderful
service in such a lovely setting. I loved San Miguel and the
hotel. Now, hope I can attach the photos – may have to send
one at a time…

Sincerely, Susan Hendricks, MD

Click Here to see her Before and After Photos

Letter sent to International Living giving positive feedback for June 22, 2003 editorial written by Susan Peddicord, from Susan Hendricks, M.D. who had her facelift in October 2003.


I’m a Lifetime Member and wanted
to give you feedback r.e. Faceliftmexico.com, which was mentioned
last summer in one of your IL e-postcards.

I contacted Pat Marino, a US travel
agent who arranges facelifts with a gifted Mexican plastic surgeon,
was impressed with the surgeon’s results, the travel arrangements
and the cost, and took the plunge. Wow! I am so pleased!! 3
months later I have excellent results, and I am so happy and
self-confident. This surgeon is truly an artist.

As a physician and veteran of a
previous plastic surgery procedure, I know quality when I see
it. I have also traveled internationally and know the best plastic
surgeons work out of Brazil and Mexico, with Mexico being the
better value. In fact, as an American living in Germany, I felt
it was worth the plane trip all the way to Mexico to have this
procedure. It was SO worth it!

Pat Marino takes care of all the
arrangements in Mexico (although getting there is up to you),
including a peaceful and health-promoting recovery in beautiful
San Miguel de Allende. The surgeon is a wonderful talented man
who clearly cares about his patients. I could not have dreamed
of better results. This is also one of the few “extreme
values” in medicine – excellent, flawless quality at less
than 1/3 the cost of the US.

Highly recommended for savvy, fairly
adventurous folks who love to hunt for treasure – this surgeon
and travel package are truly gems beyond imagining at an unbelievable
price. Thank you for including this in your publication! Do
not hesitate to notify your readers of this service.

Regards, Susan Hendricks, MD (IL Lifetime Member)

Click Here to see her Before and After Photos

These letters are from Susan Hendricks, M.D. an American in the US Army, stationed in Germany, who flew from Germany to Mexico to have her facelift by my famous surgeon.

Hello Robin,

Your testimonial was forwarded to me by Patricia Marino. Your photo is really impressive – you look great and the surgeon clearly did an  outstanding job! I am a physician and was considering becoming a surgeon at one point, so have worked with plastic surgeons and seen many procedures performed. I know quality when I see it. I also know that the last true bargains in plastic surgery are found in Mexico and Brazil – it’s just out of reach financially for most of us working souls in the US.

I’ve also had an endoscopic brow lift done and eyelid job (lower need redoing), as well as reduction of a bad nasal fracture after an  accident, so I know what to expect. My question is mainly about the  scars in the hair. I wear my hair all pulled back into a bun. How  visible are the scars and did you have any trouble with thinning hair  over them? Patricia told me the scars in front of the ears are actually  hidden inside the ears. It’s amazing how many American surgeons still  put the scar outside of the ears. I met a women when I was an intern  who had had a facelift in Mexico and had no scar lines visible as they  were inside the ears – I was so impressed (maybe she went to this doc!)  Anyway, the hairdo is my main concern, because I don’t want to change  pulling my hair back. Also, how much of a scar is there behind the  ears? I know it’s going to show, but I’ll live with that – just  curious.

Thanks a lot, and I sure appreciate you sharing your experience with others!

Susan Hendricks


Hi Susan,

On the scar issue: Scars are
inside the ear as Patricia told you. My scars behind my ears
are actually right at the hairline and a little  into
the hairline. When I hold a mirror back there I can’t see
anything now. I had a little bit of a raised problem on one
scar  behind one ear because I wear glasses and they
must have rubbed it  while healing. My local dermatologist
injected the scar with cortisone  and it flattened right
out. The incisions that actually run across the  sides
of your scalp are completely hidden by my hair, as a matter
of  fact I can’t even find them or feel them. I have
fine wispy hair and  you cannot see any scarring.

I suppose
it is possible there was a  little thinning immediately
after the surgery but I can’t tell any  difference now.
I would think you would still be able to wear your  hair
pulled back with no problems. Now, the doctor might not want
you  to pull your hair tight while you are healing, I’m
not sure about that.  I wear my hair totally on top of
my head a lot (particularly in hot  weather) and I don’t
see any scars (unless I am missing them!) But  trust
me when I say my friends would be the first to tell me. We
examine each other ruthlessly………a group of us has even
made the  “pledge”……if we ever spot a whisker
hair it must be eradicated  immediately!!!! Sounds like
you have done your research, I know you  will be pleased
with your experience.


Hi Robin,

Thanks so much for your prompt
reply. You don’t know how much you’ve set my mind at ease!
I’m still telling folks at work about my plans because I know
it will look like “something” has happened when I return to
work on Postop day 12, but I didn’t want it to be obvious
to everyone I passed. I knew a woman who had to wear a wig
or wide headband to cover up the scars and hair thinning.
I suppose it could always happen even in the best hands, but
sounds unlikely. Having a meticulous touch helps! Thanks again
for your willingness to share your experience!

Best wishes, Susan

Thank you letter from Andrew, from British Columbia, Canada

Hi Patricia,

How are you? Sorry
for not emailing sooner. Just got home about a week ago and
have been very busy with family and work. Am I ever happy I
had the face lift, every time I look in the mirror I cannot
believe I look so good. I have had notheing but comments like
wow you look rested, or Mexico must have been really good to
you, you look really good. My eyes look so much more open and
alive and that real tired look is gone.

I am really really satisfied. The
cosmetic surgeon is an amazing physician and turned out to be
quite a good friend. Andrea is also a wonderful person who really
cares about her patients. I have to go now but I will be emailing
you soon again to tell you more about my trip…..more adventures..lol.
Anyway I am home safe and sound and feeling great. I will be
in touch with you soon when I have more time for typing. Probably
this weekend…


October 5th, 2003

Dear Pat:

I would like to share my experience
and feelings with other would-be candidates for surgery about
you and the cosmetic surgeon.

I heard of the surgery in the Travel
section of the NY Post. I contacted Pat Marino and received
an information packet, which contained information on the procedure,
about the cosmetic surgeon and his credentials and where to
reach him. Pat Marino gave me names and email addresses of others
who had had the surgery, so that I could contact them. Also
a tip sheet which contained such things as what to bring on
the trip.

This was very helpful because I
was quite skeptical and not sure if I had the nerve to go through
with the surgery. I also was not sure of the cosmetic surgeon’s
skill and credentials.

I emailed the cosmetic surgeon
and he answered my questions. I also e-mailed others who had
had the surgery and they filled me in, which helped a lot.

After I finally decided that I
would go ahead with the procedure, I decided to go a day early.
Pat Marino suggested the hotel to stay at, since I was going
to go a day early. The hotel was a wonderful choice, very comfortable
and modern.

On Monday, we (my husband and I)
were picked up at the hotel by Andrea (the cosmetic surgeon’s
assistant) and taken to the hospital. We were shown to our hospital
room, met the cosmetic surgeon who went over the procedure with
me. He showed us photos of other people who had had the surgery
and their progress after the surgery. The photos were of the
day after and up to seven days later. He took my picture for
his files. Then he told us we could go out and eat and suggested
a restaurant.

That evening around 7 pm I had
blood drawn and had an EKG to clear me for the operation. After
that back to the room and the doctor and his assistant prepared
me for the next day’s operation. They parted my hair where the
incisions were to be made and put rubber bands around the hair
to keep it separated. I was given a sleeping pill so that I
would sleep. In the morning (Tuesday) I remember being taken
to the operating room, where the surgeon and his staff were
waiting for me. That is all I remember. Later back in the room
I can remember waking up and seeing my husband in the room.
I was brought food and was not very wakeful this first and second

On Thursday the bandages were removed
and the cosmetic surgeon told me to shower and wash my hair.
We were to prepare to go to the hotel. He told us his driver
would drive us to the hotel, but if I had any problems to call
him immediately and he gave me his number. We were taken to
the hotel by the doctor’s driver and arrived in the afternoon.
The hotel was lovely and the room faced the cathedral. It was
very relaxing. During the weekend I had some questions and called
the cosmetic surgeon and he returned my call quickly.

On Tuesday he came to the hotel
and took the stitches out. He looked me over the said that everything
was going along normally. He said he would be back on Friday,
the day before we left for home, to see that everything was
okay and to say goodbye.

Pat Marino called to see how I
was doing. She had tried several times, but we had been out
of the room. She was very comforting and gave me some practical
hints that she had done for herself.

The cosmetic surgeon came on Friday
to see if he had missed any stitches. He gave me advice on how
to massage my face after the third week, told me that I could
color my hair after the second week, and said that it would
be three months before I was totally healed.

Pat Marino called me at home after
our return to see how everything was going. Since then, I have
emailed her with questions about the progress after the surgery
and she answered me. I also emailed the cosmetic surgeon with
questions and he answered me quickly too.

All in all, I felt Pat Marino and
the cosmetic surgeon were very professional, informative and
friendly. They make you feel confident. Any questions, just
email me.

Fondly, Rosalie Haynes

Letter from Mary Lynne, Boulder CO. to Rosalie Haynes


I received an e-mail from a possible facelift
candidate, Rosie, and I would like to answer her and others,…so
why don’t you use this e-mail of mine as my referral letter
and send it on to anyone you want, including Rosie? This will
save me a little time and effort as just got back late last
night and am a little tired. This will also serve as my “report”
to you.

Having a facelift under the auspices of the cosmetic
surgeon and his skilled team is a dream and should be the only
way to go for that major surgery. I was very scared, as you
know, but as soon as I got to Celaya and met the cosmetic surgeon
and Andrea, I knew I was in capable hands and knew it would
work well. They are, as advertised, the two nicest and most
caring, fun and warm people I’ve ever met…and when you meet
him, you just KNOW he’s going to take your face and treat it
right! He did that with me. I am still healing, of course, but
I can tell the results will be very good. I look like myself,
except more “refreshed”, which is important when considering
facelift surgery, because you don’t want to come out of it looking
younger but like someone else! They did all the testing and
consultation when I got there and I’m basically a healthy gal,
so that went well. One who is considering this surgery should
be in overall good health and get “in training” by
exercising, etc., as much as possible before the trip, because
I think it makes it easier.

When I met Andrea, who I just loved (the surgeon’s
assistant), I told her that I would consider it all a big success
if I could come out looking like her!!(just kidding). But, you
know her, and it would be hard for anyone anywhere to look like
her under any circumstances….she’s a beauty and so warm and
sweet. I kept wishing I had a daughter just like her. All that
and she is a competent nurse and assistant in a very successful
team of doctors. The Surgeon is absolutely delightful in every
way, really knows “his stuff” and Brad and I felt
like the most fun of the trip was riding over from Celaya to
San Miguel with them, talking about politics and history and
a whole bunch of stuff and getting to know them. He’s an incredibly
bright man, and very down-to-earth. Great person. I am about
to write him a thank-you note.

San Miguel was everything you described and more….what
a town! I was up and around the third day (or two days after
surgery), which I would have never believed would have been
the case…but I would caution not to overdo it right away as
is easy to do in San Miguel as there is so much to see and do…the
fourth and fifth days I kind’ve “laid low” in the
hotel room with audio books, which were a salvation, because
you can’t read very well then. But Brad didn’t lay low and was
out and about having a ball in this beautiful Spanish town.
The weather is perfect every day, it’s incredible. So peaceful
and quiet….just the sun, the old cathedrals, those cobblestone
streets and the endless stone walls from the 1600′s! Fabulous.
We took a taxi tour on Sunday, which was good, because I don’t
think I could have walked as much as it would have taken to
get an overview of the town.

But the last two days, I was totally up and about
and eating dinner at different great restaurants downtown and
doing a lot of walking…these were things I never pictured
being able to do so soon after major surgery.

I would recommend this whole trip and experience
to anyone…it is the only way to go.

Thank you, Pat, for facilitating this trip and
for being so very helpful all along. If anyone needs further
information, please tell them I will be happy to answer questions.

Fondly, Mary Lynn

Dear Pat,

Today is July 25, but I first wrote
you a letter on the 17th following my July 9th surgery in San
Miguel. That was 8 days after surgery, and I was shocked at
how good my face looked. All of my swelling was gone and there
was just a trace of bruise under each eye, which I was easily
covering with make-up. I took a picture, and on seeing it I
decided that my face was still a little swollen, but it certainly
isn’t any more. Everyone is saying I look GREAT and very rested,
but no one knows what I’ve done except those that I’ve told.
This is such a beautiful, soft look.

The experience in San Miguel was
great. Thanks for introducing me to you client from California
who came the next day – we were able to be supportive of each
other during the first few days, and then we knocked around
San Miguel together and enjoyed the trip.

I’ll send you a picture of me now
as soon as I have some developed and you will see a softer look,
with lines much diminished and eyes opened up. It looks great.
Thanks again for arranging that great experience for me.

Sincerely, Carla Murphy

Attorney from Houston, TX

Thank you letter to Pat from Joe, U.S. Army and his wife Jeannie a realtor in Houston.  They are a spousal couple in late 50′s.








Jeannie Hall

Dear Pat,

Just to reinforce what Jeannie has said;

1. She looks 20 years younger. The transformation
is really outstanding. The surgery did more that change the
way Jeannie looked, but also changed her outlook. And it is
true. She tells EVERYBODY about the procedure, about the surgery
and about how she feels about the cosmetic surgeon.

2. As for me, Jeannie says that I look younger
and according to the pictures that were made before we left,
I can see where that is true. The most amazing thing is that
immediately after the surgery I started growing a moustache,
so that when I came back to work, the only comment was that
I looked really rested and they thought the moustache looked
good. A classic case of misdirection. To this day no one in
my family or at work know that I had the surgery and I plan
on keeping it that way. All the folks that I work with think
I am in my late 40′s.

3. I apologize for not taking the time to write
sooner, but have been especially busy on this project for DOD
and army, however please forward this to the surgeon. I did
not have any reservations about his technical expertise. If
I had, we would not have gone. The care we were given while
in the hospital and during recovery were outstanding. the surgeon
shows a degree of concern for his patients and their welfare
and well being that is exemplary.

4. The only thing that I would have done differently
would be to leave the stitches in below my earlobe a while longer.
I am a rough sleeper and the area immediately below my left
ear came “unstuck”. It took another several weeks
for this area to re-heal.

5. Massaging the areas is certainly bringing the
“feeling” back into these areas and the sensitivity
is returning. Men may be more aware of this than women because
of shaving once or twice daily.

Again, the cosmetic surgeon and staff are great.
The arrangements made thru your office were a cut above and
could not be better. I especially appreciate your extra help
on departure day due to the missed flight. ( Lesson here: leave
a little early to anticipate any traffic problems). Jeannie
and I would be happy to talk to any future clients and feel
free to forward this to anyone.


Dear Patricia,

We wanted to express our satisfaction  at
our stay at the hotel in San Miguel de Allende.

The place was immaculate, quiet, and the gardens
were lovely. It was a perfect place in which to recuperate!
No, it did not matter to us that the bathroom was not floor-to
ceiling Carrera marble.

While the staff was not entirely bilingual, they
totally made up for it by their effort to communicate, their kindness,
courtesy, and efficiency. We truly felt pampered!

Before I left for San Miguel, I made a list of
restaurants that I wanted to try.  We loved the
food,  the atmosphere and the service so much at the hotel
that we only went out once for a meal!


Click Here to see her Before and After Photos


I didn’t exactly know that a really
big boost in self-confidence is a by-product of my fresh, new
look. Well, now I know… I was back at work this week, as of
Sept. 3rd. Nobody noticed anything. I look normal, only fifteen
years younger. I talked to Sigrid for a long time this afternoon.
I only have praise and positives for my experience with the
clinic, the results of surgery, the cosmetic surgeon, and the
hacienda. I also responded to Mari, in Colorado, by long-ass
E-mail. She is scheduled for Oct. 11. I don’t have “AFTER”
photos yet, which she wanted, but as soon as I do, I will send
you the entire package. I was busy with long work days this
week. Don’t hesitate to give out my telephone number or E-mail
address to interested clients (I don’t have anything negative
to say about my FaceLiftMex experience). I am here to spread
the word. I think you told me that Melinda had accompanied you
in 1994 on your journey. My vacation in Mexico was outstanding.

We shall be friends always.

Luv, Michael, RN from San Francisco

See Michael’s Photos

Letter from Carolynne, from Birmingham, Al, to Wanda in Houston

Hi Wanda!

I received Pat Marino’s note forwarding
your concerns while I was gone on a Panama Canal Cruise. My
cousin from Ft. Worth and I (I grew up in Houston and graduated
from UH) had our facelifts last August 14 and 15. We were both
69 at the time (70 now – can’t believe I’m that old!). We are
both delighted. We had no problems – no pain, although there
is discomfort. We took care of each other’s stitches (clean
with peroxide daily) and relaxed and watched movies on TV. The
surgeon is a wonderful caring man. I can’t imagine having surgery
here and going home the same day. When we flew home makeup covered
the bruising that was left, and of course we had sunglasses
and a hat. We never had problems with the draining of stitches.
Within 6 weeks we were really back to normal (but looked better!).

Patsy and I are so pleased with
our new faces. My hairdresser says mine is the best facelift
she’s ever seen – and she’s interested in having one herself.
He didn’t do my forehead as he said I didn’t need it, but now
that the rest of my face is so smooth, I notice the forehead
creases more. I have not broadcast the fact that I have had
a facelift, but I lost almost 20 pounds before going to Mexico,
so when I came back out in public everyone thinks my face just
got slimmer, too!

I look forward to answering any
questions you may have.

Regards, Carolynne

Pat, I would only say that you represented
your entire package very well. the surgeon, Andrea, and the
hospital staff were exceptional.The hotel and the San Miguel
community were ideal. We could not have hoped for a better setting
in which to spend the week after surgery.

Sincerely, Greg

Letter from Daryl and reply from Marilyn, who is an RN from Baltimore, MD; Oct. 2001

In a message dated 10/8/01 10:00:29
AM Eastern Daylight Time, darylhartnett@yahoo.com writes:

I understand
that the surgeon does not use a general so I guess I won’t
suffer with the nausea, but now I am worried about waking
up in the middle or feeling “things” during the
face lift.

What horrible experiences you have
had. I am positive you will not go through any of that in Celaya.
First of all, there will be an MD anesthesiologist in the OR
with you the entire time. The surgeon can tell how deeply asleep
you are by the degree of the relaxation of the muscle and will
alert the anesthesiologist who will increase the IV medication
if it is indicated. He and the cardiologist have been part of
the surgeons team for over 10 years and work very well together.
A registered nurse will start an IV while you are still in your
room. Medication will be added to this IV by the anesthesiologist.
General anesthesia is not used, you are in control of your breathing
during the procedure. I remember the surgeon reaching across
the stretcher to help transfer me to the operating table and
the next thing I remember was waking as they were moving me
from the stretcher to my bed in my room. The surgeon and his
assistant were helping move me! The IV will stay in for 24 hours
and pain medication, sedation, and antibiotics will be given
around the clock by the nurses. I was able to wake up to get
up to the bathroom but otherwise I just slept.

The surgeon makes
very early rounds and will change your head dressing the morning
after surgery. He stopped in again at lunch time, in the afternoon
and then again late evening at which time he handed me a sleeping
pill to take when I was ready to call it a night. He is very
attentive and carefully monitors your intake. You are on a liquid
diet post op. Hope you like green jello. After that you are
on a bland diet with no caffeine or booze for 5 days. The waiters
at the hotel where you go to recuperate all know his orders
so it is difficult to not follow this regime. LOL. His office
is in the hospital on the first floor so he can respond quickly
if nursing calls him about a problem. The surgeon lives in Celaya
and is always available to the staff at the hospital. You will
love him. He is just a joy! Very caring and attentive with a
good sense of humor. He listens well. His brother, Reuban, is
the one who met me at the Leon airport and drove me to the hospital.
Very communicative with a great sense of humor. Reuban opens
doors and carries luggage and takes you to your room at the
hospital and gives you a little orientation. This is an exceedingly
well planned operation, everything is very efficient and timely.

Regards, Marylin

My name is Mary Lynn Myers and I got your addresses
from Pat Marino in Florida. I’m strongly considering a facelift
in January, and wanted to get in touch with a few people who
have been through the process. I admit to being a bit scared
as this is the very first time for me, plus going to another
country to do it, etc. etc.

There are a million questions, but I’ll throw
out just a few:

Q. Is ten days enough to stay in San Miguel, what
shape is your face in when you come back and how long does it
take before you can get out and about with concealing makeup


Q. Is the lift very painful and how long does
that pain last?


Q. Were you ever worried that you’d come back to
the USA and have complications and be so far away from the surgeon?
NEVER!!! Has that ever happened to any of you?


Q. How did you find the surgeon and his staff? were
they attentive while you were there?


Q. Any complaints?


Q. Would you do it all over again if you had to?


Q. How are your results?


Q. Are you all pleased?


Q. Was the entire experience good? (the trip, the
town of San Miguel, the facelift operation?)


Q. Is there anything you would caution me about?


Anything you guys can tell me is more than I know
now and I would be so appreciative. As soon as I hear from you,
I will make my plans.

Thank you so much.

Mary Lynn Myers

Boulder, Colorado

Hi Rosie,

I know exactly how you feel, I
was nervous too, but I am so glad I did it. The surgeon is the
one who does all the facelifts on Pat Marino’s program. She
interviewed tons of different doctors but for lots of reasons
she settled on him. She will tell you all about that. I had
no complications, but part of the reason I chose to do it in
Mexico is that you are in a hospital with full staff and facilities
rather than in a doctor’s office as an outpatient the way it
is commonly done in the States. That way if anything does go
wrong, you have the best situation for handling it. And from
what I have learned the critical period is the first 24 hours.
Usually if anything goes wrong it will be right away. I also
asked Pat what if I am not happy about how it turns out, and
she said Dr. B would welcome any patient back at no extra charge.
I guess this never happens, she says the only complaint she
has ever heard is that the results were on the conservative
side. It has now been 3 months since my surgery and most people
who notice a change think it is my hair. I really haven’t changed
my hair, but people have complimented my “new hairdo”
saying I look 20 years younger with my hair this way! (If you
really want to throw people off, change your hair for real.)

Did Pat tell you I kept it a secret from my husband who was
away for a month, and always was opposed adamantly to cosmetic
surgery. He came back 2 and a half weeks after my surgery and
didn’t notice it. However his eyesight is not so good. My experience
was the bruising was almost gone by about two weeks, but my
face was still a little tight and swollen, and people would
notice something odd. If you want to do it without anybody realizing
it stay away three weeks. I wish I had stayed longer because
it turned out to be one of the best holidays I’ve ever had…I
want to go back this year and spend more time there, it was
so idyllic, so pleasant, so stimulating and so affordable! I
finally told my husband and he was astonished. He really could
not tell until he put on his eyeglasses and examined before
and after photos. The results are very natural looking. I hated
my wrinkly creepy neck and now I have the neck of a 25-year-old,
smooth and  young. But nobody remembers my old neck. They
think I am wearing a new makeup or have a new haircut. Or they
think because I recently sold my business that I am so relaxed
and rid of tensions. It is really amazing. The fee I paid covered
everything, even the pain pills and antibiotics he gave me to
take after leaving the hospital, (I didn’t need the pain pills,
but did take sleeping pills which he also gave me because it
was hard to get really comfortable); he removed the stitches
at the hotel. No extra charges for anything, but I did tip the
driver of the car $10 for each transfer. He even arranged a
driver to show up at 5:30 a.m. for the early plane from Leon
back to Houston.

After spending time in Mexico I
am convinced that the average Latin has an artistic gene, everyone
is creative and tuned it to visual aesthetics. One day I noticed
the shower curtain in the hotel was tied back with a rosette
fashioned from a paper towel. Even the maids are creative and
artistic, just for the joy of it. I could go on and on, but
I think even if I could afford an expensive US surgeon, why
do it any other way? I have seen so many scary facelifts in
Aspen from women to whom price is no obstacle. You know that
stretched wind-tunnel effect? I was afraid of that.

Feel free to ask me about
anything else that comes to mind.

Good luck, Mari

Hi Mary Lynn:

Sorry for a 2 day delay in answering your e-mail,
I was out of town on business. First and foremost the doctor,
staff, hospital and everyone else will make you feel like a
queen. The care is excellent and you will be quite comfortable
at the hospital. Frankly I had no pain at all, even right after
surgery and I had a full face lift and eye lift. I felt achy,
and a little headachy plus that tight swollen feeling but no
real discomfort. I felt like sightseeing and enjoyed my time
in San Miguel. It really is a vacation. Your 3 day stay in the
hospital should cover the time that any “complications”
might occur. I was ready to leave the next day! Be sure and
take lots of books and magazines to pass the time because the
TV was in Spanish at the hospital. 10 days after the surgery,
there is no way to have complications. the only immediate concern
would be infection or bleeding or something and I haven’t heard
of anyone who has had that problem but that would occur BEFORE
you leave the hospital. You are perfectly able to take care
of yourself. Remember when you have a facelift in the states
they send you home THAT DAY.

Everyone is different on bruising. I was quite
bruised but that is always a problem for me. By the time I got
home makeup did a good job of covering up and I just didn’t
worry about it in Mexico! Everybody in SM will know what you
are there for because there are other ladies and men doing the
same thing! It was a great conversation starter and I met a
lot of nice people. There is a very large American population
there running shops, galleries, etc so it was very fun. I went
back to work immediately upon my return.

If you think of any other questions, please feel
free to contact me.

Robin Wicker



by Gail Bodine.

Gail is a Reservations Agent
for Delta Air Lines in Boston.

“What a great idea! Cosmetic surgery in Mexico:  a face-lift vacation/tour, at affordable rates. I called Pat Marino at Travel Productions for more info.  She told me she had experienced the surgery and had sent more than 200 interliners to this famous surgeon. My face-lift was performed in a state-of-the-art hospital with a three-day stay in a private room.  On the fourth day, you are driven by private car to the mountain Shangri-La of San Miguel de Allende for 6 nights at our lovely local hotel. Going South of the Border for cosmetic surgery is nothing new. I wanted to share my secret.”