VIDA Medical Center

Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico



VIDA Medical Center caters to a wide range of patients and sees itself not merely as a surgical center but as a source for comprehensive health, wellness, and beauty treatments. Some of the many fields that VIDA Medical Center covers includes plastic surgery, bariatric surgery, dentistry, dermatology, gynecology, nutrition counseling, and more.

The clinic is one of the most well-known and respected in Mexico, with a highly-qualified team of doctors. The clinic is also extremely experienced with international patients, treating over 7000 international patients per year, and offers a range of useful services, including free in-person or Skype consultations, free airport and hotel transfers, combination packages and discounts for multiple procedures, and a recovery boutique hotel located within the clinic.


The clinic is located in Tijuana, Mexico, 37 km from San Diego International Airport or approximately a 35-minute drive. It is also located extremely close to the US/Mexico border, making it an excellent location for patients who would prefer to drive to the clinic. The center also offers free transfers between the airport, hotel, and clinic.

Tijuana is very used to tourists and offers a range of restaurants, hotels, and good sightseeing and souvenir shopping spots. However, VIDA Medical Center also has its own boutique recovery hotel, with single or double rooms, private bathrooms, and amenities including a dining room, free WiFi, free international calls to the US and Canada, and, of course, 24-hour nursing care.


Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

The American Association for Accreditation for Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International (AAAASF)

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Languages spoken



Online doctor consultation
Translation services
Airport pickup
Hotel booking
Local tourism options
Free Wifi


82 procedures across 8 specialties

>Bariatric Surgery

(5 procedures)

Gastric Balloon Treatment

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  • Gastric ballon treatment involves inserting a deflated ballon into the stomach and then inflating it, in order to help lose weight. The balloon serves the purpose of limiting food intake by taking up space in the stomach and thus creating a sense of fullness after eating small amounts of food.

  • 1 - 5 days

    Patients may experience some pain, nausea or discomfort in the first days after insertion, therefore may need to rest before traveling.

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Gastric Band Surgery

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  • Gastric band surgery is a weight-loss surgery which uses an inflatable silicone band to create a small gastric pouch in the stomach, slowing down food consumption and limiting food intake. The surgery is performed to help patients with weight-loss after non-surgical methods such as change of diet and regular exercise, have failed to produce results.

  • 2 weeks

    The doctor should ensure that the patients condition is stable enough to travel.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery

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  • Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help patients to lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach. The surgery is performed to help patients with weight-loss after non-surgical methods such as change of diet and regular exercise, have failed to produce results.

  • 2 weeks

    Flying after surgery can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and patients will need to be cleared by the surgeon before flying.

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(9 procedures)

Cellulite Treatment

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Chemical Peel

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  • A chemical peel is the use of a combination of acids to remove the top layers of the skin. Over the course of a few days, the skin begins to peel and the skin which grows back is smoother and younger looking.

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Skin Treatment

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(20 procedures)


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  • The All-on-4 dental implant treatment was designed by Nobel Biocare, and is used to replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth. The procedure creates a permanent prosthesis by using four dental implants that act as an anchor for a bridge or overdenture of 12-to-14 teeth.

    The dentist performs or examines diagnostic tests (such as panoramic X-rays and a CT scan) to assess the patient's jaw bone density. These scans are then often followed up by computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (known as CAD/CAM) processes that plan the All-on-4 procedure and allow the dentist to precisely insert the dental implants into the jaw.

  • 1 weeks
  • Learn more about All-on-4

Bone Graft

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  • A bone graft or bone augmentation may be required for patients who have a soft or thin jaw bone and are having dental implants.

  • 3 - 5 days

    Patients may need to stay longer if they are having a bone graft from the hip bone. A longer stay may also be required for cases where the sinus is affected.

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  • Braces are used to straighten and align teeth. They can help to correct many orthodontic problems, and prevent problems further down the line. The brace works by applying continuous but gentle pressure to the teeth, which causes the teeth to slowly move. In order for the teeth to move into the desired direction, the braces need to be adjusted regularly by the orthodontist.

  • 1 - 4 days

    This time is required per trip. Patients need several trips to get the braces adjusted, unless an orthodontist at home can offer follow-up care.

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(12 procedures)

Acne Scar Treatment

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  • Acne scar treatment aims to eliminate or reduce the scars caused by acne. There are a number of available acne scar treatments including chemical peel, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, and laser/light therapy.

  • 3 days
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Acne Treatment

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  • Acne is caused by the oil glands in the skin becoming blocked by sebum, skin cells and hair. Most people will suffer with a degree of acne in their lives, but for some it can be severe and can cause low self-esteem. For patients with very severe or persistent acne, treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce scarring.

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  • Dermabrasion is a skin treatment which uses friction to remove the upper layers of skin. Once the top layers of the skin are removed, it stimulates the growth of new skin to replace the damaged skin once the wound heals, which is smoother skin.

  • 1 - 2 days
  • Learn more about Dermabrasion

>General Medicine

(8 procedures)

Abdominal Examination

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Female Health Checkup

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General Medicine Consultation

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>Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

(26 procedures)

Arm Lift

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  • An arm lift, also referred to as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to firm and reshape the upper arms. The surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fat and skin and reposition the remaining skin to tighten it.

  • 1 weeks

    The patient might have to stay until the sutures can be removed, and should ask the surgeon. It should be possible to fly home within 7 to 10 days.

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Body Lift

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  • A body lift is a combination of surgical procedures designed to improve the overall appearance of the patient's body, by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin. A body lift also involves the removal of underlying excess fat and can treat cellulite.

    The procedure is most commonly performed on patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to lose weight, or who have lost significant amounts of weight through diet and exercise, and are left with excess skin around the body.

  • 1 - 2 weeks

    Patients must check with their surgeon that they are fit enough to fly home, as well as taking necessary precautions against deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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Breast Augmentation

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  • Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to change the size and shape of the breasts. While many patients opt to have breast implants inserted to increase breast size, breast augmentation more commonly refers to the enlargement of the breasts using fat transfer.

  • 1 weeks
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>Hair Restoration

(1 procedure)

Eyebrow Hair Transplant

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>Regenerative Medicine

(1 procedure)

Stem Cell Therapy

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  • Stem cells are cells naturally occurring in the body, their role is to create new cells. Stem cells reproduce a completely new and normal cell to replace damaged cells and tissues. Stem cell therapy utilizes this in the treatment of various diseases and injuries which cannot be treated by via traditional methods.

  • 2 - 6 weeks

    If travelling abroad for this procedure, patients usually need to stay for between 4 and 16 appointments.

More about available treatments at VIDA Medical Center

VIDA Medical Center’s procedures cover a wide range of medical areas, including plastic surgery, bariatric surgery, dentistry, dermatology, gynecology, nutrition counseling, and more. Due to this breadth of possibilities, the center is able to cover a range of different treatments for each patient and often offers combination packages and discounts for multiple procedures. The clinic was also the first in Mexico to receive international accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), judged on VIDA Medical Center’s excellent medical staff qualifications, surgical and medical equipment, operating room policy, recovery room environment, and much more.



The doctors and surgeons at VIDA Medical Center are an experienced, expert team, many of whom have both international and national accreditations and memberships. They frequently seek out seek out new opportunities for further training and remain on the top of their fields in terms of development and new technologies. These doctors are further supported by a qualified and trained team of nurses and patient coordinators, who seek to ensure patients are comfortable and well looked after. The nurses are at the clinic’s recovery hotel 24/7, making certain that patients are always able to access medical assistance when required. Staff at VIDA Medical Center speak English and Spanish.

Dr. Juan Carlos Fuentes

  • Dermatology surgeon
  • Specializes in laser and non-invasive cosmetic dermatology
  • Member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Mexican Board of Dermatology, and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Adjunct Professor in Dermatology at Xochicalco University, Tijuana Campus
  • Graduated from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon

Dr. Alejandro Lopez

  • Bariatric Surgeon
  • Member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery
  • Graduated from the University of Guadalajara

Dr. Oscar Lumban

  • Bariatric Surgeon
  • Over 20 years of experience
  • Graduated from the Autonomous University of Baja California

Dr. Jose Jimenez

  • Specializes in Internal Medicine and intensive care
  • Member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, Tijuana Medical College, and more
  • Studied intensive care medicine at the American British Cowdray Hospital
  • Graduated from the University of Guadalajara

Dr. Oscar Ceballos

  • Dental surgeon specializing in implantology
  • Member of the Mexicana Dental Association and the National Federation of General Dentistry
  • Professor at UNITEC and researcher at the Biochemical Department of the National University
  • Graduated from the Autonomous University of Baja California


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