CategoriesPartners,  Weight Loss

Choosing a Bariatric Surgeon in Mexico

Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains more about choosing a bariatric surgeon in Mexico, a favorite destination for international tourists seeking weight loss surgery.

Mexico has become one of the favorite destinations for international tourists seeking for weight-loss surgery. Bariatric procedures help you lose weight and lower the risk of medical problems associated with obesity. Bariatric surgery contributes to weight loss in two main ways:

  • Surgery is used to physically limit the amount of food the stomach can hold, which limits the number of calories you can eat.
  • Surgery is used to shorten or bypass part of the small intestine, which reduces the number of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.
Bariatric Surgeons in Mexico

There are many bariatric surgeons in Mexico, but not all are board certified by the CMCG (Consejo Mexicano de Cirugía General, Bariatrica y de Transplante), the CMCOEM (Colegio Mexicano de Cirigua para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas), and the AMCE (Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía Endoscopica).

Being board certified by the CMCG, CMCOEM and AMCE is a must in Mexico, and there are also surgeons that go beyond and become double board certified in Mexico and in Europe, by IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders).

Dr Sergio del Hoyo

Dr. Sergio del Hoyo is double board certified in Mexico and Europe. He received his BSC in Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he started an amazing career in the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. Years later he completed an advanced course on Obesity and Metabolic Diseases in Strasbourg, France and regularly attends the World Congresses on Obesity.

He is an expert in laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric sleeve, duodenal switch. He also treats constipation, gallbladder, haemorrhoids, appendicitis, gastritis, colitis, colon and hernia and is well known for the top-quality healthcare. His team of experts includes a nutriologist, endoscopist and anaesthesiologist, and they perform all of their interventions in world-class level hospitals in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most cherished destinations in Mexico.  The sunsets at Los Mertos Pier, the cobblestone streets, Malecon, Zona Romantica for LGBT escapes, the Botanical Gardens, Whale Watching, and the famous church of our Lady of Guadaloupe are world-wide known by visitors from all around the world.

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CategoriesPartners,  Weight Loss

Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Patrizia Barrueco is a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik and works with leading healthcare providers around the world to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality and pricing. Patrizia shares with us her knowledge of bariatric treatments in the Mexican Pacific.
Overweight or Obese?

Overweight and obese are classifications that can be defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that can be detrimental to health. The body mass index (BMI) is a simple indicator of the relationship between weight and height that is frequently used to identify overweight obesity in adults. It is calculated when you divide weight by height. The BMI definition from the World Health Organization (WHO) is as follows: a BMI equal to or greater than 25 is deemed overweight, BMI equal to or greater than 30 signifies obesity.

What causes excess weight and obesity?

The fundamental cause of excess weight and obesity is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and spent. In recent history, there has been an increase in the intake of hyper-caloric foods that are rich in fat, salt and sugar but poor in vitamins, minerals and other micro nutrients. There has also been a worldwide decline in physical activity as a result of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

Changes in eating habits and physical activity are often the result of environmental and social changes. The lack of support policies and development in sectors such as health, farming, transport, urban planning, environment, processing, food distribution and marketing and education are all contributors to this global issue.

What are the consequences of excess weight and obesity?

In 2012 cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke) were the main causes of death globally. Diseases like diabetes, disorders of the loco motor system (especially osteoarthritis) and some cancers (of the endometrium, breast and colon) are common risks associated with a high BMI.

Childhood obesity is associated with a higher probability of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood. But in addition to these greater future risks, obese children suffer from respiratory distress, increased risk of fractures and hypertension and present early markers of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and psychological effects.

What weight loss surgery is available?

There are three kinds of procedures that can help in weight loss- the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass. If you are considering one of these procedures, there are excellent bariatric surgeons in the Mexican Pacific. Both Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos are great destinations with top level hospitals offering bariatric procedures. Clients often combine their surgery with a week long vacation! Explore the Malecon boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta Malecon, or the world-famous ‘Land’s End’ attraction in Los Cabos.


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CategoriesPartners,  Weight Loss

4 Top Tips for Losing Belly Fat

A flat stomach is the holy grail for anyone chasing the weight loss dream. The mid-section is often the first place for excess fat to settle and the last place that it leaves. Many clients come to Gorgeous Getaways concerned about the weight around their middle, especially sagging skin after dramatic weight loss. Tummy tuck and liposuction procedures are often sought to get rid of excess skin that can-not be removed by exercise and diet alone. But how do lose the weight around the tummy in the first place? Here are some science backed facts and guidelines to follow before you book your surgery.
Anatomy of belly fat

The mid-section contains two different types of fat: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat is under the skin, it can be pinched and often hangs over the belt in a pouch. Visceral fat is found deeper around vital organs. This fat causes the much loathed ‘beer belly’ look and creates a myriad of health problems. Storing visceral fat can alter the way our hormones use metabolic hormones, increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancers. So why does weight settle around the midsection and what can you do about it?

1. Middle age

With age, comes the middle-aged spread across our waistlines. Muscle mass diminishes and fat increases. Because our muscles are active tissues that burn energy and fat, when we lose that muscle it’s more than likely that the fat will pile on. Sex hormones also change as we age. Testosterone encourages men to accumulate fat around the abdomen, and the drop of estrogen in women deposits weight to the stomach.

  • Solution: weight training. Toning your large muscle groups at least twice a week will help to rebuild the muscle mass lost when you age. More muscles create a faster metabolism which helps your body to burn more fat.
2. Stress

When life gets busy, your body is burdened with stress. Your body is flooded with stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol that cause an imbalance of blood sugar and an inflammatory response. Stress can also cause a heightened appetite driving you to overeat and gain belly fat.

  • Solution: take time to relax. Do something that helps you to relax every day. Meditate, practice yoga, adopt a positive attitude or write in a diary. Whatever it takes to slow down and relax, find time to do it daily.
3. Sleep deprivation

When you’re sleep deprived the body will automatically search for an energy boost. Your brain will stimulate hormones that increase appetite, and have you searching for a quick hit of energy with foods loaded with carbs and sugar.

  • Solution: practice good sleep habits. Try to get to bed at the same time each night and avoid the stimulants that will disrupt your sleep like alcohol, coffee and heavy exercise. It can be helpful to set an alarm on your phone for 8.30pm to make sure you steer clear of these stimulants after that time.
4. Genetics

If your parents tend to carry weight around the waist, chances are you will too! These genetic traits have been inherited at birth but are only activated when you give them the chance to.

  • Solution: make a change. If eating processed foods and avoiding exercise comes naturally, it’s time for a change. Encourage yourself by serving meals on smaller plate, or by leaving your gym bag by the door as a reminder.
If you want to know more information about tummy tuck, or liposuction procedures with Gorgeous Getaways get in touch with our customer care team, book an appointment for your next trip to Thailand or Malaysia, or search for packages on the Taqtik marketplace.
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CategoriesWeight Loss

CoolSculpting- non surgical fat reduction

The leader in non-surgical fat reduction has emerged, and it is known as CoolSculpting. Liposuction has been the gold standard for removing unwanted, stubborn fat from your body. In recent years, technology has advanced and non-surgical options for ridding yourself of stubborn body fat have come to the forefront. 

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a technique that uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery. It is FDA-cleared, safe, effective and is the world’s #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure.

Who are the ideal candidates for CoolSculpting?

The procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas of concern such as belly, love handles, arms, thighs, as well as under the chin.

How does CoolSculpting work and what to expect during the procedure?

The procedure is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction and works by crystallizing (freezing) fat cells which then die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. As the cooling begins, you will feel pressure and intense cold that quickly dissipates. During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. The length of your session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during your visit.

How long will it take to recover?

There are no needles, surgery, or downtime. Typical side effects following the procedure include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.

What are typical results?

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to four to six months after treatment. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. However, additional sessions may be required in order to meet your goals.  
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CategoriesWeight Loss

Weight Loss Surgery in Malaysia

Medical travelers choose to have weight loss surgery in Malaysia for a variety of reasons, often medical. For patients struggling with obesity conditions, a sleeve gastrectomy can be an important ally for maintaining a healthy weight.

Malaysian hospitals can offer patients quality surgical services, for a fraction of the price they would pay in their own countries.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • The Gastric Sleeve is one of the newer and less invasive gastric reduction surgery options available.
  • A sleeve gastrectomy eliminates 85% of the stomach’s surface area. A smaller stomach allows you to feel fuller sooner.
  • A Laparoscopic camera helps the surgeon to make small incisions, which reduce recovery time and the possibility of scarring.
  • The Mayo Clinic reports that “the sleeve gastrectomy portion of surgery may be all that’s needed to lose sufficient weight”.
  • The Gastric Sleeve and other bariatric procedures are typically reserved for patients with a BMI of over 35. Talk to your doctor first to determine if the procedure is right for you.
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CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Weight Loss

When diet and exercise won’t budge tummy fat

When diet and exercise won’t budge stubborn tummy fat, women are seeking out advice from cosmetic surgeons about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery.

Why get a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the midsection and restores weakened muscles. The aim is to create a smoother, firmer stomach. Let’s be realistic. A tummy tuck will not give you sculpted abs but it can tighten your midsection. A flatter and more flattering is possible,  especially when it comes time to wear a bathing suit. Pregnancy and childbirth take their toll on our midsections and result in excess skin or flab. Many women have tummy tucks after considerable weight loss. More and more women are having their tummies tucked to reclaim their hour-glass figures. Ready to reclaim your feminine shape? When diet and exercise won’t budge stubborn tummy fat Abdominoplasty may be the right answer for you.

Prerequisites for tummy tuck surgery

A consultation with a qualified surgeon can assess your qualifications as a candidate for a tummy tuck. These are general guidelines:
  • You are not planning to get pregnant. Pregnancy can undo the benefits of abdominoplasty surgery so it is best to delay the procedure until after child birth.
  • Quit smoking. Patients are asked not to smoke cigarettes before or after surgery because it restricts oxygen to healing muscles. If you can’t completely quit for two or more weeks before or after the surgery, you may not be a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
  • Weight loss. Planning to lose more weight before having the surgery? Wait until you have achieved your weight loss goals before scheduling the procedure to maximize the benefits.
  • Medical history. Prepare you medical records to submit with your booking and disclose prescription or herbal medicines. Once reviewed, your surgeon will give their recommendation.
  • Scarring. Many women are concerned about the scar resulting from the surgery. A skilled physician may be able to hide the scar in an existing scar from a prior surgery or place it in an area that would be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. Scars will fade over time but never completely disappear. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon.

Overview of the tummy tuck surgery

  • You will be administered either local anesthesia which numbs the localized area, or general anesthesia which put you to sleep. The procedure itself can last up to five hours depending on the amount of skin and fat being removed.
  • Your surgeon will make a horizontal incision in the area between your belly button and the pubic mound. The length of the incision depends on the amount of excess skin to be removed. The more skin that is being removed, the longer the incision, and vice versa. Excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is stitched together with sutures. The belly button may need to be removed and sutured back into place.
Post-surgery. After incisions are closed with sutures, adhesives, clips or tapes the surgical area is bandaged. You will remain in the clinic or hospital until the anesthesia wears off and you are discharged by your surgeon. You may need to stay overnight in the hospital or clinic.

Recovery after surgery

Recovery time varies depending on the patient. Your surgeon will give you post-operative recovery instructions.  Patients will usually be required to wear a compression bandage or garment immediately after surgery for a length of time recommended by your physician. Depending on your doctor’s instructions, there may be several days of bed rest followed by weeks of limited physical exercise.  Most certainly you will experience swelling, bruising and numbness. Once discharged you will be given a list of recommendations to follow. Post-operative care needs to be your primary focus so it’s important to make a plan and stick to it. General guidelines for recovery:
  • Wound care. Once discharged you will need to care for the bandage and wound, following your surgeon’s instructions.
  • Pain management. Immediately following the surgery, you will be sore and the surgical area will be swollen and bruised for up to three or even four weeks. The doctor may prescribe appropriate medication to alleviate any pain that you may be experiencing.
  • Your movement and physical exercise will be severely limited during the recovery and healing process. You will be provided with instructions about what you can and cannot do after the surgery. Plan to take time off from work – anywhere from two to four weeks, as your doctor advises.
  • Having a family member or friend travel with you or stay with you for several days will help the transition as you heal and regain movement and motion.
  • Removing sutures. Sutures used will be removed within seven to ten days after surgery to allow you time to properly heal.
  • Maintenance over time. After a few weeks you will notice a flatter and trimmer looking tummy. The results can be long lasting when patients maintain a healthy weight.

Possible Risks and Complications

Even though tummy tuck surgery is a fairly common cosmetic treatment, it is still surgery and carries with it risks and possible complications. While your surgeon will discuss your particular risks with you, here are some common problems that can occur:
  • Bruising, swelling and numbness around the surgical sites
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Blood pooling under the skin called a hematoma
  • Fluid pooling under the skin called seroma
  • Scarring
  • A negative reaction to the anesthesia
  • A belly button that needs re-centering or is aesthetically unpleasing (Check out the information about umbilicoplasty – often done at the same time as a tummy tuck)
When diet and exercise won’t budge stubborn tummy fat ask your doctor is you are a good candidate for surgery. They will advise you of general risk factors as well as those related to you and your health profile. You can minimize complications by following the advice of your surgeon, both before and after your abdominoplasty surgery.

Recovery time

In general, patients are advised to avoid vigorous exercise to allow the body time to recover and heal. Your post-surgery instructions will include guidelines about limitations on physical exercise. And you will be given a schedule of follow up visits either with the doctor who performed your surgery or your doctor at home if you have traveled for the procedure. It may take several months for your body to completely heal even though the results of the surgery will be visible almost immediately.  Return to your level of normal activity gradually per your doctor’s instructions. Trying to do too much too quickly can result in delayed healing or a more serious complication.

Remember to Follow Your Doctor’s Orders!

The most important thing to remember is your commitment to after care. Be sure to strictly follow the instructions from your surgeon and notify your healthcare provider if you experience any signs of infection or other health problems. This information does not take the place of medical advice given by your doctor but is provided for general informational purposes only. Discuss the specific details of your treatment with your physician.

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