CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Partners,  Travel

Cosmetic Surgery in the Mexican Caribbean

Cosmetic Surgery in the Mexican Pacific

Cancun is known as the bread and butter of Mexico’s Medical Tourism with the development of Health City, idyllic holiday destinations like Cancun and Merida and world class cosmetic surgeons and specialists. This beautiful destination rises in the ranks as one of the most affordable, safe and practical destinations for international patients from all around the world. While Mexico City and Monterrey are popular holiday destinations. Cancun has much to offer with double board-certified surgeons, world-class hospitals, and amazing hotels and resorts. Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains more about why the Mexican Pacific is quickly becoming a favorite destination for medical travelers.

Health City

Health City is a long-cherished medical tourism development in Cancun, planned to become a large complex of private medical care and specialized services for retirees. Located just ten minutes from the airport, and in addition to specialized hospitals and clinics, the complex will feature health and wellness spas, shopping centers, convention centers, housing areas, luxury condos, office buildings, entertainment areas and spaces for scientific research.

Cancun & Merida

Cancun is well known for its crystalline water and unforgettable white sand, and Merida (also known as Ciudad Blanca) is one of the favorite destinations in Mexico with its colonial charm and Mayan sites. In both destinations you will find one-of-a-kind cosmetic surgeons that exceed the expectations of even the most demanding patients.

Dr Ramon Navarro

Dr Navarro was born in Merida and started his impressive career many years ago. He is double board certified in Mexico by the AMCPER and USA by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS). Awarded with many distinctions of science, Dr. Navarro is also member of the Associacao dos ExAlunos do Prof. Pitanguy of Cosmetic Surgery in Brazil (AEXPI)

Dr Nain Maldonado

Dr Maldonado was born in Mexico City and started his amazing career at Angeles Lomas Hospital, known as the best medical care facility in Mexico City. He is double board certified in Mexico by the AMCPER, and in the USA by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr Maldonado also received the award of best plastic surgeon in Mexico by the Doctoralia Awards. Nowadays, he works side by side with Dr Alicia Benavides in Cancun.

Dr Alicia Benavides

Dr Benavides was born in Argentina, and years later, she came to Mexico where she graduated as a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon and started her outstanding career under the wing of Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio. Dr Benavides is board certified by the AMCPER and is well known in Cancun as a pioneer and the founder of  the Medical School Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Quintana Roo.

Dr. Rafael Velasco

Dr. Velasco was born in Mexico City, where he graduated as a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He started his ascending career under the wing of Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio.  Dr Velasco is a pioneer in Cancun and is double board certified in Mexico by AMCPER and the General Hospital of Mexico. He’s also a member of the World Society of Anti-Aging Medicine (WOOSAM), the AO Fundation and Network-Lipolysis.

Take the next step

If you have any comments or questions about cosmetic surgery in the Mexican Pacific please comment below. You can also contact me directly at Search for packages on the Taqtik Marketplace, request a firmquote or schedule a consult when you’re on holiday!

CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Hospital/Clinics,  Partners

Facts about Genital Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men

Fifty years ago, social norms did not allow for the discussion of your sex life, let alone the appearance of genitals. In society today, the discussion is more common, and certainly more accepted. Authors and playwrights write about it. Musicians sing about it. There are even ways to design the look of it. Corrective surgeries like the labiaplasty and the penoplasty are increasingly popular among medical tourists, and many are travelling to Mexico to consult with specialist Dr. Juan Jose Mendez at Clinica ICER and change the look of their genitals with reshaping surgery.
Genital surgery

Genital reshaping surgery restores or improves the shape of the genitals, to the satisfaction of the patient. Female genital reshaping (labiaplasty) is performed to change the size and shape of the inner labia and the inner lips of the vulva. Male organ enlargement or augmentation surgery (Penoplasty) is performed to increase length, girth of the penis or both.


The labiaplasty is usually performed to reduce the size of the labia menora (inner lips).  The surgeon removes the unwanted tissue and remodels the labia into the desired size and shape.  Alternatively, a wedge-shaped section of the labia is removed.  Occasionally, a labiaplasty is performed to reduce the size of the labia majora (outer lips) and some women choose to have surgery to tighten the vagina (vaginoplasty) at the same time.


Two factors are considered in your pre surgery consult before the operation. Length or girth? Both can be improved upon with surgery, and some men choose to address both issues at the same time.

  • Enlargement penoplasty- this operation increases penis length. An incision is made at the base of the penis and cuts the ligament that attaches it to the body. This will cause it to extend out further from the body, so is not actually longer, but more of it is visible. Depending on the technique used and the anatomical conditions of the patient, penis length can be increased by up to six centimeters.
  • Girth penoplasty- this operation increases the penis width using fatty tissue harvested (removed) from another part of your body. The surgeon may sew strips underneath the skin of the penis (dermal fat grafting) or inject fat into the penis (fat transfer).
  • Full penoplasty- some men choose to have their penis size increased in both length and girth during the same operation.

Sensitivity is not lost after a penoplasty. Once the healing is complete (approximately one month) the sensitivity will return to normal.

Clinica ICER

Clinica ICER is a leading medical institution in Mexico, with clinics in both Satillo and Sante Fe. Their innovative facilities offer world class treatments cosmetic medicine, including genital surgery with Dr Juan Jose Medez, who is board certified in both Mexico and the United States.

  • Saltillo- A visit to Saltillo is a genuine Mexican experience. You can explore the area’s cultural heritage with museums, cathedrals and beautiful murals. The local restaurants and café offer a huge variety of colourful and delicious traditional Northan Mexican cuisine.  
  • Santa Fe- Mexico City’s most modern district, and home to towering skyscrapers and a bustling business centre. Santa Fe is packed with all the trappings of a cosmopolitan city, with several college campus, global chain hotels and sprawling shopping malls- including Centro SataFe which is among the largest in Latin America.

Take the next step

To find out more about genital surgery at Clinica ICER in Saltillo, or Sante Fe contact Taqtik Partner Success Manager Patricia Barrueco directly at You can also search for Clinica Icer packages on the Taqtik Marketplace, request a firmquote or book a consultation for while you’re on holiday.

CategoriesBariatric,  Partners

Weight Loss Surgery in the Mexican Pacific

Patrizia Barrueco is a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik and works with leading healthcare providers in the Mexican Pacific to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality and pricing. Patrizia shares with us her knowledge of bariatric procedures available in Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta.
Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgical procedures cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients or by a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).

Advantages of gastric bypass

Considered the gold standard weight loss surgery, the gastric bypass produces a long-term weight loss of 60-80% of excess fat. The bypass restricts the amount of food that can be consumed, increases energy expenditure and produces favorable changes in gut hormones reduces appetite and enhance satiety.

A small stomach pouch is created by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. Next, the first portion of the small intestine is divided, and the bottom end of the divided small intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch. The procedure is completed by connecting the top of the divided small intestine to the lower small intestine. This allows the stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed stomach and first portion of small intestine to eventually mix with food.

gastric bypass

Advantages of sleeve gastrectomy

Short term studies show that the sleeve is effective for weight loss as well as a treatment for type two diabetes. This procedure is performed by removing approximately 80% of the stomach. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana. The advantages are many, including the restriction of food that the stomach can hold and the favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, reduce appetite and improve satiety.

sleeve gastrectomy

Enjoying the sun and the beach

Taqtik health connects patients with leading healthcare providers in South America including Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta. Both of these idyllic destinations are popular for their vibrant energy and romantic sunsets. These popular holiday locations also offer two of the best certified bariatric surgeons in Mexico: Dr. Humberto Solis at BlueNet hospital in Los Cabos, and Dr. Sergio del Hoyo at CMQ Hospital in Puerto Vallarta. You’re just one step away of making your dreams come true!


I’m Patrizia Barrueco, a Partner Success Manager at TaqTik, and work with leading healthcare providers to ensure TaqTik members receive top services, quality, and pricing. If you have any comments or questions, please leave me a note or contact me directly at


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