Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where can I find your Before & After Photos?
A: Please visit our Photos & Videos page for more information.

Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located in Guadalajara, Mexico. Click here for more information.

Q: Do you offer financing?
A: Although we do not offer conventional medical financing, we do accept Visa and Mastercard for payment of your surgery and some patients have applied for credit cards and then used the cards to pay for surgery.  Keep in mind that the cost of surgery with us will be a fraction of what you would pay in many other countries.  This means that even the credit line associated with a credit card could go a lot farther than you think in helping you get your surgery done.

Q: What does it mean when a procedure is referred to as SECONDARY?
A: This means that the procedure is being done to correct or improve upon a previous surgery. Because scar tissue is usually present from the previous surgery, it's generally a more challenging surgery which takes more time to complete. As such, secondary surgeries are more costly to provide.

Q: I had Forehead Contouring surgery done by another surgeon and am now interested in Type III Forehead Bone Reconstruction. Is this considered a secondary procedure?
A: Yes. Since you had surgery on the same area before, the second procedure would be considered secondary even though the surgical approach is different.

Q: I configured my quote using your online quote tool and selected the procedures that I need, the required pre-op testing, post-op prescription medications, and the TransOp service package with accommodations. What extra expenses am I likely to encounter?
A: The biggest extra expense is usually your airline ticket to Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL). Unless specifically included in your custom package, liposuction and tummy tuck patients have to purchase post-op compression garments as prescribed by Dr. Cardenas. Regarding your post-op medications, we will fill the first prescription written for you at the time of hospital discharge. Most patients won't need any additional medications not included in this first prescription. If, however, additional medications are needed, then you would be responsible for the cost of these additional meds. The good news is that medications are generally less expensive in Mexico.

Q: Can you tell me the name of the facilities where Dr. Cardenas operates?
A: As of April 2014, surgeries are now taking place in the new Innovãre Hospital located in the western side of metropolitan Guadalajara.

Q: What is your policy with regard to pricing?
A: We believe in providing clear, upfront pricing to our patients. In most cases, our prices are about a third to a half of what comparable surgery would cost you in the United States, Canada, or western Europe. We don't deviate from these prices, so you can rest easy knowing that you won't pay more for the same procedure as the person before you. The only exception to this is in the case of a change to our published price list which would be automatically shown on this website.

Q: Is Dr. Cardenas a board-certified plastic surgeon?
A: Yes, he is. He has been board-certified by the Mexican Council of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery since 2/20/1990. His certification number is 494.

Q:  Do you accept patients with HIV?
A:  Yes, we do.  But, we do require that the patient be undergoing treatment which includes antiretroviral therapy (ART).  In addition, the patient must present a letter from her doctor which confirms this and also states that in his/her medical opinion, the patient is healthy enough to undergo elective surgery.

Q:  How far in advance should I reserve my surgery?
A:  We often have patients that inquire about reserving the first available surgery date. In the past, we were sometimes able to find an available slot on our calendar within 2-4 weeks. This is no longer the case. If your dates are flexible, there is still a chance that space might be available with as little as 4-5 weeks advance notice. But, we now recommend that patients wishing to book surgery with Dr. Cardenas do so at least 2-3 months in advance.