Sunday, December 04, 2022

They perform verification work in aesthetic medicine establishments in Tijuana

Tijuana – Officials of the State Commission Against Sanitary Risk (COEPRIS) began with a verification operation of establishments where plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments are performed in Tijuana.

Following the recent case where a woman died from misplaced liposuction and with an unproven doctor, CoApris chief Erwin Arezaga Uribe commented that monitoring of these sites had been intensified, for which an association with Alliance has been established. Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons for the purpose of preparing a list of certified doctors.

According to Carnina Cárdenas, president of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, there are only 78 certified doctors in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada and a very large number of pseudo-professionals.

“We have a census, we have nothing but a known census, imagine we have more than 300 usurpers unknown to the specialty of knowing how much plastic surgery is done in Tijuana,” the surgeon said.

She reiterated that the doctors who intervened that claimed a woman’s life at the diagnosis clinic in Tijuana are not on the specialist’s list.

For this reason, health officials intensified verification operations and launched the “Your beauty with certainty” campaign, which collects essential information through a QR code so that those who are about to undergo a procedure of this nature can visit certified doctors. Do this with

“What we want to inspire is that at the end of the day, people who go to an establishment for this type of procedure have the peace of mind that they can do it with a certified person accredited at such an establishment. in which all are followed according to the rules”, the head of Coapris told Telemundo 20.

The COEPRIS commissioner reported that 115 verification visits have been made to the institution’s clinics and hospitals, of which 26 have resulted in provisional suspensions and three have been definitively closed.

According to state officials, the health tourism sector generates an influx of more than 2,700,000 visitors.

Between 70 and 80% of patients treated in Baja California are American, a figure that has risen sharply in recent years, according to Jose Quinones, the unit’s under secretary for tourism.

“This gives us an economic benefit of about 13,000 million pesos with data from last year’s 2021 and, although we see how the growth is going, we have 70% growth, the growth is growing very fast” He announced.

It is essential that before undergoing an aesthetic procedure, patients confirm that their doctor is indeed a health professional.

“The university degree that protects you as a reconstructive plastic surgeon must be visible and must also be a certification that must be exposed before any patient’s eyes and if not a red light and if you have 1,000 more red is the light,” President of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

But plastic surgery professionals warn that quaint doctors are a click away. And social networks are full of propaganda and information that put patients’ lives at risk.

Eduardo said, “Instagram and other social networks are overwhelmed, leaking information from what doesn’t deserve and should be approved, it’s like a wave, so social networks should certainly be more closely followed by law.” to be seen.” Gongora, Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Although they admit that there are not enough personnel to perform these inspections, 22 CoAPRIS verifiers will review more than a hundred establishments in Tijuana, some of them already complaining of some irregularities.

Well, there are six cases in Tijuana this year, but that figure could be much higher, according to COEPRIS’s clinic and hospital verifier Laura Leticia Salas.

“The patient does not file a complaint with the Medical Arbitration Commission or file a complaint with us as it is difficult for us to ascertain, there are probably more, unfortunately the figures are not the strong point, there may be many more cases, But we must foster a culture of complaint,” Salas said.

Well, he confirmed that Baja California doesn’t have enough sanctions for those who commit crimes against the general health law.

“And this state that is national number one in health tourism, this state is the one that is missing, number one where as much plastic surgery is done as a city in all of Latin America,” Cardenas pointed out.

According to the president of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in Tijuana, they are asking officials for exemplary sanctions for pseudo-professionals who are endangering patients’ lives.

And if you are planning for a procedure, there are official pages where you can check the list of certified doctors. You can do this at the Internet sites of, and

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