If you want to put your best face forward, plastic surgeon Dr. John Mesa, who specializes in face and neck procedures, will find a way to make you the best version of yourself. This Harvard-trained doctor, who has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Miami, pays attention to all the revealing details and is primarily known for his popular Buccal Fat Removal procedure.
Dr. Mesa, a triple fellowship-trained surgeon, who hails from Latin America, worked hard to achieve his plastic surgery ambitions. After going to medical school in his home country of Colombia, he knew that he had to emigrate to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a plastic surgeon. Dr. Mesa initially trained at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Then he trained at Penn State University. He further subspecialized in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Michigan respectively.
While he might be a well-known social media star now from posting during his surgeries and making his clients look like stars themselves, as a kid, Dr. Mesa was just interested in taking something basic and transforming it into something beautiful. He would use his Lego-like toys to turn a small house into a mansion, and eventually, a castle.
Dr. Mesa’s practices, which are known for their personalized attention and care, are located at 903 Park Avenue in Manhattan in New York City, Livingston, New Jersey, and a satellite office in Miami which he visits the first weekend of every month. The Miami office only offers one surgical procedure: Buccal Fat Removal. The offices might have been shut down once lockdown started, but Dr. Mesa is now seeing a massive surplus of patients who are looking to look good on Zoom and other virtual platforms. According to Dr. Mesa, injectables went down, but the desire for surgeries has gone up. “I think the reason is that everybody has a mask on, so people are not as interested in improving the lip or smile lines as much. With so many people working from home and doing zoom calls, etc., patients can do a call without the camera on, so there is proper downtime to recover. The recovery process is usually up to two weeks for most things, so this is the perfect time to do it. The other side of that is with so many video calls, neck procedures are becoming exceedingly common – due to the camera angle, a lot of people are looking for under chin liposuction.
If you want to enhance your look with a chiseled face, Buccal Fat Removal, Dr. Mesa’s most popular procedure, will do just that. According to Dr. Mesa, patients typically opt for this non-invasive surgery to look like the celebrities that they see all over social media with perfectly chiseled cheekbones. Dr. Mesa, who was always highly fascinated with face and neck procedures, started researching Buccal Fat Removal and went on to study it during one of his fellowships. He even started doing the procedure on kids to help repair cleft palates by using the fat to seal the palate. With social media becoming so prevalent, Buccal Fat Removal, once a Hollywood secret, is a secret no more – and Dr. Mesa is the master! He routinely performs the procedure on everyone, from teens to those in their 60s and above.
Dr. Mesa uses Buccal Fat Removal to accentuate the cheekbones. However, if you don’t have high cheekbones, you will look aged or gaunt unless you do something about that. “I will only perform Buccal Fat Removal surgery if the patient has high cheekbones or if they enhance their non-high-cheekbones with injectable fillers before surgery. This has become more well-known because of the dramatic change with models. Bella Hadid, for example, is super chiseled. Based on my experience, it is very suggestive she used Buccal Fat Removal to achieve these results.”
You can achieve your star lookalike facial surgery without sedation or general anesthesia with Dr. Mesa. In fact, Dr. Mesa does all procedures using only straight local anesthesia without any pain., Dr. Mesa can talk to his patients during surgery. He even posts many of the procedures on his Instagram stories. “My patients undergoing procedures from the clavicles up are all wide awake,” says Dr. Mesa.
This pioneering plastic surgeon prides himself on his very professional standards. “Patients commonly say they want a chiseled face, but they don’t have chubby cheeks, so I tell them they don’t need the surgery. I only recommend what is necessary.” Additionally, when choosing the right plastic surgeon, Dr. Mesa says finding someone who specializes in something or who commonly does one procedure is usually the best choice.
While most people come in for a consultation, Dr. Mesa’s office is also offering virtual visits. He brings his friendly Latin American culture and specialized training to his practice and his procedures – and that makes for some very content – and chiseled clients.