Tijuana clinic closed by health inspe...

Tijuana clinic closed by health inspectors after liposuction death

There are 7 comments on the Examiner.com story from Jun 5, 2010, titled Tijuana clinic closed by health inspectors after liposuction death. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

Inspectors from the Baja California Health Department found "irregularities" at the Millennium Cosmetic & Laser Institute, where an American woman died May 22 after liposuction surgery.

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Edgardo Zavala

Chandler, AZ

#1 Jun 9, 2010
The closure of Dr. May's clinic proves how arbitrary and inefficient health authorities are in Mexico. I know this clinic personally and it has all the necessary equipment, installations and qualified physicians as any of the best clinics in the US. Closing to appease the family of this poor patient that died of a heart attack and not of any liposuction complications, shows how irresponsible health authorities are. It is time for the health authorities in Mexico to respond to their inefficiency and look at the many real problems that exist in multiple clinics in Tijuana instead of closing one of the few ones that give excellent care.
Not Board Certified

Chula Vista, CA

#2 Jun 30, 2010
Dr. Louis May Villanueva, the clinic director who performed the liposuction procedure on the patient who died after his liposuction surgery, was a doctor, but not board certified in plastic surgery.
chula vista

United States

#3 Jul 3, 2010
what was her underlying condition ?? did she have the "heart attack " because of blood loss hypotention,
Carlsbad Ca

United States

#4 Jul 1, 2011
I have known Dr. May for several years,have visited his clinic on numerous occasions and have had procedures done in his clinic. An excellent Dr. with an excellent staff. Closing this clinic saddens me and shows once again how inefficent the Mexican health officials are!
Sojjourner luann

Austin, TX

#5 Jan 19, 2012
I was a client at millennium cosmetic and was just doing facials (at the Texas location). The owner told me about a trip she was taking with friend's to her uncles location in Mexico, she made it sound like she was also getting work done. I still cannot believe I went. So many things we're creepy the prices really weren't much cheaper and stuff was suggested to me the day I was there for surgery ( hey we could add on xyz) very unethical.
I talked to the anesthesiologist bc I take a medicine that needs talking w him and repeated it three times, do you understand? Well I WOKE UP COMPLETELY IN THE MIDDLE and said more drugs!!! The anesthesiologist wasn't even in the room which I saw for the first time. It was really small and dirty. After this the next thing was I remember waking up someone told 'me I could get dressed and that a taxi was waiting for me and another girl. The owner wasn't there and no nice nurses nothing.I was so sick in the cab. I realized after all this how incredibly stupid I was, that this wasn't a sudden trip, a bunch of her friends, this was how they did the surgical parts of there business in Austin ( well just outside Austin). aftercare was non existent. But I felt so ashamed to even tell anyone about the whole thing. I could have easily had an infection or blood clot or medicine problems, they just made lipo seem so simple and not dangerous IT SO IS. Anyway, i now have a terribly lumpy stomach which I never had and dents in my middle inside thighs. And absolutely nothing different in the other areas that were supposedly done. The whole thing was a costly horror show. Glad they're shut done, wish I was on the computer back then and if they are still functioning think twice.(and yeah, I called lots of people who had gone, and saw that the doc was a UT graduate, and saw also that he was board certified, which I now see wasn't true. Such a bad experience.

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Apr 6, 2013

Austin, TX

#9 Jul 7, 2013
Any liposuction, even a tiny part, should be done in a place that has a defibrillator. Ideally in a hospital. Blood clots are a real danger and one is given and should be papers to examine and sign saying just that. Infection s also a very real consequence. And as with any situation where you are put under, anything beyond local numbing, the stakes get even more dangerous. I sadly was one of the people who went there, and I woke up alone. Staff was gone, it was after the clinic had closed and a taxi was arranged to take me home. I got up got dressed and was ussured out to a taxi. I had to throw up on the way and the taxi driver had to stop several times.

I have since had lipo just under my arms and the after care was immediate, also your liver is trying to eliminate the lydicane or whatever local numbing agent is used, the place I went had a defibrillator was not just a clinic. Also the pre-consultation was so thorough, including asking me about all medications I was on, including melatonin, vitamins, garlic etc..... Another thing they wouldn't even allow a car service to pick me up only a friend or relative. Can you imagine at the clinic in Tijuana I went the guest home in a cab!!?? Still drugged out, sick, not knowing who or where I was.....it astonishes me how trusting I was. And I did my homework I even called previous patients to ask about their experiences. It's scary to write negative comments about a p,ace, but I look back on that experience and shutter at my ignorance. None of the lipo took by the way, fat grew back lumpy and weird and dents in my inner things (look up donut hole and lipo) the only reason I didn't my I dreams with this other place is that I have gone there for skin cancer for years and really trusted the medical team. Whole different ball game. This place should have been closed an any one from the mellenium cosmetic clinic that is still working in the austin area should be researched. Know who you are seeing .

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