Cosmetic Surgery in Tula, Mexico, with the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team

Over 200 hopeful patients greeted the arrival of the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team with applause on Monday morning, March 18, 2013, at the local hospital in Tula…definitely a first and very heartwarming.


Six hours later, the three plastic surgeons had filled their surgical schedules for the next 3 1/2 days with over 100 patients, and the mood was high as we all eagerly anticipated the week ahead.


Surgery began at 7AM and when the last case finished around 5PM the number of patients treated was 37. Definitely a good day!


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We celebrated the completion of our third day in Tula with a barbecue hosted by the doctors in honor of the MOST team. Conversation centered around the day’s patients and everyone had a special story or favorite patient.

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They are all such a trusting and hopeful group of children!

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M.O.S.T. Trip to Aguascalientes, Mexico

By Sally Bucko

In October, 2012, the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (M.O.S.T.) went back to Aguascalientes, Mexico. Although we had planned to post an on-going commentary of the trip on Facebook, the Internet connection in Aguascalientes was a challenge and we managed only one post during the week.

On the first day we were greeted by 600 patients as we arrived at the clinic, all hoping to be treated by the team doctors in the short time that we are here.

The team of four surgeons, seven anesthesiologists and approximately 30 ancillary staff members performed 250 surgeries in 3 1/2 days, made many new friends and saw some old friends who drove several hours for follow-up surgery with the organization they knew and trusted.

Dr. Bucko operated on a mother and her son who both suffered from a congenital eye problem called Ptosis, that prevented them from raising their eyelids. He also performed several cleft lip and palate surgeries and revised some burn scars.

El Día de los Muertos celebrations were just beginning and in evidence throughout the city.

These M.O.S.T. trips are always so rewarding for the team, which is probably why so many members use their vacation time to participate.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more photos.

Debunking the Top 4 Liposuction Myths

liposuction-mythsLiposuction is a high-demand surgery for many who, even with proper diet and exercise, still struggle with disproportionate contours of their body due to localized deposits of excess fat.

Although liposuction (also known as lipoplasty) is a popular cosmetic procedure – the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that over 325,000 individuals had it done in 2011 – there is still a lot of misinformation out there about this surgical procedure.  Here are the four top myths about liposuction:

1. Not a Real Surgery. One of the common myths about liposuction is that it is not a “real” surgery. While the incisions are small, and general anesthesia is not always necessary, and it may be performed on an out-patient basis, the procedure is indeed a surgery.

The process of breaking up and suctioning out fat requires significant disruption of the tissue involved. The body may have adverse reactions during the healing process. This is a serious surgery and should be treated as such.

2. Removes Cellulite. Liposuction won’t remove cellulite, contrary to many people’s beliefs. Sometimes by removing fat and smoothing an area, the appearance of cellulite decreases, but it is not always the case.

3. Removed Fat Can’t Come Back. Many people believe that once the fat is removed it can’t come back, which is only partly true. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells, but leaves some intact as well. Those that remain after the surgery can get bigger if a patient gains weight, which will affect the long-term outcome.

4. Good Weight Loss Tool. Many believe that liposuction is a good weight loss tool, which is not the case. While it does remove excess fat and improve the contour of the body, it may not impact weight significantly, as the number of pounds of fat that can be safely removed from the body is minimal.

And while liposuction can help remove the stubborn pockets of fat that are visible, the procedure does not directly reduce the risk of obesity-related problems such as high blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

“People are self-conscious about the fat they can see,” Heather Hausenblas, associate professor of exercise and health at Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance, said. “But it’s the hidden fat, in people of any size, [which] poses the bigger threat to health, and liposuction does not remove that type of visceral fat.”

Common areas treated with liposuction, which involves removing diet-resistant fat from various parts of the body through a cannula (hollow metal tube) inserted into a small incision, include the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, back, arms and neck.

Take a look at the Before/After photo below of one of Dr. Bucko’s patients. If you are considering liposuction, call for a consultation with Dr. Bucko, a board certified plastic surgeon who is highly qualified in this procedure.