Dr. John Mesa is a Harvard-trained, triple fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who is known for his extraordinary surgical techniques and stunning results. His specialty is cosmetic plastic surgery for the face, neck, and breasts. He is known for delivering premier, individualized care and for achieving consistently beautiful, natural-looking results.

Dr. Mesa has had extensive fellowship training at top educational institutions, including Harvard. His strong credentials have given him a unique set of skills for cosmetic plastic surgery. Born and raised in Colombia, he brings the warmth and care of the Latin culture to his practice, and he is known for providing personalized care in custom plastic surgery. He is dedicated to ensuring his patients look and feel their best, and with newfound confidence, are better able to achieve their personal, social, and professional goals.

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The journey to excellence in cosmetic surgery: Dr. Mesa

Dr. Mesa, received his MD degree from Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia, South America. He then came to the United States to train in General Surgery at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and subsequently in Plastic Surgery at Pennsylvania State University in Pennsylvania.

Upon completion of his residency training, Dr. Mesa pursued a fellowship for sub-specialization in craniofacial surgery (reconstruction of the pediatric and adult face) at the prestigious University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then pursued a second fellowship sub-specialization in aesthetic surgery (cosmetic surgery of the face and body) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the mentorship of world-renowned Plastic Surgeon Dr. Luis O. Vasconez. Dr. Mesa pursued also a third fellowship in plastic surgery research at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

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Education, credentials, and memberships

Dr. Mesa’s background, certifications, and memberships are as follows:

  • Harvard General Surgery Residency Program
  • Penn State University Plastic Surgery Residency Program
  • Harvard Plastic Surgery Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • University of Michigan Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship Program
  • University of Alabama Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery Fellowship Program
  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS)
  • Member, Plastic Surgery Research Council (ASMS)
  • Member, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (NESPS)
  • Educational Committee Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Patient Safety Committee Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • Educational Committee Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS)
  • Past Resident and Fellows Representative Board Member, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS)
  • Member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)

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Pioneering new facelift techniques: Facelift with local anesthesia

Dr. Mesa is internationally recognized as an innovator in the field of facial rejuvenation under local anesthesia for a safer surgical process and a faster recovery.

Educator and author

Dr. Mesa advanced his education with fellowship training at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital. He has served as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan Hospital system and served as an instructor in Plastic Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospitals. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, and the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

He has written several peer review articles and book chapters. He has published the book Atlas of Operative Craniofacial Surgery (book about surgery of the face) on which he is the Editor in Chief and first author.

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National and international speaker

Dr. Mesa has been called upon to present his research and innovative surgical techniques at multiple national and international meetings. He currently teaches his innovative approach to other plastic surgeons.

His advances in facelift and neck lift surgeries performed under local anesthesia have been presented at national and international events held by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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