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Gary Vela, MD

88.8% Patient Satisfaction based on 57 ratings

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About Gary Vela:

Dr. Gary Vela is a board certified plastic surgeon at Belcara Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Vela's specialty training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He then refined his cosmetic skills at the renowned New York hospitals' Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat and Lenox Hill with some of the world’s foremost experts in plastic surgery perform procedures.

Dr. Vela is known for his talented expertise, natural results, and his connections to his patients. Performing thousands of procedures over nearly two decades, he has changed how his patients look and feel. 

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery

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Gary Vela, MD Reviews (29)

Breast Reconstruction

I finally have breast that are even in size and the reduction makes me feel like I have lost 20 lbs. Love the change! Dr. Vela is extremely professional but at the same time very personable and puts you at ease. He lets you know that everything is about you and that he truly wants you to be completely satisfied with your results. Love him and Sara and they always make the visit fun!

Tummy Tuck

My clothing is fitting much better. I actually feel like my stomach matches the rest of my body! I also look forward to working out to the degree that I'd like without having to modify based on needing a muscle repair. The follow up care from the nursing staff was really significant in the recovery and support. I needed to keep drains in for longer than was anticipated and I felt supported and respected during the healing process with them. The ability to email questions or send pictures was hugely helpful. The practice managed my pain before I realized I was in pain.

Breast Reduction

The surgical care was excellent. Dr. Vela was attentive and prepared us. The results were excellent. We are very happy with the results. Dr. Vela helped to normalized our feelings, both wishes and fears. He had a calming influence by helping us understand what to expect and how to get help when needed. He was upbeat but not over the top. We trusted him.

Hand Surgery

Everything went perfectly - scheduling, consultation, procedure. Nice office environment, pleasant staff and doctor.


I was told a nurse will call me after my surgery at home, I waited three days and nobody call to check on me. After paying all this money I didn’t get the results I wanted. Am going there on Tuesday so I can get some answers from the doctor,why my back still look the same after Surgery. Am almost three months and my back and butt look the same. I think the nurses should do a better job to check on their Patients after surgery.

Breast Lift

The Medical staff were all amazing and made my experience easy and comfortable. The coordinator would talk to me in the office and then acted like she didn’t remember me when I emailed. That was all.

Mommy Makeover

My experience made me feel very comfortable and safe. Dr. Vela and his staff were all excellent, very friendly and helpful at all times of my recovery and preparation for the surgery. I have been asked multiple times where my work was done and highly recommend Dr. Vela and his team. Sarah his nurse was more than amazing!!!!! She always helped me and called back when I had questions. She is seriously the sweetest.

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Breast Reconstruction

I like that Dr Vela understands what a person who has experienced major weight loss is going through. He is extremely attentive, highly skilled and knowledgeable. He shares that knowledge with his patients in a way that is easy to understand. There is no high pressure selling which is so appreciated. He's respectful and honest about the results you can achieve through surgery. His nurses share that same philosophy and are so caring and helpful. They are very responsive to calls with concerns. There is no one else that I would recommend except Dr Vela and his staff.

Thigh Lift

I was extremely impressed by Dr. Vela and his staff. Everyone was extremely courteous, and appointments were on time. I'm very satisfied overall. My life has drastically changed for the better. My before/after pictures will answer this question completely.

Eyelid Surgery

The facility is very clean and welcoming and the staff was always very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. This is the second procedure Dr. Vela has performed for me and I have had a few consultations not really knowing exactly what I wanted. He has taken time time with me and l have never felt pressured.

Tummy Tuck

This is my third procedure. I would never go anywhere else because of the highly skilled surgeons and the honest and direct way they explain the procedure and the results. I recommend them all the time. I feel better more youthful my clothes fit better and I have a great figure


Follow up appointments were scheduled quickly. And the staff showed a genuine care and concern. Don't really no what to expect in terms of the healing process and what to expect for end results.

Tummy Tuck

I was very satisfied but I have to go back to current some issues due to my age

Scar Revision

Dr. Gary Vela is an excellent doctor - very friendly, explains things in a manner that a person understands. Always makes time for questions. I am extremely happy with the work I had done. I will be back to see Dr. Vela again for more work. I highly recommend him!! I feel confident, relaxed and more comfortable. This surgery made a huge difference!!

Breast Augmentation

Everyone was very patient centered. The practice was flexible around my schedule and ensuring the surgery could be done on a specific date with a short notice. The surgeon and staff seemed to genuinely care about my experience and ensuring I was comfortable. My boobs look amazing now. I am excited to go lay by the pool and especially enjoy that I am not flat chested when I put on a sports bra now.

Skin Cancer Check

Dr. Vela has an amazing patient interactive manner. He is incredibly thorough in how he explains the risks and procedure and makes you feel like you are his priority. That is a rare gift in my medical experience and it was highly appreciated.

Body Lift

Wow not enough room here to tell you how Dr Vela and his staff were but I will try. I'm 54 weighed 330 with a tight 44 waist ( 8 years ago ) with many years of weight loss and working out 5 days a week 2 hours a day I could not complete the final product I was working for, After meeting Dr Vela ( WHO BY THE WAY IS INCREDIBLE ) I had my legs, belly, sides, and back done all at one time, I was told by other Drs it could not be done well let me tell you he did it all at one time all went great I'm now 175, 31 waist and working harder at the gym then ever before I get so many compliments on how I look and I can now see my abs :) that was covered by excess skin great job Dr I ask you to make me your Picasso well this was a total success LOVE YOU GUYS :) !!!!!!!! Well I would say communication with the Dr and ease to reach him not to mention the extent of time he spent with me prior and after surgery this was a major procedure and Dr Vela did a great job getting me through it and ( THE RESULT WAS MIND BLOWING ) AAA TO ALL OF YOU GUYS!!!!!!

Skin Cancer Check

Dr. Vella made me feel comfortable and confident that his treatment would deliver a cure. No Cancer found!