Patients looking for plastic surgery treatment or aesthetic medicine of excellence no longer need to leave the Algarve to have the very best. With several awards and worldwide accreditations, this partnership has been in existence for five years and brings together the best of both worlds with one main objective: to live up to patients' expectations.

Three generations of experience

Dr Tiago Baptista Fernandes, plastic surgeon and CEO of Up Clinic, comes from a family of three generations of plastic surgeons and is proud to say that his grandfather pioneered reconstructive plastic surgery in Portugal.

At the end of the 1940s, his grandfather, António Baptista Fernandes, went to England where he learned from the best experts, including Dr Archibald McIndoe. When he returned, he took all his knowledge back to Portugal helping all those people who until then had no solution in sight. He ended up being one of the founders of plastic surgery on a national level.

"There were many patients who needed reconstructive plastic surgery, but no one knew who could provide that support. My grandfather later founded the plastic surgery department at Santa Maria hospital," said Dr Tiago.

Most popular procedures

Just like the rest of the world, in the Algarve it's no different - breast augmentation and liposuction are two very sought-after surgeries. "When we talk of breast augmentation, we're not just talking about breast implants - but also to correct asymmetries, deformities, as well as to treat sagging breasts or breasts that are overly large".

Then there is liposculpture and the Brazilian Butt Lift, known as BBL. “The ability to shape the body through liposculpture and BBL is impressive. These are fantastic weapons that are at our disposal”, Dr Tiago highlighted.

"One of the most sought-after surgeries these days is eyelid surgery, to remove excess skin, to remove puffiness in the eyes, to lift the under-eye area”.

Then, also in the top 10, the younger female population is very interested in “mommy makeovers” after motherhood to improve areas of the body most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Taking excellence to the Algarve

With a professional team of plastic surgeons and specialists in aesthetic medicine, patients could not be better served, from the doctors who come from the Up Clinic, to all the commodities and technology that HPA Health Group provides as well as nurses, assistants, physiotherapists, etc.

In fact, the doctor reminds us to be careful when choosing a clinic because it is crucial to be followed by specialists and not everyone who does plastic surgery is a true plastic surgeon, he warned.

This partnership is based on international accreditations. Among others, HPA Health Group has been recognised by The Joint Commission (JCI) in terms of the quality of services provided, and Up Clinic prides itself on having BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) accreditation.