Gary A. Vela, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Face, Body, Breast
Post Weight Loss Body Contouring Specialist



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  • American Board of Plastic Surgery: Diplomat
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Member
  • American College of Surgeons: Member
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Plastic Surgery: Former Chairman
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Fellow
  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Resident
  • Medical College of Virginia, School of Medicine: Graduate & Resident

Dr. Gary Vela is acknowledged as one of the premier surgeons in the area. He is known for his talented expertise, natural results, and his connections to his patients. Dr. Vela’s approach to patients has formed the foundations of his care. Understanding that patients’ thoughts, feelings, and emotions play a pivotal role in their outcome, Dr. Vela is recognized as a leader in his field. Performing thousands of procedures over nearly two decades, Dr. Vela has changed how his patients look and how they feel.

Dr. Gary Vela, board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, brings a high level of experience and expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery to Belcara Health.  Dr. Vela is a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is highly regarded for his surgical abilities and artistic vision as well as his compassionate and caring nature and exceptional results.

His specialty training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Vela then refined his cosmetic skills at 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 dedicated to advancing the techniques, technology and patient care used in plastic surgery. He has authored numerous articles and books and regularly educates other physicians on various surgical techniques. Dr. Vela frequently lectures to area clinicians, healthcare groups, organizations and hospitals throughout Maryland. He routinely lectures to support groups in an effort to promote growth and change, both outside and within the person.

Dr. Vela is highly skilled in both surgical and non-surgical techniques. The foundations of his treatment philosophy are initial education, prevention, maintenance and minimally invasive concepts. Dr. Vela’s approach to patient care is very personalized, with an emphasis on patient participation from consult through delivery of care. Dr. Vela spends a significant amount of time listening to his patients to better understand their concerns and goals and to provide them with the most successful outcomes possible.

To learn more about Dr. Vela, schedule your private consultation today by calling 410.296.0414 or contact us online.