Ciao Bella’s Helping Hands, which officially launched this week, is a new community service project focused on improving the lives, self confidence and self worth of any uninsured individual who has suffered a disfiguring illness, surgery, accident or birth defect.

Once a month, the staff from Ciao Bella Medical Spa and Vein Clinic will select a recipient in need – a person who could not otherwise afford reconstructive surgery. Dr. Carlos Mata and Dr. Edgardo Zavala will perform a completely complimentary procedure with the sole intent to positively alter the recipient’s quality of life.

“We created Ciao Bella’s Helping Hands to give people, who have endured hardships, another chance at life. We want to make a difference in their lives and in our community,” said Dr. Carlos Mata. “To our knowledge nothing like this has ever been done and we hope it inspires other doctors to share their talent, time and resources with those in need.”  

Since opening Ciao Bella Medical Spa & Vein Clinic in 2007, Dr. Edgardo Zavala has been committed to helping his patients achieve the look they desire to improve their quality of life and their self-esteem. 

Ciao Bella’s Helping Hands — an extension of that ongoing mission and passion— will offer pro bono an opportunity to any individual who can benefit from a plastic and reconstructive surgery, but never dreamed it was within their reach due to financial hardship.

Ciao Bella’s Helping Hands is led by Dr. Mata, an outstanding, skilled Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who recently moved to Arizona and has spent his entire career helping those in need on a variety of medical mission trips to third world countries, as well as the United States Army and Air Force as a full-time, active duty Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon. Dr. Mata has an extensive background on Aesthetic surgery for both adults and children.

“Giving back to society, especially to one’s own community is part of what every doctor should do. I did not go into medicine to only perform Aesthetic Surgeries, but also to help those who are less fortunate and cannot function properly due debilitating and disfiguring conditions,” said Dr. Mata.

Ciao Bella’s Helping Hands will provide in-kind surgical procedures to the beneficiary’s body, face and/or hands to enhance aesthetic and functional outcome. The program is open to anyone with a medical need, however, candidates must be 15 years of age or older and able to tolerate local anesthesia, as well as moderate sedation.

Ciao Bella Medical Spa and Vein Clinic will accept self nominations and patient referrals. An application must be submitted online at

A brief essay is required detailing medical condition, need for a reconstructive procedure and financial hardship. Photos must be submitted along with the application. Applications  also may be submitted in person at Ciao Bella Medical Spa & Vein Clinic located at 2310 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1 in Chandler, AZ.