What made you want to become a Doctor and how did you choose to become a Plastic surgeon?
Hello! The vocation of service as a doctor was inspired by my father, whom from a young age I accompanied on his visits and home consultations, creating a desire in me to study such a beautiful profession.
While studying medicine, I met some people and teachers who awoke in me a passion for plastic surgery. I found it fascinating when studying the subject at university and so I have always had in my mind and in my heart the desire and great dream of being a plastic surgeon.
Where did you do most of your studies and how long have you been practicing?
I began to study medicine in 2001 while still a minor. I graduated with academic honors, Magna Cumm Laude from the Central University of the East, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.
In 2008 I won the contest as a resident of the prestigious school of General Surgery of the Salvador B. Gautier Hospital, which built the foundations of a long but satisfactory road, eventually obtaining the title of General Surgeon and Laparoscopist in 2012. A year later I managed to enter the much-desired school of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery, the only one in the country, winning first place on this occasion. Since then I have been in love with my work and my profession which is not just a job for me but is beautiful work made with love and passion.
Do you have your own practice?
Yes, I do, we are located in the Center of Plastic Surgery and Specialties Sto. Dgo. (CECIP), where I have been developing my private practice for a while. My husband and I, who is also a doctor recently opened another practice together, at the Center of Obstetrics and Gynecology, located in the city.
In your experience, what are some of the most consistent misconceptions you hear from patients about getting cosmetic surgery?
The worst thing is when a patient has unrealistic expectations. Every body and every person is different, you won’t look the same as your friend, you may look better, but never the same. It is important to know that we have a starting point, that is, an area or areas of the body that you want to improve the most above any other, and that this improvement can be achieved. We are not gods, nor do we have a magic wand, we are professionals who see art and beauty through what we do, but first and foremost, always looking out for the safety of the patient.
Do you have a favorite procedure that you feel is your best?
I think mammoplasties are my favorite, both augmentation and reduction. But I like absolutely everything I do, it’s something I love to do.
What have you found to be the most challenging in your work and why?
Every day and every surgery represents a challenge; the challenge of giving your best and putting your heart into everything we do. Reconstructive surgeries are sometimes more demanding and challenging at times.
How do you keep yourself up to date with technology and industry advancements?
We are always being educated, through national and international symposiums and congresses and attending workshops on new technology and its uses. Everyday we’re learning something new as the learning process never ends.
How do you as a physician ensure the safety of patients traveling from overseas to have surgery?
First of all, I recommend that you investigate the procedures you want to get and especially the hands of those who you will put your life in. Always look for a certified plastic surgeon, adhered to ethical and safety codes. On the other hand, never hide any information, discuss your clinical record with the doctor, stay the days necessary for your correct recovery, and follow to the letter the doctor’s recommendations. These are the keys to success.