Fernando G. Serra
About My Practice
What is your practice like?
It’s friendly and inviting. Patients are often dealing with intimate issues regarding self-esteem. Because of the sensitivity required when dealing with these issues, our environment is relaxed and comfortable to allow open communication.
What is a consultation with you like?
First of all, there is more than one consultation. I get to know my patients and go over the reasonable options in detail. Then, I meet with the patient a second time so we can go over additional details and begin preparation by taking before photos, getting consent forms and doing a more thorough exam. Whoever you have doing your surgery; you want to feel comfortable with him or her. I work hard to establish a foundation of trust with my patients long before we go to the operating room.
What do you do to augment patient comfort?
I use On-Q® pain pumps to keep patients comfortable post-op. In breast and body-contouring especially, this tool seriously reduces pain. The one mm diameter catheter bathes the effected tissue in local anesthetics and is not nauseating, making post-op more comfortable for the patient.
Who influenced your decision to go into medicine?
My father is a retired general surgeon. As a kid, I would tag along with him and just watch how he practiced. It was certainly an inspiration for me.
Why do you like practicing in Central Florida?
After my six-year plastic surgery residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, I grew tired of the cold weather and returned home. These are my roots. I love it here.
What are you best known for?
My practice has a great reputation for honesty and safety regarding patient selection, which is important in our community.
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Affiliation:American College of Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
A Minute With
What sets my practice apart
My practice is like a specialty boutique, offering a unique and individual approach to each patient
Smartlipo technology for facial rejuvenation and body contouring
The biggest misconception about my field
People often think that plastic surgery is a substitute for a healthy lifestyle
My greatest achievement
Becoming a board-certified plastic surgeon
The procedure i perform most often
Mini-face and necklift using Smartlipo on the neck and jowls—this procedure has a high satisfaction rate among my patients
What i love most about my profession
Every case is different—we use sound plastic surgery fundamentals and apply them to each unique situation
My dream innovation
Soft tissue regeneration
My operating room playlist
Latin dance music
Three words that best describe me
Friendly, gregarious, honest
- Aesthetic Injectables
- Breast Augmentation / Lift / Reduction
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reduction
- Facelift / Mid-Facelift
- Fat Transfer
- Laser Resurfacing
- Energy / Light-Based Therapies
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction
- TheraLight® 360
What is the difference between regular liposuction and laser liposuction?What our experts say:
The major difference for the patient is the gentler nature of laser-assisted liposuction, or SmartLipoTM. In most cases, it’s a gentle enough procedure that we can do it as an office procedure without the additional risks and costs of general anesthesia. We’re able to do this because SmartLipo uses laser energy to melt and emulsify fat and very small cannulas to remove it. Earlier forms of liposuction used larger cannulas, which can result in additional bruising and swelling. Most importantly, we see a skin tightening effect with SmartLipo.
How do you get rid of “turkey neck?”What our experts say:
A 'turkey neck is most improved using a combination of liposuction of the neck in conjunction with a face and neck lift.
How do I know what injectable fillers are right for me?What our experts say:
This is a discussion to have with your plastic surgeon. It depends on the type of filler, duration of effect, and cost. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, usually last four to six months. Fat grafting is more permanent. Sculptra lasts about 2 years and Radiesse lasts several months up to a year.
What is a liquid facelift? Is it surgical?What our experts say:
A liquid facelift is facial rejuvenation by using injectables to restore volume to the face without cutting or excising skin.
Will a tummy tuck get rid of stretch marks?What our experts say:
Absolutely. Tummy tucks will get rid of stretched out skin located in the lower belly region. The stretched out skin, usually caused by pregnancy or rapid weight loss, is excised; and the remaining skin is pulled taught, improving its appearance.