Keeping close ties with his past has helped Dr. Jorge L. Menendez create a better future for himself and his patients. He immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1968, when he was just 10 years old. Drawing from that experience has helped him offer great comfort and understanding to everyone he meets. At the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Menendez uses his life experience to foster better results in his work and more productive relationships with his patients. Regardless of the procedure performed, he sees his patients numerous times during the pre-operative stage so that they are fully educated on all aspects of their procedures.
About My Practice:
In what ways do you favor a less-is-more approach?
I lean toward the conservative side when it comes to the cosmetic enhancement procedures, favoring minimally invasive treatments over more invasive ones. For example, when administering Botox, I like to have the patient follow up in two weeks to evaluate the result and modify treatment if necessary. When more invasive surgical procedures are required, I am thoroughly involved in all stages of treatment.
What can our readers do to look and feel more youthful?
Eat a balanced diet, preferably one you cooked yourself, take supplements, and, most of all, travel.
What alternative occupation would you choose?
I'd be a chef.
How are you hands-on with your patients?
I'll always do a follow-up after treatment and often make house visits on the weekend if patients can't make it to the center.
What fascinates you most about the human body?
It is beautiful and that beauty is present in all of us.
What framed photos do you have on your desk?
I have pictures of family and friends, cuba, and wooden sailboats.
What attributes do you think make a doctor successful?
One of the most important philosophies of my surgical practice is that the surgeon has to listen to the patient, and you must tailor the procedures based on their desires and expectations not the surgeon's. Occasionally, there are unrealistic expectations. It is my responsibility to dispel myths and focus our discussion on what is achievable so that we can all succeed.
Why did you become a plastic surgeon?
I come from a family of physicians my grandfather, father and uncle were all doctors. I have always been intrigued by science, and plastic surgery addresses the body head to toe structurally and aesthetically.