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Susan K. Buenaventura, MD

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Susan K. Buenaventura, MD

Susan K. Buenaventura, MD, is an ASPS Member plastic surgeon who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® and trained specifically in plastic surgery. ASPS members operate only in accredited medical facilities, adhere to a strict code of ethics and fulfill continuing medical education requirements in plastic surgery, including training in patient safety techniques. As your medical partner, Dr. Buenaventura is dedicated to working with you to achieve your goals.


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About

Meet Dr. Susan Buenaventura

Dr. Buenaventura is a board certified plastic surgeon in private practice since 1995 with a fully accredited surgical facility in her office. She meets with you personally and will give you the time and attention you need to discuss what areas you would like to improve.  She and her staff take care of you every step of the way, from the first consultation to the day of surgery and through the recovery period. Our goal is a well informed and well cared for patient. Our practice thrives because of referrals from happy patients and continued relationships with happy patients. We want you to be one of them! 

Your Consultation

Dr. Buenaventura personally meets with each patient for surgical consultation.  You will receive an expert opinion on the best treatment for you including surgical or non surgical approaches.  She will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure. The staff will review where the surgery will be performed and what cost is involved, including surgery, anesthesia and post-operative care.  By the time you leave our office, you will feel very knowledeable about the procedure and comfortable with our staff.  We will meet with you again prior to the surgery to review instructions, write prescriptions and discuss details.

Procedures

Procedures Performed

Arm Lift

Body Contouring

Botulinum Toxin

Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Revision

Breast Lift

Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments

Cosmetic Surgery

Dermal Fillers

Ear Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Facelift

Injectable Fillers

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lip Augmentation / Enhancement

Liposuction

Male Breast Reduction

Microdermabrasion

Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

Nonsurgical Vaginal Rejuvenation

Panniculectomy

Retin-A Treatments

Skin Cancer Removal

Tram Flap Breast Reconstruction

Tummy Tuck

Ask A Surgeon

Ask a Surgeon

Dr. Susan Buenaventura participates in the ASPS Ask A Surgeon service. View responses to public questions below.

Botox and Injectors- Nurse Injectors or MD?

Botulinum Toxin

Member Response:

Like Dr. Wong, surgeons have very extensive training in all aspects of facial anatomy and aesthetics and are more experienced injectors. Simply tell the office you would like the surgeon to do your injections if you have already had a good experience. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding.

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Have Implants, Can I have a lift and keep my implants

Breast Lift

Member Response:

Hello, it is quite reasonable to need some additional tightening of the breast skin after 13 years. If you are happy with your implant size there is no need to change them, but let the plastic surgeon check the implants as well at the time of your consultation. Mentor implants are high quality and it is great that you are still happy with them. Cost will vary widely with the location, surgeon etc. In the DC area, it is about $7000 with surgery, anesthesia and follow up care. I hope this is helpful.

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Bell’s palsy

Liposuction

Member Response:

Bells Palsy does tend to resolve over time. Liposuction in the facial area can certainly cause injury to the branches of the facial nerve so this could be another possible explanation. See your plastic surgeon for follow up, but it may be a permanent problem after three years. Perhaps consultation with a neurologist would also be appropriate to rule out other causes. Best wishes.

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Heat radiates into my left breast when standing up from laying down then goes away

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Hello, it sounds like you may have an infection. It is important to see your plastic surgeon to check. With an implant in place, it is important to assess this and treat if necessary. Signs of infection can be warmth, redness, pain in the breast or fever. Hydrate, rest and check in with your surgeon. Good luck to you.

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Excessive weight gain during pregnancy

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

You have a diastasis recti (common with your condition or twins, large babies etc) and excess skin. It sounds like an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) would benefit you and correct these issues, creating a stronger core, better back support and remove the excess skin. It is common to wait until you have finished childbearing though not absolutely necessary. This is not a procedure that insurance covers, but many hospitals have discounted fees for surgeries that are self pay. It is worth getting the muscle repaired and excess skin removed, it will benefit you now and down the road. Good luck!

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Tummy tuck vs Liposuction

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Congratulations on your two children. Liposuction will remove excess fat and help reshape your body. It doesn't result in weight loss, more reshaping. If you do not have excess skin or muscle looseness (diastasis), then liposuction sounds like a better option for you. This surgery is safe in the hands of properly trained and board certified Plastic Surgeons who are members of The American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Good luck!

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Overall cost

Eyelid Surgery

Member Response:

The upper eyelid will require mainly skin removal and the lower lid will require removal of excess fatty pockets and a small amount of skin. This is an upper and lower blepharoplasty and generally requires about 2 hours of surgery. Cost will vary with the surgeon and facility where surgery is performed, and area of the country. In my area charges are generally $5000 plus anesthesia charges. You can get a quote at the time of your consultation.

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Age

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

I feel that breast augmentation is best done once the patient is at least 18. It is important to feel ready psychologically as well and have family support. The FDA recommends patients are 22 before getting silicone implants but saline implants are available at a younger age. Discussion with your primary care doctor can also be very helpful in this regard. It is always good to have a consultation, learn as much as you can about the procedure and then move forward at a later date if necessary. It is one of the best procedures we offer! I hope this is helpful to you.

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Lose skin vs excessive fat

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Congratulations on your weight loss and athleticism. The excess skin does have fat attached to it but the majority is likely excess skin from when you were heavier. You are a good candidate for skin excision. On the trunk it would be abdominoplasty, on the arms brachioplasty, and on the thighs a thigh lift or lower body lift. Every case is unique. Seek a consultation with an ASPS surgeon in your area to plan out the process. It would not all be done at once. Hope this is helpful.

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Thick and round nose

Rhinoplasty

Member Response:

It is true that very thick skin can mask the results of a rhinoplasty. If the thickness of your skin is due to rhinophyma (overgrowth of sebaceous glands) then TRL laser may help. It is unlikely that further rhinoplasty would help. Hope this is helpful.

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I need Help

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

i am sorry to hear of your pain and you sound like you would benefit from a breast reduction. If you have found a surgeon you like, get a quote and work on saving for it. It will be worth it. It is a life changing procedure. Some surgeons may offer this in their office facilities which is usually less expensive than a hospital setting. If you surgeon offers Care Credit it is sometimes possible to get 0% interest for one year. Think of it like saving for a car or a vacation....it will be worth the effort. If you feel that is not an option then you may find some teaching hospitals that offer reduced cost for surgery by training residents. I wish you the best!

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What are my options?

Liposuction

Member Response:

At age 27 you should have good elasticity in your skin, so removing the fat non surgically should be effective. Coolsculpting may be effective for you. I would recommend you seek a consultation in a plastic surgeon's office where they can give you all of your options. Surgical liposuction leaves very minimal scars also. Good luck!

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Extrusion

Breast Implant Revision

Member Response:

Once the implant has extruded through the skin, it must be removed, the breast allowed to heal ( or the site might be excised and closed that day, and after 2-3 months you can safely replace the implant. Otherwise the infection risk is too great.

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Breast reduction for small breasts

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Hello Mari, if your breasts feel too heavy and too large for your petite frame then a breast lift/reduction sounds appropriate. It is always important to leave enough breast tissue to keep the breast healthy. A breast lift would remove excess skin but not breast tissue so your cup size should remain the same. It sounds like you need a little bit of both. Find an ASPS surgeon near you for an in person consultation and best wishes.

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What's The Difference

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

A breast lift will remove excess skin but keep your breast tissue and corrects sagging breasts. Scars are usually around the areola and under the breast. Augmentation means you are increasing the breast size with implants. Silicone gives the most natural look and feel, but saline is also available and you should choose the one you prefer. Sometimes patients have both procedures done but each case is individual. Hope that is helpful!

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Too old for breast reduction

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

You are not too old for a breast reduction! It is a life changing procedure and you will need an ok from your medical doctor as well. Find an ASPS Surgeon you like and get a consultation so you can find out about risks, benefits, cost and how to prepare. They can also explore your insurance options. Focus on your health and check into Care Credit. Explore all options and best wishes to you.

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Birthmarks

Cosmetic Surgery

Member Response:

Hello, if it is mainly brown it will likely respond to a combination of laser and broad band light. Birthmarks can be at varying depths in the skin and clinical evaluation and your skin's response to the treatment will dictate treatment endpoints. It woukd be common to need multiple sessions which will affect cost. I would definitely recommend seeing a plastic surgeon first to determine if surgery or laser is best.

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Breast lift during explant

Breast Lift

Member Response:

They are both right....it can be done but can also be risky. If your implants are currently below the muscle that makes it a little safer. If they are above the muscle and your breast tissue is thin it can be risky for damaging blood supply. Obviously it requires an experienced surgeon and good judgment to advise you properly. It is always safest to do them separately but isn't always necessary. Go with the surgeon you feel most comfortable with.

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Diastasis Recti repair

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Hello, I would see a plastic surgeon first as they will repair the diastasis and possibly the hernia as well. If they feel you need a general surgeon also, they can recommend it at that time. Diastasis recti repair is not covered by insurance and cannot be submitted to Medicare. The hernia repair can be submitted for insurance coverage, so you will have part cosmetic, part insurance for billing purposes. Ask ASPS for a list of board certified plastic surgeons near you. Best wishes.

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Can I go super small

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

It is usually possible to reduce down by 2 cup sizes with a breast reduction. It is also not possible to predict an exact cup size as bra sizes/fittings differ widely. You can rest assured that a breast reduction can remove a significant amount of tissue. It is also important to leave behind enough tissue to keep the remaining breast healthy. I would suggest that before you undergo surgery, you get professionally fitted for your bra size (it's often larger than women think). Best wishes to you!

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Payment

Payment Options

  • Cash or Personal Checks
  • Patient Financing
Insurance Options
  • We are out of network with insurance companies and will help you determine your benefits as well as submit appropriate claims on your behalf
Location

Our Location

Our Office Hours

Monday  9-4

Tuesday 9-4:30

Wednesday  8-4:30 (Surgery)

Thursday 9-4:30

Friday  9-2 (Surgery)


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