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Susan Buenaventura, MD

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Susan Buenaventura, MD

Susan 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.

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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Revision post-reduction

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Insurance is not likely to cover a revision, but all insurance companies have their own policies. Breasts do settle over 10 months, so it is definitely worth seeking a revision so that you are completely happy with the result. See your surgeon to discuss. There may be some cost involved but hopefully minimal. Best wishes to you.

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capsular contracture

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Hello, capsular contracture can occur for many reasons, mild infection, the implants being above the muscle, seroma, hematoma, or sometimes it just the way a patient heals. Please return to your surgeon so they can discuss exactly how your implants were done and what measures might correct your capsular contracture. Good luck to you!

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Scar revision

Body Contouring

Member Response:

Hello, absolutely your scar can be fixed. It can be done in the operating room with you asleep or possibly under local anesthesia, depending on your surgeon's opinion. Most often the entire scar will be excised, then re-closed with dissolvable sutures. You will still have a scar, but it won't be indented and is much less noticeable when it is flat. I would encourage you to see an ASPS plastic surgeon near you. Actually I am in Alexandria, VA, not too far from Gaithersburg. Best wishes.

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Cleavage Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Hello I also agree with Dr. Vemula's answer. It is important to respect the natural border of your breasts and it's not really possible to force the implants to sit closer together. Fat grafting can help fill in the inner part somewhat. Other things that can help are putting in a wider implant to fill in the full space and limiting the lateral dissection during surgery to keep the implants closer together. Hope that is helpful!

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How expensive is it?

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Hello Max, it does change mens' lives to have the size of their breast reduced. Surgery is very effective and may be surgical excision of the gland or liposuction combined with surgical excision. A compression vest afterward is important. Cost will vary widely, but in the Washington DC area, it is about $5,000. You should be able to get a written estimate at an inperson consultation. If you smoke, quit! Best wishes to you.

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Pain in left breast

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

This degree of pain is unusual after augmentation. Please consult with your surgeon in person to discuss. It may make sense to consider implant removal at some point. If you cannot see your surgeon from 2014, find a good ASPS surgeon in your area and have an in person consultation. Best wishes.

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Boob Reduction

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Hello Debra, it is common for us to see patients who need a breast reduction on one side to correct asymmetry. There is no standard cost, you should make an appointment with an ASPS plastic surgeon in your area and they can provide you with that information. In our area (Washington DC) it would be about $3500.00. The size of the breast doesn't dictate the fee, although larger breasts may take longer to do and may increase the cost that way. Good luck to you.

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Brest reduction at 16

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

You sound like a good candidate for breast reduction which will make your breasts smaller (about half their size) and lift them as well. Your age of 16 is acceptable if you have parental support and you feel mature enough to handle the decision to have surgery. My young patients truly benefit in terms of comfort, relief of neck and shoulder pain, better self esteem and simpler things like being able to wear tops and clothes and bathing suits that 16 year olds wear. Make sure you find a surgeon you are comfortable with and discuss the possibility of having children and being able to breast feed down the road. It's a long way off, but important to discuss before the surgery. With todays techniques you have a very high likelihood of being able to breast feed later. Breast reduction changes lives! I wish you the best. Insurance may or may not cover this at your age but you sound like you will benefit from this surgery.

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Flap Surgery without mastectomy

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Hello, Congratulations on losing 60 lb. It is typical to have loose breast skin after this. If you need more volume, breast implants are very safe and would be the standard of care. Flap surgeries are more complex, higher risk and reserved for breast cancer reconstruction. Implants and a breast lift, or a breast lift alone depending on your needs, will help restore your breast shape. Find a great ASPS surgeon near you on this site.

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Recovery time

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Breast reduction is a wonderful and life changing procedure! It is also major surgery and though it is outpatient surgery, you must allow sufficient recovery time. I would recommend two weeks off of work as a minimum. If your job is more physical you may require additional time. Patients do not have much pain but still need to take it easy to avoid risks of bleeding. Good luck!

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How soon safe it is.

Liposuction

Member Response:

This is a question that is best addressed by your surgeon, who knows how extensive the liposuction was, if you are fully recovered and how long the breast lift surgery will be. It's good to give your body time to recover before undergoing a second major surgery, especially when it is elective. If you have already had the liposuction, I would recommend waiting 6 weeks or more, to minimize the risk of complications.

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Pricing

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Cost will vary widely by region. In the Washington DC area, surgical fee is around $6000 and anesthesia and facility fee may be another $4000. This would be reduced hospital fees when patients are paying out of pocket. With regard to insurance, only your insurance company can tell you what your cost would be. It’s worth it, and a life changing surgery.

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Scar tissue or more Gynecomastia

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Hello, gynecomastia does change and soften over time. Massage that you can do daily in the shower or at bedtime helps. It is good advice to wait because some firm areas will soften and flatten as they may be some fat necrosis. If after 6 months (you're halfway there) the nipple area is still puffy or feels like there is some glandular tissue there, a revision may benefit you to remove additional tissue. One of the worst problems can be over resecting the glandular tissue behind the nipple, so most surgeons try not to over do it. Hope that helps. Keep in close touch with your surgeon and keep massaging.

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Age limitation

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Age is not a limitation, your general health is the most important issue. If you are a candidate for anesthesia, you are a candidate for tummy tuck or facelift ( not the same day). It's best to be in a healthy weight range, absolutely no smoking, heart must be healthy and blood pressure well controlled. If you are a diabetic, your A1C level will be important. Work with your i trrbest and plastic surgeon as a team and you will do well. Hope that helps.

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Breast Reduction Correction

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

You should consult in person with your breast reduction surgeon. It's unusual to shrink from a D to an A just from swelling. It's also very difficult to predict an exact cup size. If you feel you are too small now then your best option would be to consider implants. Unfortunately insurance does not cover elective breast implants. Your surgeon may be able to help reduce your out of pocket cost. The important thing is that you are happy with your breast size in the end!

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Revision rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty

Member Response:

Most surgeons would one year before a revision surgery. But it would make sense to start consultations sooner if you are looking for a second opinion. Depending on the issue, one might intervene sooner. Good luck!

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Average cost of reduction and lift

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

If the implants are causing her pain, she may be very happy with removal. Replacement is also possible but if she wants smaller breasts, be sure to replace with smaller implants. If implants are ruptured and capsules are also involved, surgery may take more time and be more costly. Reduction or lift is sometimes done the same day and sometimes done as a separate procedure, once the breasts have healed from the implant removal. A breast reduction will remove skin and breast tissue, to make the breasts smaller an d lifted. The breast lift will remove skin only and lift the breasts while maintaining the breast size. It is wise to see an in person consultation to get firm numbers about cost. In Charlotte, NC, I can highly recommend the Charlotte Plastic Surgery group.

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Autoimmune disorder

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Yes you can still be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if your rheumatologist agrees and they work closely with your plastic surgeon to prepare you. Medications like Naproxen (NSAID) need to be stopped temporarily as they are blood thinners. Other medications that treat your autoimmune disorder may interfere with your wound healing ability and need to be stopped temporarily as well. I would encourage you to speak to your rheumatologist, then find a plastic surgeon you have confidence in. Lots of pre planning will result in a smooth post operative course. Good luck 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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