CECILIP: Center for Plastic Surgery and Liposuction
Address: Calle Wifredo García #5, Santo Domingo 10510, Dominican Republic
CREDENTIALS AND BOARD CERTIFICATION
Dr. Alexandish Karvendrish is a member of SODOCIPRE, the Dominican Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Certified as a qualified, accredited, and highly trained surgeon who meets the standards required to practice plastic surgery.
What made you want to become a Doctor and how did you choose to become a Surgeon?
I decided to become a doctor from an early age. I have always been very responsible with my studies, and I loved creating and learning new things, in the same way, I focused on helping others and more than anything seeing happy people. Something very funny is that I always played with animals, and when they died I examined them, and my parents laughed while they watched me. I grew up with the desire to make a difference in a positive way, in each person who approached me, and I became interested in plastic surgery so much so that I started college knowing that this was the specialty in which I wanted to train. It is the best decision I have ever made!
How challenging is it for you to balance life and work?
I think that when you love what you do, it is not difficult to balance your life with your work. In my personal opinion, my work is part of my life. After performing my activities in the clinic (between consultations and surgeries), my greatest satisfaction is getting home knowing that I transformed and restored a person’s self-esteem, in my case, it contributes a lot to my personal life, being able to interact with my patients because every day I learn from them. In my daily routine, the first thing is my health, I am used to exercising several times a week, on the weekends I enjoy going out with my family, have a drink with my friends and I try to organize my schedule, to take my vacations and rest, because although I love what I do, it is a profession that demands a lot of effort, and stress, so discipline in this area is essential. Life and work for me complement each other!
Do you have your own practice?
Yes, I have my own practice in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the CECILIP (Centro de Cirugía Plástica y Lipoescultura) clinic, one of the most prestigious clinics in the country, where I perform all the surgical procedures and consultations.
In your experience, what are some of the most consistent misconceptions you hear from patients about getting cosmetic surgery?
It is an interesting question because I often receive patients who are wrong in relation to what they could achieve with plastic surgery, the most frequent mistake is to think that they will obtain the same result from a magazine of artists and public figures, without first realizing the weight and physical structure from each person. Not having realistic expectations is one of the factors that can prevent the development of a surgical plan.
Do you have a favorite procedure that you feel is your best?
It really is a difficult question to answer, because I like everything related to plastic surgery, although I identify a lot with mammoplasties and tummy tucks, surgical procedures that, when performed, allow us to notice impressive results immediately.
What have you found to be the most challenging in your work and why?
Plastic surgery in post-bariatric patients. After a massive weight loss, the excess and sagging skin is very remarkable, this body change causes drastic deformities, mostly requiring several surgical
interventions to reach the desired goal, and we perform it to improve the aesthetic and life of patients, who often have to deal with the emotional aspect. For me, it is one of the most challenging
and at the same time satisfactory surgeries, where a great before and after both physical and mental are marked.
How do you keep yourself up to date with technology and industry advancements?
Continuing education is essential in my profession. I always keep myself updated by attending national and international meetings, where new surgical techniques, technology (new equipment to
optimize our work) and research is exposed.
How do you as a physician ensure the safety of patients traveling from overseas to have surgery?
To ensure our patient’s safety, the first step is communication, since they contact us, we make a pre-evaluation by which we obtain important data that will guide us to prepare the patient before traveling. Upon arrival, we make the evaluation and pre-operative exams, including medical history and physical examination, determining the indicated surgical procedure. After surgery, postoperative care is essential, we make sure that the patient takes their medications (antibiotics, pain relievers, anticoagulants, etc.), has an early ambulation, wears compression socks, and we schedule follow-up appointments. Patients must be in the country at least 48 hours before the surgery day and stay for at least a minimum period of 14 days after surgery, to be able to return and take their flight without eventualities.
What would you like to tell prospective patients about yourself that they may not know?
I like to play chess and table tennis (ping pong), I was a champion in both sports when I was in school. I like cooking and to make new recipes. I am a perfectionist, sometimes demanding more of myself, and I do not like lies, so if you want to be my patient you must be honest LOL.