Dr. Alejandro is a member of the Dominican Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SODOCIPRE), the Dominican Medical Association (CMD), the Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery (FILACP) and the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS).
Address: Av. Independencia No. 368, Gazcue. Edificio Profesional 3, Consultorio 202. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.
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Dr. Alejandro is a member of the Dominican Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SODOCIPRE), the Dominican Medical Association (CMD), the Ibero-Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery (FILACP), and the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS).
Dr. Alejandro was born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. He studied at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo obtaining the title of Doctor of Medicine Cum-Laude. He specialized in General Surgery at the Salvador B. Gautier Hospital of the Dominican Social Security Institute. He performed a Liver Transplant, Hepatic Surgery, and Vía Biliar training at the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain. He studied the specialty in Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery at the Dr. Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital in Caracas, with the endorsement of the Central University of Venezuela and the Venezuelan Society of Plastic Surgery.
He has received the following recognitions: Outstanding Performance in University Studies, given by the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, by the Student Welfare Office; Honor to Merit, given at Hospital Salvador B. Gautier, by the Dominican Medical Association in July 2006; National Youth Award (Renglón Salud), given by the Ministry of Youth in the hands of the Constitutional President of the Dominican Republic in January 2008 and Honor of Merit given by the Chief of Armament Service of the Army of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in July 2010.
What made you want to become a Doctor and how did you choose to become a Surgeon?
Since I was a child I wanted to be a doctor, the truth is that I never had another option, because my dream was to be a doctor, to be able to heal the sick, and even save lives. After I was in medical school and knew all the branches of medicine, I knew that Surgery is my strength and my ability because I am very manual, I like to create with my hands and that is precisely what a surgeon does.
Where did you do most of your studies and how long have you been practicing?
I studied medicine at the Autonomous University of Medicine (the first university in America) from 1994 to 2000, I graduated DOCTOR IN MEDICINE (CUM-LAUDE) In 2002 until 2006, I entered the Salvador B Hospital Gautier to carry out the specialty of general surgery and in 2005 I did a liver transplant training at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, this allowed me to participate in the first liver transplant performed in my country, the Dominican Republic, which also gave me the honor of receiving the National Youth Health Award (Premio Nacional Juventud Renglón Salud). From January 2008 until December 2010, I did the specialty of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at Dr. Carlos Arvelo, in Caracas, Venezuela. A specialty that, with great honor, I continue to exercise today. In addition, I am a professor of the chair of general surgery at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and of the Chair of Plastic Surgery at the Pedro Henriquez Ureña National University.
How challenging is it for you to balance life and work?
Balancing my private life with work is not very difficult for me, since I really enjoy what I do at work, my wife is also a doctor (eye surgeon) and my children also want to be doctors. In my home everyone likes medicine, when we love what we do, we do it with a lot of passion and it does not become a challenge at all. Rather, it is a privilege for me to be a doctor and especially a plastic surgeon. I love seeing the spectacular results of my patients giving them better self-esteem.
Do you have your own practice?
Yes, I do. I myself do all my surgeries, although I have a wonderful team of assistants and collaborators.
In your experience, what are some of the most consistent misconceptions you hear from patients about getting cosmetic surgery?
One of the most erroneous ideas of some patients is to bring a photograph of a friend or model to the consultation and ask that they want the body like that other person. This is not possible because each person has a particular structure and form of their own. We, plastic surgeons, do what we can to improve that person’s body, but never change it or make it similar to that of another patient. Another mistake is choosing the cheapest surgeon. Patients should choose their surgeon because they give you the most confidence that they will take care of your life and health, and you will give a spectacular result with safe surgery.
Do you have a favorite procedure that you feel is your best?
I actually have several procedures in which I feel that I stand out such as body surgeries like liposculpture, buttocks, tummy tuck, and breasts, these are the procedures that are performed the most in my country and tend to give patients the most spectacular results by changing the shape of their body, the silhouette of their waist, a flat abdomen, well-toned buttocks, and well-projected breasts. I also really like face surgeries, I love to do facial rejuvenation or face-lifts along with blepharoplasty, because I see the satisfaction and joy of my patients when they see their youngest and most beautiful faces. I also like rhinoplasty or nose surgery since a beautiful and well-shaped nose provides harmony with the face.
What have you found to be the most challenging in your work and why?
The most challenging thing in my job is to maintain that doctor-patient relationship that the doctor must maintain with his patient to give them confidence that you will take care of the life and health of each patient as if it were the life of a very close relative such as one of my sisters, and try to get the best of results with each surgery.
How do you as a physician ensure the safety of patients traveling from overseas to have surgery?
The safety of our patients is the most important thing for us as doctors, before surgery we must ensure that the patient is in optimal and favorable conditions to do the surgery and we do this with blood tests, heart and heart tests, lungs by specialists in each area, doing the surgery in a center that has all the equipment and protocols necessary for any surgery, and after the surgical procedure giving a very close follow-up in the recovery house where the patient remains after surgery. Also, we guide the patient well so she has no doubts about her surgery.
What would you like to tell prospective patients about yourself that they may not know?
I would like to tell my future patients that they can trust us as their surgeon, that we are going to do the best surgical procedure that could be done with all possible quality standards, and we will dedicate ourselves to them to take care of their health and life. Our greatest satisfaction is to see you smile after surgery, for the happiness you feel when you see your results, and for your friends to come to our office wishing us to be their surgeon to see the results of your friends or family.