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Figuring It Out

Figuring It Out

There’s no denying that South Florida is one of the most body-conscious regions in the U.S. And with so many images and mixed messages bombarding you on a daily basis, it can be difficult to remain level-headed. Surgical solutions might not be for everyone, but if you think they’re for you, Dr. Daniel Careaga of Careaga Plastic Surgery, an award-winning, double board-certified plastic surgeon, can help you navigate your way to the body that’s perfect for you.

After nearly 10,000 surgeries, Careaga knows full well that one size does not fit all, and he relishes the challenge. Part practitioner, part sculptor, he recognizes that what he does is not just a science, but also an art. “Plastic surgery is the perfect fusion of art and science,” he says. “You need an artistic eye to take something good and make it better.”

With that said, cosmetic surgery, like any surgery, is not to be taken lightly. It comes down to expectations, feasibility and finances. “The ideal candidates for aesthetic surgery must have their expectations aligned with their condition, deformity or whatever is affecting their self-confidence,” says Careaga. “An elderly person who wants the breasts of a 20-year-old is not being realistic.”

Even as a surgeon, Careaga respects the advancements in nonsurgical options. “Noninvasive procedures like CoolSculpting are an adjunct, effective for love handles or lower abdominal fat,” he says. “But if you have fat distributed all over the body, you won’t get the same result. Surgery is still the gold standard and the best option for a more complete correction.”

Careaga Plastic Surgery, 220 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables; 305.960.7511;

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