Dr. Melinda Lacerna, MD
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General Surgery | Female

Care Philosophy

A consultation with Dr. Lacerna is like confiding to a close friend about insecurities you have about your appearance. As a woman, she listens very closely to your concerns and hopes. She understands exactly how women want to look and feel whether in a bikini or lingerie, or simply wanting the right curves in jeans, a little black dress, or a wedding gown. She understands you want your face to have that natural glow during a candlelit dinner or a reunion, but not look like you just had your face done. She understands that men also care as much abut their appearance, but they do not want to look overdone. As an artist, Dr. Lacerna can visualize the potential masterpiece in each individual. As an accomplished surgeon, she uses her skills and compassion to deliver the very best results safely and effectively.

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Biography

Dr. Melinda Lacerna, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Sarasota, FL. She is 45 years old and has been practicing for 19 years. Dr. Lacerna is affiliated with Blake Medical Center.

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    Dr. Lacerna's Reviews

    Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lacerna to family and friends
    3.1
    based on 28 total surveys (17 with reviews)
    Dr. Lacerna's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      GOOD
    • Explains condition(s) well
      GOOD
    • Answers Questions
      GOOD
    • Time well spent
      GOOD
    Office & Staff Performance
    • Scheduling
      VERY GOOD
    • Office environment
      VERY GOOD
    • Staff friendliness
      VERY GOOD
    • Average wait time
      16 to 30 minutes
    Patient Reviews (17)
    Parrish, FL |
    Saw her about a reduction and was very dissatisfied with her attitude, recommendation and outcome of similar surgeries she could show me.
    in Sarasota, FL |
    Lacerna must be paying for the high reviews she received on this site. She has a very bad reputation in the city of Sarasota for being unskilled and for lacking empathy for her patients. I went to several follow up appointments with a friend who almost lost her eye sight because of Lacerna's neglegence. It is shameful that such low standards exist for Plastic Surgeons in this state. You could kill someone and still be allowed to practice. Do your fair share of research!
    Bradenton,FL |
    Hands down the worst Doctor in town. I've had to spend thousands of dollars to repair the damage that was done to my body and the hands of this surgeon. Do your research!
    in Bradenton, FL |
    12/10!
    in Bradenton, FL |
    I recommend anyone with a skin issue or a cosmetic concern to make an apt with either Dr. Ross or Dr. Lacerna. My experience with them and the staff has been nothing short of professional, kind, and I left feeling that my concerns were answered. I'll be going back!
    in Bradenton, FL |
    Great doctor, great experience, Great staff
    in Bradenton, FL |
    Dr. Lacerna is very knowledgeable and staff are always pleasant and nice. Always happy with my visits and I have been with her over 4 years now.
    in Sarasota Fl |
    I am having Dr Lacerna do my eyes! Great doctor
    in Bradenton, FL |
    Dr. Lacerna and staff went above and beyond for me from the first initial consultation to every question I needed answered ....highly recommend this team for any surgical experience 5 stars hands down
    Sarasota, FL |
    Her level of unprofessionalism and lack of basic knowledge surrounding patient after care is astounding. My advice to you "Doctor" Lacerna, is spend less time gossiping in the office about your weekend plans and go read a book on bedside manner. I wouldn't recommend this woman to my worst enemy.
    in North Port, FL |
    Dr. Lacerna is top notch! She has corrected my issue and some so much more for me. I will continue to trust her with anything else I will do in the future!
    North Port, FL |
    I love Dr.Lacerna and her staff. You always get treated well. They are excellent at their job and what they do.
    Sarasota, FL |
    Dr LaCerna is not doing a good job. My TT was atrocious. This woman let me leave her operating room with obvious complications. She ignored the fact for 3 weeks!!...that I wasn't healing properly and did not admit anything until I brought the subject up. She does not know what she's doing. How does someone get medical degrees? Her attitude and aloofness is blatant and I beg that people will read these reviews. Dr LaCerna....If you read this...Please make a change or stop all together.
    in Bradenton, FL |
    I have been contemplating a "mommy make over", for a while and I finally made the decision to do it. Dr Lacerna and her staff made it a very easy decision. They are real people and have realistic expectations. I am so very happy I did it. My expectations were exceeded X2! I'm happy! My husband is happy! I get compliments on my appearance now, and it's been years since I have had this much confidence. If your thinking about it, don't look any further. Dr Lacerna will change your life!
    in Sarasota, FL |
    Dr Lacerna is very nice in the beginning. She performed a neck tightening, laser and upper and lower eyelid lift. I had my surgery in February of 2015. Neck, okay, not great...laser was good...eyes a nightmare. Since my surgery I have had multiple trips to the eye surgeon, and eventually had corrective surgery to repair the lower lid drooping and gaps in my left eye. It required skin grafting from my soft palette and weeks of downtime. My advice, do your homework and read all the reviews.
    Bradenton, FL |
    I don't understand the bad reviews. She's amazing!! My work is beautiful. Wouldn't trust anyone else
    in Bradenton |
    Terrible. Wouldn't recommend her to my worst enemy. Stay away, this doctor doesn't have good closing (sewing) skills to say the least. So upset with this doctor!
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    Dr. Lacerna's Care Philosophy

    A consultation with Dr. Lacerna is like confiding to a close friend about insecurities you have about your appearance. As a woman, she listens very closely to your concerns and hopes. She understands exactly how women want to look and feel whether in a bikini or lingerie, or simply wanting the right curves in jeans, a little black dress, or a wedding gown. She understands you want your face to have that natural glow during a candlelit dinner or a reunion, but not look like you just had your face done. She understands that men also care as much abut their appearance, but they do not want to look overdone. As an artist, Dr. Lacerna can visualize the potential masterpiece in each individual. As an accomplished surgeon, she uses her skills and compassion to deliver the very best results safely and effectively.

    Dr. Lacerna's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in General Surgery
    •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

    Awards & Recognition

    • Awards & Honors

      Dr. Lacerna has no awards or honors listed.

    • Media & Publications
      • Avoiding free nipple grafts during reduction mammaplasty in patients with gigantomastia., 2005 Jul

    Background Check

    • 0
      Malpractice Claims

      No malpractice history found for Florida.

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    • 0
      Sanctions

      No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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    • 0
      Board Actions

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    Conditions Treated

    • Acne
    • Benign Tumor
    • Breast Diseases
    • Breast Ptosis
    • Burn Injuries
    • Cancer
    • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
    • Gastrointestinal Diseases
    • Gynecomastia
    • Hidradenitis
    • Localized Fat Deposits
    • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Second-Degree Burns
    • Skin Cancer

    Education

    • Medical School
      University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine

      Graduated in 1998

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    Professional Affiliations

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    Specialties

    • General Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Abdominoplasty
    • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
    • Arm Surgery
    • Botox® Injection
    • Breast Augmentation
    • Breast Lift Surgery
    • Breast Reconstruction
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast Surgical Procedure
    • Chemical Peel
    • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
    • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
    • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
    • Excision of Skin Cancer
    • Excision of Skin Lesion
    • Eyelid Surgery
    • Facelift
    • Facial Reconstruction
    • Head and Neck Surgery
    • Lip, Excision or Resection
    • Liposuction
    • Nipple Reconstruction
    • Skin Excision for Hidradenitis
    • Skin Grafts
    • Skin and Tissue Reduction
    • Wound Repair