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Dr. Melinda Lacerna, MD

Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery ·  Female · Age 47

Dr. Lacerna

LA Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, Sarasota, FL

1274 N Palm Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

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Dr. Melinda Lacerna, MD is a cosmetic, plastic & reconstructive surgery specialist in Sarasota, FL and has been practicing for 21 years. She graduated from University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine in 1998 and specializes in cosmetic, plastic & reconstructive surgery and general surgery.


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Dr Lacerna and her staff are wonderful! They made sure I understood everything we were doing and going to do. Follow up appointments were amazing. I was able to call anytime if I had a question or concern
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Dr. Lacerna is simply The Best! First, she is very skilled and knowledgeable using the latest techniques available. Everything was Thoroughly explained prior to surgery, which was very helpful for recovery. Several followup exams ensured that progress was progressing nicely. She has a very sophisticated Surgical facility as part of her office, which reduces overall cost. The staff is very efficient and impressed me with their initial preparations prior to surgery. The procedure went very smoothly and there was no pain, just swelling that subsided as expected. Best of all, is Dr. Lacerna's overall approach to her work and how she treats patients with respect and concern. I Highly Recommend Her.
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Dr. Lacerna and her staff are very welcoming and professional. I am so happy with my Brazilian butt lift. I have had so many compliments and looks. I have had lipo a few times and have never received the results that dr. Lacerna has given me. I now have an awesome hour glass waist and nice round booty. I was in a lot of pain after and both she and her wonderful staff made sure I was taken care of. Thank you for my new look! I love it. Now I have the confidence I did not have before.
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I've had many procedures done by Dr. Lacerna....neck and lower facelift, fat grafting to face, blepharoplasty (upper eyelids), tummy tuck, muscle repair, hernia repair, Renuvion to chin/upper neck area, liposuction, lip injections, and facial fillers. I consider her my plastic surgeon. The only one I need.
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It was amazing!!! She did an absolutely wonderful job. My healing was quick and very successful. I have used her for several other procedures and have been extremely satisfied. I would recommend her to anyone that wants a great result with a great staff.
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LA Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lacerna & staff, are an impressive group of people that accomplish great results. Their office dynamic is unlike any other as they strive for exceptional customer service. They are always welcoming and have gone above and beyond to make sure my needs are met every step of the way. I recently had the mommy make-over and after feeling like I ran out of options they helped me regain my confidence. I couldn’t be happier with my new body and outlook on life.
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Please review this woman's medical practice history. She has very recently harmed many people including myself. Do not gamble with your life. This is not gossip or rumors this is all facts that can be validated through the FL state medical board.
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Do NOT go to this doctor, she is TERRIBLE! An ER doctors sutures were better, seriously! :-( Very sad, and very disappointed with this doctor.
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There are not enough words to express how wonderful Dr Lacerna is. She is highly skilled, kind, warm, honest and caring. She is truly an artist when it comes to her work. Her compassion and concern for her patients is overwhelming. She goes above and beyond to satisfy her patients needs and requests. I am in the medical profession and I would recommend Dr Lacerna for any of your plastics surgery or asthetic needs. Her staff is also amazing. So kind and helpful with scheduling and any other needs
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Dr. Lacerna performed my mommy makeover about a year and a half ago. She is such a caring and attentive doctor. She listened to all of my concerns and explained the entire process and procedure thoroughly. My procedures healed beautiful with no issues. I can’t say enough good things about her and her staff.
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About Me

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...

Specialties

  • Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1998
University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine
Medical School
1998

Media & Publications

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

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(941) 954-4500

Dr. Lacerna accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Care HMO
Blue Select
BlueDental Choice
NetworkBlue
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Select HMO
Tampa Bay CoreNet
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

Background Check

1 malpractice claim Found
  • Settlement (8/22/2016)View details
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Lacerna's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Adjacent Tissue Transfer
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lacerna performs Adjacent Tissue Transfer more than 59% of her peers

Dr. Lacerna performs this procedure more than 59% of her peers

Cancer
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lacerna treats Cancer more than 54% of her peers

Dr. Lacerna treats this condition more than 54% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
  • Adolescent Cancer
  • Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Adult Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Adult Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Ampullary Carcinoma
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma
  • Angiosarcoma of the Breast
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Astrocytoma
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Basal Type Breast Cancer
  • Benign Astrocytoma
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Biliary Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Blood Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (Includes: Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brainstem Glioma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Cancer of Floor of Mouth
  • Cerebellar Astrocytoma
  • Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Chordoma
  • Choriocarcinoma
  • Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma
  • Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Distal Colorectal Cancer
  • Distal Gastrointestinal Tract Cancers
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Duodenal Cancer
  • Ear Cancer
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • ENT Cancer
  • Epidermoid Carcinoma
  • Epithelial-Myoepithelial Carcinoma
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
  • Eye Cancer
  • Facial Skin Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Familial Colorectal Cancer
  • Familial Pancreatic Cancer
  • Familial Renal Cancer
  • Familial Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Follicular Adenocarcinoma
  • Follicular Thyroid Cancer
  • Gall Bladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder & Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer, Borrmann 4
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Genital System Cancer
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Gland Cancer
  • Glassy Cell Carcinoma
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hamartomatous Colorectal Cancer
  • Heart Cancer
  • Hepatobiliary Cancer
  • Hepatocellular Cancer
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Hip Cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Infundibulocystic Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Joint Cancer
  • Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Carcinoma
  • Limb Cancer
  • Lip Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma of the Breast
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Male Genitourinary Cancer
  • Malignant Astrocytoma
  • Malignant Breast Tumor
  • Malignant Glioma
  • Mediastinal Cancer
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Melanoma-Astrocytoma Syndrome
  • Merkel Cell Cancer
  • Metastatic Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Metastatic Blood Cancer
  • Metastatic Bone Cancer
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Metastatic Liver Cancer
  • Metastatic Lymph Cancer
  • Metastatic Nervous System Cancer
  • Metastatic Prostate Cancer
  • Metastatic Skin Cancer
  • Metastatic Soft Tissue Cancer
  • Metastatic Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer With Occult Primary
  • MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
  • MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
  • MSS Colorectal Cancer
  • Muscle Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Nerve Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Cancer
  • Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome
  • Nodular Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Noduloulcerative Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer, Familial
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Nose Cancer
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer, Adult
  • Osteosarcoma of the Breast
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Epithelial Cancer
  • Palate Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Islet Cell Cancer
  • Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Papillary Thyroid Cancer
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Cancer
  • Parathyroid Carcinoma
  • Parotid Gland Cancer
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Pelvic Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Pharyngeal Cancer
  • Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Primary Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 1
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 10
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 11
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 14
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 2
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 3
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 4
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 5
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 6
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 7
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 8
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 9
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - X-Linked 1
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - X-Linked 2
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary -12
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary -13
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary -15
  • Radiation-Induced Angiosarcoma of the Breast
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Renal (Kidney) Cancer
  • Renal Cell Cancer
  • Respiratory System Cancer
  • Retinal Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sebaceous Gland Carcinoma
  • Secretory Breast Carcinoma
  • Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spleen Cancer
  • Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Conjunctiva
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer, Familial
  • Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Supraglottic Laryngeal Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer, Anaplastic
  • Thyroid Cancer, Familial Medullary
  • Thyroid Cancer, Hurthle Cell
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Trachea Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma
  • Tubular Carcinoma
  • Urachal Cancer
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Urinary Tract Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma
  • Vocal Cord Carcinoma
  • Vulvar Cancer
Skin Cancer
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lacerna treats Skin Cancer more than 50% of her peers

Dr. Lacerna treats this condition more than 50% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Epidermoid Carcinoma
  • Facial Skin Cancer
  • Infundibulocystic Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Merkel Cell Cancer
  • Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome
  • Nodular Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Noduloulcerative Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Conjunctiva
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck
  • Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma

Dr. Lacerna's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Acne
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Arm Surgery
  • Benign Tumor
  • Botox® Injection
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Chemical Peel
  • Destruction of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Destruction of Malignant 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
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gynecomastia
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hidradenitis
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Liposuction
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Excision for Hidradenitis
  • Skin Grafts
  • Wound Repair

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58% Patient experience rating, 11% lower than the national average