LA Plastic Surgery - The Skin Plasma Center - Bradenton, Florida

Dr. Melinda Lacerna
Double Board-Certified Surgeon

Disciplined. Professional. Driven. Dedicated. Trustworthy. Focused.

For Over 20 years, Dr. Melinda Lacerna has proven time and time again to personally provide exceptional cosmetic services to her patients. She personally consults with each patient and cares as much as her patients do about their upcoming procedure, the results and post surgery progess

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. She is a fellow the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Dr. Lacerna obtained her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine. She received her general surgery training at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles and her plastic surgery training at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Melinda Lacerna
Double Board-Certified Surgeon

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a distinguished figure in the field of plastic surgery, holding double board certification and based in Bradenton, Florida. With over 20 years of dedicated practice, she is the founder and owner of LA Plastic Surgery, The Skin Plasma Center, LA Skin Med Spa, and Elite Aesthetic Surgery Center. Her specialization in facial plastic surgery and skin resurfacing has positioned her as a leading expert, notably authoring significant works such as the “Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation and Skin Resurfacing” chapter in the 9th edition of Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery. Additionally, she is in the process of co-editing and contributing to “The Skin Book,” aimed at offering an exhaustive guide on skin and procedures for plastic surgeons. Her prolific output includes numerous publications and ongoing research, further solidifying her reputation in the field.


Dr. Lacerna ISAPS 2024

Dr. Lacerna has been invited to deliver three keynote presentations.

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2024 Aesthetic Awards:

Dr. Lacerna has been nominated again this year in 2 categories. Your vote counts.

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The Artistry of Injectables:

Dr. Lacerna is part of this year’s renowned faculty, leading the discussions about success

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Plasma: Perfecting The Art of Skin

NeoGen PSR Nitrogen Plasma technology - harnessing the power of plasma

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Dr. Lacerna Invited Speaker APS 2024

International Conf. of the Korean Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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Dr. Lacerna & LA Plastic Surgery has Won!

Accolades for "Best Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Enhancement"

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Dr. Lacerna wins the Gold for Trifecta

Dr. Melinda Lacerna: Gold Medal Winner for the "Trifecta Facelift" Procedure."

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Dr. Lacerna’s Philosophy

Dr. Lacerna’s involvement extends beyond clinical and scholarly contributions to include substantial collaboration with multiple aesthetic companies across the United States. She serves as a consultant, physician trainer, and key opinion leader (KOL) for leading organizations such as APYX Medical (Renuvion), Energist (Neogen PSR), Cytrellis (Ellacor), Evolutionary Biologics (exosomes), Allumiere MD, and AnteAge MD (skin care), underlining her influential role in shaping advancements in aesthetic medicine. Her accolades are numerous, including recent honors such as the “Best Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Case for 2023” and a gold medal at the ISAPS World Congress in Athens, Greece, for “Best Face Presentation.” An active participant in the global plastic surgery dialogue, she is slated to deliver over 15 presentations worldwide in 2024. Dr. Lacerna’s passion extends to innovating minimally invasive facial aesthetic surgeries, integrating classical techniques with advanced plasma technology and regenerative medicine to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Her commitment to education and collaboration is evident in her invitation to plastic surgeons globally to learn and train at her centers, reflecting her dedication to advancing the field and fostering professional growth.

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Dr. Lacerna’s Education & Certifications

Curriculm Vitae
Melinda Lacerna, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Doctor of Medicine University of California, Irvine
College of Medicine (1994-1998) Irvine, CA
Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences California State University, Fullerton (1990-1994) Fullerton, CA

Board Certifications
Board Certified, Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryBoard Certified, General Surgery

Volunteer Experience
Oil painting, running, scuba, volunteer mission trips, travel, interior design. Married to Brian James Kimbrell, MD, FACS

Surgical Training
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (2003-2005)
General Surgery Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA (1998-2003)

Work Experience
Attending Plastic Surgeon Channel Islands Plastic Surgery Medical Group Ventura County Medical Center (2007-2011)
Attending Plastic Surgeon Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA (2005-2007)

Lacerna, M, Spears, J, Mitra, A Avoiding free nipple grafts during reduction mammaplasty in patients with gigantomastia. Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Jul;55(1):21-4Kaminski, A., Amr, D., Lacerna-Kimbrell, ML Lymphatic Mapping in patients with breast cancer and previous Augmentation Mammaplasty. Am Surg. 2007 Oct;73(10);981-3Puopong, D, Terasaki, K, Lacerna, M, Applebaum, H Splenic artery embolization in the management of an acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura-related intracranial hemorrhage. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 May;40(5):869-71.ElTorai, I, Wong, Lacerna, M Surgical aspects of autonomic dysreflexia. J Spinal Cord Med. 1997 Jul;20(3):361-4.Lacerna, M Les Fleurs de La Chateau, original oil painting Cover, The Kaiser Permanente Journal, Fall 2006 issue

Professional Memberships
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Fellow,
American College of Surgeons California Society of Plastic Surgeons

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LA Plastic Surgery's Services

Our team’s attention to detail is unsurpassed.

PlasmaLyft Facelift

Neck Lift

Skin Tightening

Eye Lid Surgery

Skin Resurfacing

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Dr. Melinda Lacerna is the founder and owner of LA Plastic Surgery, The Skin Plasma Center, LA Skin Med Spa, and Elite Aesthetic Surgery Center. She has positioned herself as a leading expert, notably authoring significant works such as the “Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation and Skin Resurfacing” chapter in the 9th edition of Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery. 




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