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Melinda Lacerna MD

Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon
  • University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine - Medical School
    University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine - Medical School
  • 22yrs of Experience
    22yrs of Experience
  • Average appointment wait:
    Average appointment wait: Couple of days
  • Bradenton
  • English

More about Dr. Melinda Lacerna


With experience in a variety of plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Lacerna has sharpened her skills over the last 20 plus years to become a well-respected and highly sought-after plastic surgeon. She regularly performs procedures such as face lifts, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, as well as Brazilian butt lift, liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation, to name a few. Dr. Lacerna believes in utilizing her surgical experience and astounding surgical outcomes in combination with new advancements and technology to achieve an even higher level of success. She works hard to give her patients every possible advantage and opportunity for the greatest outcomes possible.

Dr. Lacerna feels that working with her patients in a caring way helps them share their goals openly as well as gets rid of insecurities that they may have. Working with each patient to create a healthy lifestyle where proper nutrition and regular exercise are included is how Dr. Lacerna believes patients will be able to optimize their results for as long as possible. Teaching has also become something that Dr. Lacerna enjoys. Sharing her knowledge and experience with new surgeons helps her stay up to date on new advancements but also helps her give back to the field of cosmetic surgery, making it better each day.


  • University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine - Medical School

  • Temple University Hospital Residency, Plastic Surgery, 2003-2005

  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles) Residency, Surgery, 1998-2003

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery

Featured Procedures by Melinda Lacerna

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Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

Unlike butt implants, a Brazilian butt lift uses fat transfers during liposuction to create added volume and shape that is desired for the buttocks and resulting in a curvaceous figure.
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By removing excess fat cells from areas all over the body, liposuction creates a new body contour and sculpted body appearance in a relatively short amount of time.
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Dr. Melinda Lacerna’s Journey

Dr. Lacerna began her medical education journey at the University of California, Irvine where she obtained her medical degree. She went on to a general surgery residency at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, California. A plastic surgery residency followed soon after at Temple University in Philadelphia. With board certifications with The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as The American Board of General Surgery, Dr. Lacerna’s training and skills are at a higher level than many other surgeons. She also has professional memberships with the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Lacerna has practiced in all facets of plastic and reconstructive surgery for the last 20-plus years. She has enjoyed presenting internationally and nationally at several plastic surgery seminars and meetings. Most recently, Dr. Lacerna has presented for The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Plastic Surgery, and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons on a variety of cosmetic surgery topics. Volunteering in Ghana and the Philippines, Dr. Lacerna’s compassionate care travels far beyond the walls of her office and operating room. She has helped treat kids and adults that suffer from burn injuries and cleft lips, aiding in beautiful, life-changing transformations.

Frequently asked questions

Dr. Lacerna performs surgery at 5301 4th Ave, Cir E, Bradenton, FL 34208.
Dr. Lacerna’s compassionate care and exceptional training bring a trusted combination for anyone seeking a plastic surgeon in the Bradenton, Florida, area.
Yes, Dr. Lacerna is board certified in surgery and plastic surgery by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Yes, Dr. Lacerna offers telehealth services and virtual visits. Contact her office to learn more about these offerings.
Performing eight different plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Lacerna completes surgeries such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, and breast augmentations in the most efficient, caring way possible.

Other procedures by Melinda Lacerna

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Breast Augmentation

Boosting confidence and adding to a positive body image, a breast augmentation enhances the breasts by adding to their size and shape.
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Eyelid Surgery

For those that suffer from under-eye bags, droopy eyelids, and overall eye puffiness, eyelid surgery can be done to refresh and renew the look of the eyes.
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Over the years, the skin on the face and neck can become saggy and lose its elasticity. A facelift surgery tightens the skin, making it smooth once again.
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Transforming the nose, and in turn, the facial appearance, a rhinoplasty procedure offers the opportunity to better align the nose and increase satisfaction with its appearance.
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