Reflections at St. Luke’s
Kim Thomas (author)
Location(s): Reflections at St. Luke’s
Plastic surgery in 2014 is nothing less than amazing! The technological and surgical advances in the field enable skilled surgeons to turn back the clock on the image in the mirror like never before. As a 47-year-old with two adult children and a teen, I love my body because it is strong and it has carried life and carried me through several necessary surgeries – but still, when I look in the mirror, I take a finger and lift my brow, and wow, there is that youthful eye from ten years ago! Let’s face it, it isn’t just the brow and eyelids that start drooping as we age, so isn’t it great to know that we have options?
The decision to have plastic surgery is very personal – after all you are altering your appearance – so you want a plastic surgeon who is skilled and trained in the latest techniques, who will really listen to your desires, who will take a conservative approach for a natural result, and one who will treat you like royalty. If you are considering plastic surgery and want the very best for yourself, please meet Nicolas Villanustre, MD, at Reflections at St. Luke’s in Clearwater. Double Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and fellowship- trained, Dr. Villanustre in an award-winning plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, breasts and body. He is known for his expertise in performing natural looking procedures including breast enhancement, facial rejuvenation, fullbody contouring and liposuction. Of course, the fact that Dr. Villanustre was chosen to partner with the prestigious St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute will probably clue you in that he is brilliant at eyelid surgery and brow lifts.
There are many reasons to choose plastic surgery, but every one of them is personal, so you deserve a surgeon who will focus on you and your reasons for surgery. Dr. Villanustre is the kind of doctor who will make you feel like it is okay to open up about what is bothering you. It isn’t easy to face our flaws and sometimes what we see as a major flaw is something that is not a big deal to a plastic surgeon.
“When someone comes in for the initial consultation, they can expect a lot of listening and a lot of understanding,” says Dr. Villanustre. “I want them to be comfortable with me from the beginning. Listening is so important because sometimes a little change can shift the way they see themselves and change their whole perspective.”
His patients love his manner and the excellent results! Alison G., a fitness professional who chose to use Dr. Villanustre, says, “When I met with Dr. Villanustre, he was totally focused on my needs. He wanted to know my thoughts and concerns, and what I wanted to accomplish. He earned my trust immediately. I am extremely pleased with the results.”
Dr. Villanustre is very passionate about helping women to feel beautiful again after breast cancer with natural looking breast reconstruction. He is on the Tumor Board at Morton Plant Mease hospital in Clearwater, working alongside other specialists in planning breast reconstruction surgeries after mastectomy for the best possible outcomes for patients who have already been through so much. Dr. Villanustre wants to give them back the feeling of wholeness.
Lisa Scheuermann shared about Dr. Villanustre, “Not only an excellent surgeon, but also a completely compassionate man. He has been my saving grace through my battle with breast cancer and reconstruction. I would trust him to do anything. I would recommend him to anyone.”
Dr. Villanustre’s achievements in patient care have been recognized with Patient’s Choice Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011, as well as a Compassionate Doctor Award in 2010. He earned a Tampa Tribune Reader’s Choice Award as “Best of Tampa Bay 2013” in plastic surgery. Locally, he has been featured in the Tampa Bay Magazine and in a segment with NBC Daytime Today Host Cyndi Edwards, which you can view online at ReflectionsatStLukes. com, as well as a video with a personal message from Dr. Villanustre.
A Plastic Surgeon With International ExperienceIn 2000, after graduating from the Universidad de la Republica in his native Uruguay, Dr. Villanustre entered a highly competitive foreign medical residency program. After being accepted, he moved to the United States and trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. “I wanted to do surgery,” Dr. Villanustre says, “because I love all medicine, but surgery allows me to obtain a therapeutic result right away. I was able to fix a patient quickly and get patient satisfaction quickly, rather than just treat an illness for months with medications. That was one of the reasons I wanted to be a surgeon: I was able to perform and produce a result with my hands.”
Dr. Villanustre became a full-time member of the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, rising to the position of Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, where he trained future plastic surgeons for four years. While he was a faculty member at Indiana University School of Medicine, he had the opportunity to travel to South America to work with worldrenowned plastic surgeon Dr. Ivo Pitanguy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he focused on learning Dr. Pitanguy’s techniques for breast surgery and body contouring to build upon his own techniques. The many learning and teaching experiences, both stateside and internationally, that Dr. Villanustre brings to his practice are truly beneficial to his patients. He has the skill, experience and kindness that you want to find in a plastic surgeon.
Reflections at St. Luke’s – Private, Personal, PamperingReflections at St. Luke’s brilliantly marries sterility and surgical steel with the serenity of a spa at a high-end resort. Here, you can expect to be treated with celebrity status. Built for patient privacy and comfort, there are eight private waiting areas where patients can relax. I love the way these areas are discreet and secluded, but not closed-off feeling – no one can clearly see in, but you can see out so there is no claustrophobic feeling of being locked away. There is even a private elevator that, on the day of your surgery, whisks you upstairs to the surgical suite and operatory.
Reflections at St. Luke’s offers patients the whole package in anti-aging products, services and procedures. Dr. Villanustre is assisted by a professional, handpicked team in making every patient feel like nothing matters but them, because during your time there, your needs are everyone’s focus. With the very best in physician-grade skincare products, and a full time facial specialist, you’ll experience bliss at Reflections at St. Luke’s – and you deserve it!
Reflections at St. Luke’s is located in downtown Clearwater at 501 South Fort Harrison Avenue. Hours are Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free parking available behind the building. Please call 727-210- 8899 to set an appointment for a consultation. You can find additional information and view the full list of services, Dr. Villanustre’s bio, patient testimonials and before and after photos online at ReflectionsatStLukes.com. You also can “Like” Reflections at St. Luke’s on facebook.