Artistic Science: Dr. Charles A. Messa, III, F.A.C.S Shares His Motivations For Excellence in Plastic Surgery


Plastic surgery is not all about appearances. It can have amazing effects on how patients view and present themselves, live their lives and pursue their goals. This became apparent when speaking to Fort Lauderdale expert surgeon and Haute MD Member, Charles A. Messa, III, M.D., F.A.C.S. about his inspirations and motivations for helping so many patients.

Why did you choose to go the path of a medical profession, and what inspired to choose your specialty   

I chose medicine as a career because of my desire to help people and my fascination with science, and in particular, the human body.  Plastic surgery is the perfect blend of science and art.  Each patient is a unique individual with personal appearance goals.  This makes every operation unique and rewarding. I was inspired to pursue a career in plastic surgery when I studied the amazing work of Dr. Paul Tessier and Dr. Linton Whitaker in pediatric craniofacial surgery.  Helping infants and children with congenital birth defects reshape their facial features to enable disfigured children to lead more normal lives inspired me to pursue a career in plastic surgery.

How do you make your patients feel more at ease when it comes to performing the more rigorous procedures? 

I make patients feel more at ease by listening and trying to understand their individual concerns about their physical appearance.  I work hard to show my patients that I am devoted to their overall safety and well being to ensure their ultimate satisfaction with the care they receive. My patients feel confident in the care and treatment they will receive in my office.

What makes you stand out from the other doctors in your area? Include a list of the organizations and/or medical networks you are a part of, as well as any mission trips you have been a part of. 

Years of specialized training in cosmetic plastic surgery and years of experience performing more than 10,000 operative procedures. My goal is to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment by emphasizing comprehensive and personalized patient care.

What is most rewarding about being a in your field? 

Seeing the positive benefits my treatment has on making patients look and feel better.

Has a patient ever gone far and beyond to thank you for your relationship with him or her? If so, explain in detail what your patient did. 

Many patients have expressed their sincere gratitude for the work I’ve done in helping them improve their self-esteem and emotional well-being by telling their friends and family members.  Many have taken time to write me heartfelt personal notes and thank-you cards.  You can read a sampling of them posted on my website and I have albums of them for viewing while waiting in my waiting room.

What would patients and Haute MD readers find to be the most surprising about your medical profession?   

No matter how many times you as a surgeon perform an operation, it’s always a little different in each individual patient.

What are you most excited about in your professional future?  

I am most excited about the future of stem cell research and its effects on tissue regeneration.

If you were to retire tomorrow, what would you miss most?

I would miss seeing the positive effects my surgery has on the lives of my patients on a daily basis.

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