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As a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Nicolas Villanustres’ commitment to excellence shines through an extensive repertoire of procedures. Specializing in a comprehensive array of breast, body, and facial procedures- all meticulously performed at Reflections at St. Luke’s. As the medical director at Reflections at St. Luke’s, Dr. Villanustre not only leads but elevates the standard of care, ensuring that every patient receives an extraordinary experience.

Dr. Nicolas Villanustres’ personalized approach, coupled with a genuine concern for his patients’ well-being, sets him apart, creating a compelling reason for patients seeking plastic surgery to schedule their transformative journey with him.

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A Plastic Surgeon with International Experience

In 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.

“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.”

Once he was qualified to practice surgery, he traveled to South America to undergo an international fellowship with Dr. Ivo Pitanguy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Working with Dr. Pitanguy, a world-renowned plastic surgeon and philanthropist, Dr. Villanustre learned the value of the natural beauty and harmony of the body. After honing his surgical techniques in one of the world capitals of plastic surgery, he returned to practice in the United States.

Dr. Villanustre soon 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. While living in Indiana, he and his wife were blessed with two children. Dr. Villanustre is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Certification & Accolades

His international training and background – in academia and the private sector – have given Nicholas Villanustre, M.D. a broad base of experience and perspective on the latest techniques that can enhance your appearance. He is known for his expertise in performing natural-looking procedures including breast enhancement, facial rejuvenation, full-body contouring and liposuction.

Dr. Villanustre is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His achievements in patient care were 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.

Dr. Villanustre believes that developing a strong professional relationship with his patients, with a focus on safety, is essential for the best possible care and surgical outcomes.

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