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Dr. Daniel E. Careaga

Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

In the city where beauty and image is everything, one artist stands out among the rest. Dr. Daniel Careaga has gained a reputation for being a meticulous plastic surgeon with a powerful practice, Careaga Plastic Surgery, located in the heart of Coral Gables. With the experience of over 8,000 successful operations performed, Dr. Careaga knows beauty and he knows what his patients want.

“I don’t believe in cookie cutter surgery. Each patient has a different body and face style and different goals in mind. By actively involving them in the process, I can consistently deliver the best possible result.”

- Daniel Careaga, M.D.

Education and Training

Dr. Daniel E. Careaga received his undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Miami in 1993 and his medical doctorate (M.D.) from New Jersey’s Ross University School of Medicine in 2003.

In 2003, Dr. Careaga took on an intensive internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He remained at the University of Mississippi and completed his residency in general surgery in 2008.

After finishing his residency in general surgery, Dr. Careaga completed a two-year plastic surgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During his internship and residency, Dr. Careaga made several academic presentations discussing his research on surgical techniques and procedures.

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Areas of Expertise

Dr. Careaga specializes in varied aesthetic procedures such as breast enhancement, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and non-surgical procedures, with safety as his number one priority.

In addition to his extensive education, Dr. Careaga is trained in and employs state-of-the-art instruments and procedures in his practice. He uses various laser-based technologies to perform procedures, such as facelift surgery or cellulite reduction, more safely and effectively. Dr. Careaga has performed over 8,000 cosmetic procedures with the use of these instruments. He specializes in minimal and short-scar procedures for his tummy tuck and breast augmentation procedures.

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Professional Accolades and Research

  • Certifications, Associations, and Awards

    Dr. Careaga returned to Miami to begin his practice in 2010 after completing his plastic surgery residency. He is licensed to practice medicine in Florida, Michigan, and Mississippi. Dr. Careaga holds certifications in advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support. He also holds clinical appointments at Miami’s Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Coral Gables Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Doctors Hospital. Dr. Careaga belongs to several professional associations, including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Careaga has received several awards and honors, including:

    • Dean’s list, Ross University School of Medicine, 2003
    • Surgical Scholars Program, 2002
    • University of Miami Honors College, 1995 to 1999
  • Presentations

    James Harvey Hendrix Lectureship in Plastic Surgery, April 30, 2006.
    “Does the timing and route of administration of VEGF change the outcome of flap survival?”
    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Department of Surgery Research Symposium, March 15, 2006.
    “How many abdominal washouts does it take to get to the center of a closed abdomen? A review of the current understanding of abdominal compartment syndrome.”
    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Richard Jennings Field Lectureship in Surgery, February 9, 2005.
    “Massive desmoid tumor of the anterior mediastinum in a 12-year-old boy.”
    University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • Abstracts

    Careaga, DC, Duchesne, JC. Laparoscopic repair of traumatic rupture of the diaphragm. Video presentation submitted 2/28/07 to American College of Surgeons for presentation at ACS conference (New Orleans, LA).

    Careaga DC, Duchesne JC. Morbid obesity and the open abdomen. Accepted 2/20/07 at AAST for presentation at AAST conference (Las Vegas, NV).

    Careaga, DC, Walkinshaw, M. Ultrasonic Liposuction: Quantitative Analysis of Results. Submitted 1/30/07 to SESPRS for presentation at SESPRS conference (Destin, FL).

    McCraw JB, Careaga DC. Management of the long breast using a tension-free vertical button mammaplasty.

    McCraw JB, Careaga DC. Effect of On-Q pump on post-operative pain following reduction mammaplasty.

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