RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Care is the Rio Grand Valley's premier cosmetic surgery and varicose vein care clinic. Much like an artist sculpts to create beauty, Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, MD, FACS, FAACS uses surgical skill. He is the Founder and Medical Director of RGV Cosmetic Surgery and Vein Care. He is a double board certified cosmetic surgeon: board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. His areas of expertise include breast and body cosmetic surgery and varicose vein disease. With regards to breast surgery, Dr. Rodriguez specializes in breast augmentation, including complex TransUmbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA - i.e. "The Belly Button Boob Job") and also revision breast augmentation procedures. He also performs beautiful breast lift procedures, both with and without implants. Dr. Rodriguez has advanced the abdominoplasty procedure (tummy tuck), and he has published on the Rapid Recovery Abdominoplasty. He often combines his breast augmentation procedures with a tummy tuck to restore a woman's beauty with a Mommy Makeover procedure, and he has mastered the complex procedure of a combined hysterectomy/tummy tuck or a tummy tuck tubal ligation working with his wife, Dr. Samira Mohamed. Dr. Rodriguez has also refined fat transfer procedures for butt augmentation, the "Brazilian Bubble Butt Lift", and also expertly performs gluteal implants. Dr. Rodriguez is one of the few surgeons in south Texas to perform more complex post-bariatric body sculpting procedures, which requires properly staged complex abdominoplasty procedures combined with body lift surgeries, arm lift, thigh lift, and breast lift procedures. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Rodriguez also applies his expertise in cardiovascular surgery and ultrasound to offer patients with varicose vein disease the most advanced and minimally invasive treatment options.
Education and Training
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Univ of Va Sch of Med, Charlottesville Va 1999
University of Virginia School of Medicine 1999
American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
American Board of Surgery
Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, MD, FACS, FAACS's Expert Contributions
The short answer is that I typically recommend that a woman wait at least 3 months after the birth of her baby or when she stops breastfeeding before coming in for a Mommy Makeover or breast augmentation consult. There are four important aspects that help define the answer to this question:...
Although calf raises help engage the calf-pump mechanism to enhance the upward flow of venous blood in the deep vein system to move out of the legs, there are no exercises that improve existing varicose veins or saphenous vein insufficiency. Diet and exercise, while important for overall health, do not halt the progression of varicose vein disease. Fortunately, modern varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive, provide excellent outcomes, and have very short recovery time. Compression hose worn daily may help slow the progression of varicose veins and provide temporary comfort. Schedule a consultation with a varicose vein specialist for more information. READ MORE
The short answer is that the varicose veins will not cause any complications during her delivery. Many factors during pregnancy contribute to the development of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including the hormonal changes, increased blood volume, and the pressure of the baby on the pelvic veins during the third trimester. The good news is that with modern treatment modalities, she can have her varicose veins treated soon after the baby is born. In the interim, she should compression hose for support and comfort. READ MORE
Great question. There is a lot of confusion regarding laser treatments for varicose veins. For the most part, topical (surface) laser treatments only work for the tiniest of spider veins on the legs or face that are too small for sclerotherapy injections. EndoVenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat sapheous vein insufficiency (or reflux). Venous insufficiency is a more serious vein disorder that often underlies visible varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg syndrome, skin color changes to the lower legs, and ultimately skin breakdown and venous stasis ulcers. Venous insufficiency is diagnosed with ultrasound examination. The EVLA procedure involves carefully inserting the laser fiber into the diseased saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance to essentially "weld" the vein shut with the laser energy. EVLA is typically performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation and is a very safe, outpatient procedure performed in the office setting. Micro-phlebectomy procedures are then performed to gently remove the remaining visible varicose veins. A formal consultation with a varicose vein specialist with allow your doctor to recommend the optimal treatment plan for your varicose vein disease. Filiberto Rodriguez. MD, FACS, FAACS, RVT, RPVI READ MORE
Hello. Thank you for your question. The good news is that there are treatments to eliminate painful varicose veins. These treatments include EndoVenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) of the saphenous veins, if venous insufficiency is present, followed by micro-phlebectomy procedures to directly remove the painful surface varicose veins, and finally sclerotherapy to eliminate any remaining spider veins. Some of these procedures are covered by most insurance companies. Search on the American College of Phlebology website to find a dedicated varicose vein specialist in your area. READ MORE
Spider veins are damaged, enlarged, or weakened veins that are visible on the skin. These can develop due to injury and sun exposure, but most often occur due to aging. Although mostly a cosmetic condition, spider veins can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs. If you are experiencing any discomfort as a result of spider veins or would like to diminish their appearance, you may be a good candidate for spider vein treatment. Spider veins can be treated using a number of different techniques. Typically, sclerotherapy injections are the most common and effective in the legs, whereas spider veins on the nose or cheeks are better treated with topical lasers. Most importantly, if a patient has larger varicose veins associated with the spider veins, or leg swelling, heaviness, skin discoloration of the lower legs, or restless-leg-syndrome, then an ultrasound exam is needed to exclude the presence of underlying venous insufficiency or reflux. It is a waste of time and money to treat the spider veins without first eliminating the reflux larger varicose veins. READ MORE
Patients often seek treatment of varicose veins due to their concerns of the unsightly, bulging visible varicose veins or spider veins. Often, these varicose veins are painful in and of themselves. For patients with symptoms of leg heaviness, leg swelling, restless leg syndrome, or a history of a leg ulcer, the presence of saphenous vein reflux (or venous insufficiency) must be determined. This is accomplished with Duplex Ultrasound Technology. Surprisingly, even many physicians are unaware that modern treatments for varicose veins exist that can help patients with leg pain, heaviness, and swelling. When doctors do recognize the presence of varicose vein disease they often send their patients to a radiology imaging center or a vascular lab for the ultrasound testing. This is very inconvenient for the patient, and often these non-specialized imaging centers do not perform the ultrasound examination for venous insufficiency correctly, thereby misdiagnosing patients. The treatment of varicose vein disease must begin with the saphenous veins if the ultrasound identifies reflux. Eliminating reflux with EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) is the modern, minimally invasive alternative to historic vein stripping surgery. EVLT treatments are performed in the office setting under local anesthesia. History of hypertension and diabetes usually does not prevent us from proceeding with the EVLT. The procedure consists of inserting a small laser fiber through a needle stick in the skin into the damaged vein under ultrasound guidance. Pulses of laser light are delivered inside the vein, which causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. The procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia with mild oral sedation. Your leg will be wrapped for one day, and you are encouraged to take a 30 minute walk the night after the procedure. After the EVLT treatments are completed, further treatments focus on the remaining visible and painful varicose veins with MicroPhlebectomy treatments, until finally Sclerotherapy is indicated for any remaining spider veins. READ MORE
Thank for your question. Unfortunately you cannot treat spider veins or varicose veins on your own. Diet and exercise do not improve varicose veins or spider veins. We often recommend (and insurance requires) that patients use compression stockings (15-20mmHg or 20-30mmHg) daily to help reduce symptoms and progression of the varicose veins. Simple sclerotherapy injections targeting the spider veins are often ineffective unless any underlying venous reflux and varicose vein disease are properly diagnosed with ultrasound and treated. Sclerotherapy for spider veins is considered cosmetic whereas many insurance companies cover treatments for venous insufficiency and varicose veins. Patients should avoid medical spas that only offer sclerotherapy and seek treatment from a surgeon dedicated to varicose vein disease. F. Rodriguez, MD, FACS, FAACS RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Care www.RGVCosmetic.com READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Award for Excellence in Cosmetic Surgery Education (2012)
- The American College of Phlebology, Oral Poster Presentation, Award (2010)
- University of Virginia School of Medicine, John Horsley Memorial Research Prize (2004)
- American Association for Thoracic Surgery, C. Walton Lillehei Resident Research Award, Co-Winner (2004)
- American Heart Association, CV Surgery Council, Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award, Winner (2003)
- American College of Surgeons, Ethicon Scholarship for the Study of Surgical Wound Healing (2002ï¿½2004)
- National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Research Supplement: Grant HL-67025- 01S1 (2001ï¿½2004)
- National Medical Fellowships, Inc., Fellowship in Academic Medicine Research Scholarship (1997)
- American College of Phlebology
- American Venous Forum
- Texas Cosmetic Surgery Society
- California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- Stanford Univ Hosp, General Surgery
- Stanford University
- Stanford University
- Stanford University (Cardiothoracic); UCLA Medical Center; Body Sculpting Center
Professional Society Memberships
- American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American College of Phlebology, American Venous Forum, California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Texas Cosmetic Surgery Society, President of the Texas Cosmetic Surgery Society, Trustee for the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Examiner for the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
Articles and Publications
- Borsand MA. 100 Consecutive Lipo-Abdominoplasty Procedures: Modified Avelar Technique for Full Abdominoplasty Without Panniculus Undermining Advances, Morbidity, and Complications. THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COSMETIC SURGERY. 2011 Dec
What do you attribute your success to?
- Passion for surgery and excellence. Found his niche in cosmetic surgery and helps patients in a way he never knew would be so rewarding.Years of extensive training in varied arenas in the fields of cardiac surgery, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery combined with a passion for excellence to sculp my skillset to handle even the most difficult cases. In addition, the unique training environments at Stanford Univerity and the Body Scuplting Center helped me hone my positive patient rapport.
Favorite professional publications
- Aesthetic Surgery Journal
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- How to Prepare for a Breast Augmentation
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- What to Expect After Having a Breast Augmentation
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- Everything You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation
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