Houston Dermatology & Plastic Surgery A Unique Practice with Elite Options

Cover Story | By M.G. Angulo
Photos by | Alisa Murray Photography

Dr. Filiberto Cedeno Laurent, Dr. Eric Humble and Dr. Mirtha Gonzalez.

What people find in abundance at Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery are opportunities to recover what they may have lost through trauma or the unavoidable process of aging. What they also find is a means to enhance their quality of living, from both an emotional and physical standpoint. Due to the professional skills and talents of Dr. Mirtha Gonzalez and Dr. Filiberto Cedeno Laurent, Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery has quickly become a popular practice for people on a beautification journey.

Both Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Cedeno share a philosophy that is the foundation of Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery — the ultimate objective is to help patients regain or develop confidence so they can find more joy in life. “It is my goal to help patients realize an outward appearance that fits closer to their personality and look,” said Dr. Gonzalez, who completed her general surgery residency in the prestigious Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and plastic surgery residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. Dr. Gonzalez is also a published surgeon, with contributions to Bergman’s Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation in 2016, the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques in 2015 and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2018.

“I enjoy using my position, knowledge and training to change peoples’ lives for the better. As a surgeon, the change I can effect is direct and visible. It is thoroughly enjoyable to have such a direct impact on a patient’s confidence and self-image,” she said. “I enjoy all aspects of plastic surgery, but I have a special passion for breast and body surgery. I enjoy performing breast augmentations, breast lifts (mastopexy), tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), mommy makeovers and body contouring following massive weight loss. Patients experience immediate changes, and it is rewarding seeing them enjoy the way they look.”

Helping Clients Look Well and Feel Well

Dr. Filiberto Cedeno Laurent.

Having healthy skin is one of many ways Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery patients gain confidence, and leading the way is Dr. Filiberto Cedeno Laurent, an Ivy-League trained and board-certified dermatologist with extensive expertise in skin cancer, complex medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. “I love sharing my knowledge to change people’s lives; I love boosting people’s self-confidence,” he said. “If you feel well and look well, everything becomes simpler in your life.”

With a doctorate degree in Immunology from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Cedeno trained as a dermatologist at the University of Pennsylvania, the oldest and one of the most prestigious dermatology departments in the United States. He completed a one-year fellowship in cutaneous oncology and has concentrated his latest efforts in the field of procedural and cosmetic dermatology. Having received numerous national and international awards, Dr. Cedeno’s research has been presented in numerous conferences around the world, and his work has been cited by nearly 500 scientific publications.

Dr. Cedeno accepts most major insurance plans, and due to his area of expertise in treating the largest organ of the body, he has copious experience in healing a variety of skin conditions in both children and adults. “We provide pediatric dermatology and can examine birth marks, neonatal acne, moles and warts,” he said. “Plus, we also offer medical dermatology, like inflammatory, infectious and auto-immune conditions, skin cancer assessments and cosmetic dermatology.”

A Unique Practice

Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery is the second office in Dr. Eric Humble’s practice in Sugar Land — Sugar Land Face & Body Plastic Surgery located at 16926 Southwest Freeway. Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery became a sister site in 2017 following Dr. Humble’s realization that his practice was specifically sought out for beauty enhancement desires. “My practice has been growing since the beginning due to my practice style,” said Dr. Humble. ”I believe in taking care of my patients like you take care of your family, so as we continued to grow, we’ve added highly-qualified and skilled professionals to serve the Katy population.”

Dr. Humble, who is a board-certified plastic surgeon fully trained in plastic, reconstructive, head and neck surgery, only practices at his Sugar Land office, which features an American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) certified on-site operating room. Still, Dr. Humble’s approach to beautification is evident at both of his offices. His approach is simple, yet extremely effective: offering the safest and up-to-date therapies, procedures and surgeries to fit individual needs.

“We are a comprehensive and unique practice combining dermatology and plastic surgery,” said Dr. Cedeno. “We never push for unnecessary treatments or products, and we communicate closely with patients. We are not the typical cookie-cutter medical practice or medical spa. We are a unique practice, run and operated by physicians only. There are no mid-level providers, and you will see the same physician on every visit. All patients are treated as family members, and you don’t find that in any other practice.”

The Crème de la Crème of Medical Spas

Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery offers the same medical spa as its sister site, serving as a premier option for patients who do not need, or want, surgery to achieve their desired look. “We have purchased every type of technology to make this spa the most cutting-edge of its kind, with the most up-to-date procedures that truly show results,” said Dr. Humble. “Not everyone puts this kind of investment into a medical spa.”

The Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery medical spa has increased the facilities’ services to include advanced non-surgical procedures, often referred to as aesthetic procedures. Some of the traditional procedures offered in the medical spa are botulinum toxin and fillers; however, the spa also offers procedures such as CoolSculpting, a fat-freezing treatment designed to reduce fat volume reduction; Micro- Needling for treatment of moderate acne, fine lines and wrinkles, lax skin, burns, stretch marks, as well as skin texture and pore size; hair rejuvenation and Ultherapy, the aesthetic option to tighten, lift and tone skin.

“Our most popular medical spa services include the deep cleansing Hydrafacial, our zero down time Chemical Peel, and skin rejuvenating microneedling,” said Dr. Cedeno. “The medical spa offers many non-surgical procedures to treat a wide variety of skin concerns. We even have brand new medical spa treatments including Aquagold Microinfusion Facials and the Vi Peel for those who want a more advanced treatment.”

Compassionate and  Thoughtful Care

Dr. Mirtha Gonzalez.

Dr. Gonzalez knew from an early age that she wanted to be a doctor, just like her father who has a pediatric practice, but it wasn’t until she experienced the surgical specialties in medical school that she knew she wanted to be a surgeon.

“While a third-year medical student, I had the opportunity to rotate in the plastic surgery department at UT Southwestern and was able to participate in many interesting cases, ranging from pediatric craniofacial cases, breast reconstruction cases and cosmetic cases,” she said. “Through this experience, I was able to see the profound physical and psychological impact that a patient can experience through plastic surgery. Witnessing this I found that I wanted to help impact patients in this positive way and help them recover what they may have lost.”

So, when a person becomes a patient at Houston Dermatology and Plastic surgery, he or she is privy to attentive care that ensures they feel like an individual and not just another appointment. “Our practice is compassionate, caring and state-of-the-art, and we strive to have our practice exude this atmosphere,” Dr. Gonzalez said. “Our office is dedicated to creating an environment that is welcoming, where the patient is comfortable, and has their aesthetic needs addressed.  Our patients’ care begins the moment they enter our office.”

Dr. Cedeno adds that Dr. Humble’s patient care philosophy, which begins with “integrity, honesty and a humane way to manage patients,” has set a shining example for the practice and coincides with his own approach to patient care. “I work very closely with each patient to provide the safest, most informed and best treatment for each individual need. My number one goal is to make them comfortable, to let them know they are being listened to and to ensure them they will be part of the team that will come up with treatment. I don’t make decisions in a vertical way; I always consider my patient’s input as important.”

“I enjoy the special relationship that exists between a surgeon and a patient,” Dr. Gonzalez added. “I know it is not easy to place trust into someone else’s hands.  In order to earn that trust I promise every patient to be protective of their concerns. I start every doctor-patient relationship by listening. Once I fully understand what my patient is wishing to achieve, I can then help them explore their options, and it is through this conversation I convey my experience, knowledge and compassion.”