Susan Buenaventura, MD

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Listed in Washington DC

  • 5425 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22304
  • (703) 751-0800

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2000

Dr. Susan Buenaventura is a board certified plastic surgeon and is the medical director of The Sendi Cosmetic Surgery Center.  She is an active member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at INOVA Alexandria Hospital.  Caring for breast cancer patients is one of her passions and she is an advocate for breast cancer reconstruction patients.  She is a member of the Medical Society of Virginia.  She performs surgery in her fully AAAASF (American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities) accredited office surgical suite and at INOVA Alexandria Hospital. 

Dr. Buenaventura received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from The University of Virginia followed by a Master of Science in Toxicology from The George Washington University. She received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the Medical College of Virginia.  Her general surgery residency and chief residency in surgery was completed at Yale University. She completed her Plastic Surgery Fellowship at The University of North Carolina. She has been in practice in Alexandria, VA (her hometown) since 1995.

She has published articles in Annals of Plastic Surgery and Cancer Research.

Dr. Buenaventura considers it a privilege to practice the art of Plastic Surgery and LOVES her job!  She meets personally with each surgical consultation and enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them meet their aesthetic and reconstructive goals.  

On a personal note, she is married and has two children.  Her daughter Charlotte is 15 and a sophomore at Georgetown Visitation.  Her son Matthew is 11 and in fifth grade at St.Mary’s.  She enjoys spending her free time with her family and devotes volunteer time at her childrens’ schools.  She loves violin and classical music, theater, ballet and tea.  She is proud to practice surgery at the same hospital where her father, Frank Buenaventura MD, was an anesthesiologist for 32 years.  She is honored to have practiced plastic surgery with Dr. Michael Sendi from 1995 to 2005 in Alexandria.

Top Plastic Surgeon  Northern Virginia Magazine  2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015

TOP DOCTOR, CASTLE CONNELLY  2011,2012, 2013, 2014



Chief of Plastic Surgery, INOVA Alexandria Hospital 

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Laser Rejuvination:


As we age, our skin shows signs of sun or environmental damage through blemishes, dilated pores, wrinkles, uneven texture and tone.  Many topical products can help to maintain and prevent these problems, however there is damage in the deeper layers of skin where topical products cannot reach.  Laser skin resurfacing at The Sendi Cosmetic Surgery Center can address what topical products cannot, and can be tailored to your skin type, your desired treatments, and your desired down time.  These treatments can be customized to treat your specific type of photo damage to achieve improved texture, tone, and overall quality of your skin.

To determine which Joule laser treatment is right for you, find your skin condition on the below list, and read about each specific treatment below.  Keep in mind, for optimal treatment, combination procedures will enhance your outcome!  If you are unsure which is right for you, we invite you to come into our office for a consultation with Dr. Buenaventura or PA Anne Littman at your earliest convenience.  we are able to treat a variety of skin conditions including:

Halo™, The World’s First Hybrid Fractional Laser; Ablative Results with Non-Ablative Downtime

Mechanism of Action:

We are pleased to offer the latest cutting-edge laser technology in the form of Sciton’s Halo™ laser system.  This hybrid fractional laser system is unlike any other technology on the market to treat deeper levels of UV damage with less down time, providing the best of both non-ablative and ablative laser treatments for skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. We can precisely dial in the exact treatment patients need for amazing results within the desired downtime by using this machine’s unique ability to separate treatments for the epidermis, which heals quickly, and dermis, which remodels more slowly over time.  The benefits of a Halo™ treatment include improvement in both epidermal and dermal pigmentation, as well as tone and texture of the skin.

Candidates: All Skin Types, face, neck and body

Downtime: 5- 7 days, may return to daily activities the day after treatment


Fine lines and wrinkles

Pore size improvement

Improvement in hyperpigmentation (sun spots)

Uneven skin tone due to excessive sun damage

Actinic Keratosis (precancerous lesions)

Contour industry’s first tunable skin resurfacing laser for full field superficial or deep peels.

Mechanism of Action:

The Contour TRL (Tunable Resurfacing Laser) is a full-field skin resurfacing solution, capable of a wide variety of treatment options, including superficial MicroLaserPeel®to deep resurfacing.  Sciton’s TRL technology is different than traditional CO2 lasers. Because the Contour TRL decouples ablation and coagulation and allows for precise application of each, practitioners can dial in the exact tissue effect needed for each patient’s pathology, desired outcome, and tolerance for downtime.

Candidates: All skin types, face and body

Downtime: Varies


Mild to deep wrinkles

Persistent peri-oral and peri-orbital rhytides

Acne scars, post-traumatic and surgical scars

Actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions)

Pigmented lesions

Skin laxity in all areas (including upper and lower eyelids)

Poor skin tone/texture

BBL – Broad Band Light is unmatched light therapy for a multitude of aesthetic and vascular conditions.

Mechanism of Action:

BBL BroadBand Light technology utilizes the power of pulsed light to deliver excellent phototherapy results. By selecting the appropriate wavelength or filter, the physician will be able to treat a broad range of skin conditions caused by skin aging and sun exposure. The light energy delivered by the BBL gently heats the upper layers of the skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas coagulates tissue to variable depth. This process helps restore the skin to its natural state. In addition, the photothermal energy targets and eliminates many of the fine vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions.

Candidates: Skin type 1-4

Downtime: NONE!

Treats: *BBL is FDA cleared for, but not limited to:

Benign pigmented lesions such as sun spots, freckles, etc.

Superficial skin lesions

Vascular Lesions, such as cherry angiomas, telangiectasias, bruises, and rosacea

Hair reduction (Learn more at ForeverBareBBL)

Cystic acne

Skin Tyte II– effective, fast, and the most economical light energy device for improving skin firmness.

Mechanism of Action:

SkinTyte utilizes infrared energy to deeply heat soft tissue while protecting the entire treated area with sapphire contact cooling. Targeted heating causes soft tissue coagulation and collagen contraction. This process initiates the body’s natural healing process, resulting in a firmer, more youthful skin appearance. The full effect of skin firming treatments can be seen over several subsequent months. For best results, subsequent treatments recommended.

Candidates: All skin types

Downtime: NONE!


Skin laxity of the face, neck, abdomen and body

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