Dr. Shankar Lakshman
The Mommy Makeover Specialist
Dr. Lakshman is a board certified plastic surgeon and is also board certified in surgery of the hand. He began his training in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation working for three years in pre-requisite general surgery residency. Afterward, Dr. Lakshman worked for a year and half with a burn and wound care fellowship at the same institution. During this time, he learned to resuscitate burn victims and treat the terrible, painful and disfiguring scars caused by burns. He spent countless days and nights in the Burn ICU with patients suffering from post-burn infections and inhalational injury. Burn surgery is a challenging and rewarding field but it is 24 hour, 7 days a week commitment requiring ’round the clock patient care. This intense experience in the surgical and ICU management of the most challenging and life threatening conditions experienced by surgical patients gave Dr. Lakshman a level of confidence and surgical skill that he now brings to every client in his plastic surgery practice.
Following his general surgery fellowship, Dr. Lakshman held a year-long hand and microvascular fellowship. Dr. Lakshman spent countless hours in the microvascular lab as well as, under the operating microscope at the hand trauma center performing vascular anastomoses on blood vessels and nerves less than 1 mm in diameter (with suture materials finer then a human hair!) He was also trained to restore the intricate bones, ligaments, and critical structures of the human hand and wrist when devastated by industrial injuries
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Dr. Lakshman when on to complete a two-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. His training included craniofacial trauma, a process of restoring the structure of the facial bones and skull after car accidents and other trauma. He learned the surgical treatment and management of pediatric congenital anomalies such as cleft lip and cleft palate. He also learned to perform the full gamut of cosmetic surgery including facial rejuvenation and facelift, body contouring and reshaping.
Dr. Lakshman has contributed to numerous articles in peer reviewed scientific and plastic surgery journals and has volunteered his time teaching and training surgical residents and students. He has participated in over 20 clinical research trials designed to develop newer, safer medical devices, drugs and products. Many of these are now FDA approved and have helped improve the quality of life for many people.
Today, Dr. Lakshman has dedicated his practice to the perfection of the Mommy Make Over, a procedure combining full abdominoplasty, breast lift or augmentation, and liposuction. He brings his wealth of surgical, microvascular, hand, plastic, reconstructive and burn ICU experience to the service he provides his patients and thus, assuring the safest and most beautiful results possible.
Dr. Lakshman’s practice is in Pasadena, where he lives with his wife (who is an internal medicine doctor devoted to treating homeless veterans in Los Angeles!) and his two sons. Dr. Lakshman is an avid tennis player and plays acoustic and electric guitar. He is a big proponent of the whole food, plant-based, vegan lifestyle and encourages diet, exercise, and nutrition before, during, and after any surgical intervention.
Patient Care Coordinator
Alba Guerriero is our patient care coordinator at Pasadena Surgeons. Alba greets every patient with a warm welcome and answers the telephone with a pleasant and kind voice.
Born and raised in Southern California, Alba is happy to answer your questions about our procedures and products every day! Alba will guide you through the series of steps for cosmetic and hand surgeries and will make it a smooth process from start to finish.
Aesthetic Registered Nurse
Jasmine Salas is our Registered Nurse. She administers injectables (Botox, fillers, etc), provides assistance with surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures including post-operative care.
Ms.Salas grew up in South Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and her Nursing Degree from Duke University. She worked in the Public Health field for 3+ years serving underserved HIV-positive patients. This experience influenced her desire to work closely with patients and to pursue nursing.
During nursing school, Ms. Salas was very involved with conducting research for underserved Latinx and HIV-positive communities and was also nominated to present her posters at conferences. Additionally, she volunteered her time administrating covid-19 vaccinations and currently still does this during her spare time.
She was an intern for Pasadena Surgeons prior to being hired and this experience inspired her passion for helping people achieve their cosmetic goals and feel more confident.