Dr. Edgar Saldaña is a board-certified plastic surgeon with 20 years at St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery Associates in Duluth. He started Plastic Surgery Center of Duluth in the Medical Arts building to give people a personalized approach to plastic surgery.
Dr. Saldaña’s credentials include:
- An undergraduate degree in biology from Baylor University
- Medical school degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio
- Residency in General Surgery at the Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens, New York
- A Plastic Surgery residency at St. Louis University Medical Center in Missouri
- Fellowship in Craniomaxillofacial surgery in Dallas, Texas
Dr. Saldaña also serves patients at St. Luke’s, Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital, Duluth Surgical Suites, and Northwoods Surgery Center in Virginia, Minnesota.
Why did Dr. Saldaña choose plastic surgery?
“One of the most common questions I get is why I chose to become a plastic surgeon.
Since 4th grade I’ve wanted to become a surgeon. About that time, I overheard an adult speaking about me describing me as an “ugly kid.” Now, I don’t know if they meant my behavior or appearance, but that thought stayed with me and made an impression and decreased my confidence around others. I gravitated to and empathized with the kids with birth defects and became friends with them.
When I was in high school, I saw a NOVA documentary on Paul Tessier, the father of craniofacial surgery, and his pioneering work with facial deformities. Plastic surgeons could help. I had found my surgical calling.
Sometimes physical things about our face or body bother us and affect us deeply. Others may not see or understand. I understand that and will work together with you to improve it.”