After 26 years, Dr. Richard Nesmith of Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center welcomes a new surgeon— his son Dr. Brad Nesmith.
Richard Nesmith established his practice in 1990 after completing dental school and medical school at the University of Florida, followed by five years of training at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Bowman Gray/ Wake Forest University. Located at 6801 NW 9th Blvd. Suite 2 in Gainesville, Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center is one of the longest standing plastic and reconstructive surgery practices in the area.
Brad received his medical degree from the University of Florida before completing a general surgery residency at the University of Arkansas. He returned to his hometown of Gainesville to finish his training at the University of Florida with a fellowship in plastic surgery.
Brad is confident in his decision to follow in his father’s footsteps. Growing up as the son of a plastic surgeon and the grandson of a cardiac surgeon, Brad said he always knew he wanted to pursue a medical career; he just wasn’t always sure of what type of medicine.
Having such strong ties to the medical field, one might think that a relatives’ insight would make it easier to decide on a specific path; however, Brad assures that it actually made his choice more difficult. Midway through his education and training, after examining many possible specialties, Brad decided on plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Despite his desire to make his own way in the profession, Brad acknowledges his father’s positive influence and inspiring skills as a physician and hopes to bring the same to his own career. Brad aspires to take what his father has learned in nearly three decades and apply it to his own practice.
“He helped me understand what medicine is about,” Brad said, referring to more than just the ability to perform surgical procedures well. Brad notes that being a successful surgeon does not just pertain to one’s own skills or ability, but just as importantly, his character. He credits his father’s success to his strong character, compassionate treatment of patients and his relationship with the community.
After years of diligence, hard work and training, Brad now appreciates the “long process” it takes to become a doctor and recognizes the incredible chance he has been given.
“Being able to join a practice and learn from my dad, who’s done it for so long, I do feel that I have a little bit of a leg up on someone who doesn’t have that resource,” Brad said. “It’s an invaluable opportunity not just for my career but for my relationship with my father.”
Brad intends to help grow the practice his father started, while impacting the greater Gainesville community. Richard looks forward to continuing his practice with his son, and now fellow surgeon.
“When Brad decided on plastic surgery, I considered it an honor,” Richard said. “I’ve always tried hard to provide guidance without influencing my children’s choices. I want them to make their own decisions in life,” said Richard. “I’m just happy that his path has led him here.”
Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center FAQ
Naturally, most people considering cosmetic surgery have many questions. At Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center, our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have about our practice and any procedures you are interested in.
Here are answers to several questions most frequently asked about cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures. During a consultation, our physicians and practitioners will answer questions specifically about your procedure and situation.
Q: What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
A: Cosmetic surgery aims to improve or enhance the appearance of otherwise normal body structures to achieve a desired result or improve a patient’s self-esteem. Considered an elective procedure, cosmetic surgery is ordinarily not covered by health insurance.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal body structures that result from a variety of factors including genetic defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, tumors and disease. While the goal of reconstructive surgery is to improve function, in some instances, it is intended to create a more normal appearance. Most often reconstructive surgery is covered by health insurance, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage will vary among policies. An example of a common reconstruction procedure would be breast reconstruction following mastectomy or partial mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer.
Q: Where will my procedure be performed?
A: Most elective procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in our office. Our in-house operating and recovery suites provide total care, comfort and confidentiality. Our facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) adhering to strict standards in patient care, sanitation, staffing and equipment. Larger, more complex procedures are performed at North Florida Regional Hospital.
Q: How long would I have to be out of work?
A: It varies with the procedure and the patient. With certain procedures, some patients return to work in as little as three to four days, while other procedures could require 7 to 14 days of recovery. This is specifically addressed at your consultation appointment.
Q: Do you offer any non-surgical options for aging skin?
A: Yes. We certainly understand the need to look your best while also limiting recovery time. You could have a series of photofacials (IPL). There is no downtime with this procedure. This procedure will optimize your skin by correcting hyper-pigmentation and dilated capillaries. There are many levels of chemical peels or for a deeper correction, you could consider laser resurfacing. Sun exposure must be avoided. A consultation will help determine the best procedure for your skin type and desired results.
Q: I have never really known which products are good for my skin. Can you help with that?
A: Our esthetician, Kelly Imperi, has extensive knowledge about skincare products and ingredients. A consultation is quick and easy and you leave understanding what is beneficial to your skin health.
Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center
6801 NW 9th Boulevard, Suite 2
Gainesville, Florida 32605
Dr. Richard Nesmith and his son, Dr. Brad Nesmith.
Dr. Richard Nesmith and Esthetician Kelly Imperi discuss a procedure with a patient.