How I became a…

Plastic Surgeon

I am originally from Brazil and grew up in the country side, in the estate of Sao Paulo, and I wanted to be a doctor since early on. I like the human interaction and I feel very fortunate to be able to assist others. It is extremely rewarding when I can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

I had an inclination to surgery during medical school and was fascinated with the skills and knowledge of my teachers. So, I started general surgery training. “Something clicked” when I experienced my first plastic surgery operation. I was amazed to see a very large sacral pressure sore reconstruction with a flap. The following day I saw a complex facial reconstruction after cancer resection. That was it for me, from that moment on I would look nowhere else, I wanted to be a Plastic Surgeon.

Rodrigo Teixeira in scrubs

Training and Qualifications

Dr Rodrigo is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Melbourne. He is interested in Aesthetic Surgery, Rhinoplasty and Facial Surgery.

Initially trained in Brazil, he pursued further training in Australia. Afterwards, he applied for registration in Australia and fully completed the qualification process, including the specialist examination. He is a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon, fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). In addition, he has completed additional fellowship training in Craniofacial Surgery, Aesthetic Surgery and Burns.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira is the head of the Plastic Surgery unit at the Northern Hospital (TNH) and is a consultant plastic surgeon at the Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne (RCH). Also, he is honorary senior lecturer of the University of Melbourne.

In private practice, Dr Teixeira is a member of the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgeons (MIPS) in Richmond. He operates in reputable and accredited facilities in Melbourne such as, Epworth Freemasons, Warringal Private Hospital, St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne and Stonnington Day Surgery.

Reconstructive Surgery

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira also works in public hospitals and enjoys reconstructive surgery. As a plastic surgeon, he finds facial reconstruction quite rewarding and looking after children with cleft lip and palate always puts a smile on his face.

He believes that aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery are inseparable. Therefore, experience in Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery are assets when performing Aesthetic Surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery

Many plastic surgery procedures need the combination of skills. For instance, rhinoplasty may require a balance between reconstruction, aesthetics and function.
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Similarly, facial surgery is fascinating. It is such a great responsibility to operate on someone’s face and change the way they look.
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In addition, other facial procedures include otoplasty, brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), midface lift, lower face lift, neck lift, liposuction and lipofiling.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira is trained and experienced in other cosmetic surgery of the breast and body. For example, breast augmentation (breast implants), mastopexy (breast lift), breast reduction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and fat grafting.

Patient Safety and Quality Care

Above all, patient safety, high standard of care and patient confidentiality are all taken very seriously. Mr Teixeira only uses tested modern techniques and TGA approved medications and devices. Likewise, he only operates in reputable and accredited medical facilities in Melbourne.

Professional Development

Memberships and affiliations

  • RACS – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • ASAPS – Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • ISAPS – International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • ASPS (US) – American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • SBCP – Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgeons