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Dr Marco Faria-Correa is a prominent figure in advancing robotic plastic surgery in Singapore.

His interest in the field stems from 2013 when he witnessed the precision of the Da Vinci Surgical System. This experience motivated Dr Marco to elevate his practice in endoscopic minimally invasive surgery by integrating robotic systems​​.

What is Robotic Plastic Surgery?

Robotic plastic surgery is a form of surgery that employs a robotic system called the Da Vinci Surgical System, which enhances the precision and efficacy of plastic surgery techniques. Unlike traditional methods, robotic plastic surgery is known for its minimally invasive approaches, utilising small incisions and enhanced visualisation capabilities.

This technology does not replace the surgeon; rather, it extends their capabilities, allowing for manipulations that are challenging to achieve manually. The integration of robotic systems in plastic surgery marks an advancement in surgical techniques and opens new possibilities for patient outcomes, characterised by reduced scarring and shortened recovery times.

Types of Robotic Plastic Surgery Procedures

Robotic plastic surgery has been adopted in various procedures, enhancing the precision and outcomes in each case.

Facial Rejuvenation

Utilising robotic systems for delicate facial procedures allows for increased accuracy, particularly in areas requiring fine, detailed work.

Breast Surgery

This includes procedures like breast reconstruction, where robotic technology aids in precise tissue handling and placement.

Body Contouring

Robotic assistance in procedures such as abdominoplasty and liposuction offers improved precision, leading to smoother contours and reduced recovery times.

Reconstructive Surgery

Here, robotics play a role in complex reconstructions, such as those needed after trauma or cancer surgery, offering enhanced dexterity and control.


Robotic systems are particularly beneficial in microsurgical procedures, such as nerve repairs or lymphatic reconstructions, due to their ability to perform extremely fine and precise movements.

Transoral Robotic Surgery

A specialised application in head and neck procedures, particularly useful in tumour resections and reconstructions.

Robotic Plastic Surgery Procedure

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, we evaluate the patient’s medical history, discuss aesthetic goals, and explain the potential robotic procedures suitable for their needs. This stage helps establish realistic expectations and understand the specifics of the robotic-assisted approach.

Pre-operative Assessment

Following the consultation, a thorough pre-operative assessment is conducted. This involves detailed medical evaluations to ensure the patient’s suitability for surgery. Imaging studies may also be utilised to plan the surgical approach.

Surgical Procedure

The robotic plastic surgery itself is performed using advanced robotic systems like the Da Vinci Surgical System. This system shows the surgeon a 3D high-resolution surgical field, allowing them to operate using robotic arms and buttons on a console station.

This method allows for highly precise movements. It offers enhanced visualisation and greater dexterity compared to conventional techniques, leading to more refined and less invasive procedures.

Post-operative Care

Comprehensive post-operative care helps aid recovery, manage pain, and ensure optimal healing. The minimally invasive nature of robotic surgery often results in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and reduced post-operative discomfort compared to traditional surgeries.

Dr Marco Faria Correa & His Interest in Robotic Surgery

An Inventor / Scientist that likes to explore new ideas in his field of work.

Back in mid-2013, Dr Marco saw one of his gynaecology colleagues Dr Suresh Nair operating using the Da Vinci Surgical System and was amazed on how much precision this machine could handle in the surgical field.

This led to Dr Marco’s vision of enhancing and bringing his current Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery Procedures to the next level by incorporating Robotic Systems.

ongoing surgery in the operation room

Dr Marco Faria Correa & his Robotic Training

Dr Marco started his basic training with the help of Transmedic who is the local distributor of Da Vinci Surgical System and there are 4 phases of training. He finished his online certification with INTUITIVE SURGICAL that consisted of the basic introductory information on Da Vinci Surgical System in 2014. This included test drive, working in the Epic Centre and establishing case series planning. To complete his full training, he went to one of 2 recognized training centres in Asia; he chose to complete it in Korea and was awarded the Certification of Da Vinci System Training as a Console Surgeon in 2015.

During this journey, Dr Marco not only worked closely with his local fellow Robotic Surgeons but also presented his cases during conferences in Plastic Surgery. He also had the opportunity to present to the Hernia Society his advanced work in Robotic for Plication of Muscles Aponeurotic Abdominal Wall and his 1st published paper on Springer’s New Concepts on Abdominoplasty and Further Applications.

Dr Marco did not just stop here. He recently went to the world-renowned STAN Institute in Nancy, France in late Jan 2017 and advanced his Robotic Skills and was awarded the Diploma in Robotic Surgery.

STAN institute cover photo

Advantages of Robotic Plastic Surgery

Robotic plastic surgery offers several advantages over traditional surgical methods:

  • Enhanced Precision: The Da Vinci Surgical System provides unparalleled accuracy, allowing complex procedures to be performed with greater control and finesse.
  • Increased Dexterity: Robotic arms can manoeuvre in ways that human hands cannot, allowing access to difficult-to-reach areas without the need for large incisions.
  • Minimally Invasive Approach: With smaller incisions, robotic surgery reduces the risk of scarring and infection, leading to better aesthetic outcomes.
  • Reduced Recovery Time: Patients typically experience faster recovery due to less tissue trauma, enabling a quicker return to daily activities.
  • Improved Safety: Advanced visualisation and precision reduce the risk of complications, making the procedures safer for patients.
  • Better Clinical Outcomes: The combination of precision, reduced trauma, and enhanced dexterity often leads to superior clinical results in both aesthetic and reconstructive procedures.

Ideal Candidates for Robotic Plastic Surgery

Ideal candidates for robotic plastic surgery include those who fit the following criteria:

General Health

Candidates should be in good overall health, without any underlying medical conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery.

Specific Aesthetic or Reconstructive Needs

Individuals seeking improvements that can be well-addressed by the precision and minimally invasive nature of robotic surgery, such as detailed facial work or intricate reconstructive tasks.


Smoking can impede the healing process; thus, non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking well in advance of surgery are preferred.

Realistic Expectations

Understand the possibilities and limitations of what robotic plastic surgery can achieve.

Results and Longevity of Robotic Plastic Surgery

Patients often notice immediate improvements following the surgery, with the final, more refined outcomes becoming apparent as the healing progresses. The durability of these results varies depending on the procedure and individual factors like age, skin quality, and lifestyle. Generally, the benefits of robotic plastic surgery are long-lasting, often enduring for several years.

To maximise the longevity of these results, maintain a healthy lifestyle, protect the skin from sun exposure, and adhere to the care instructions provided. As with any surgical procedure, there may be a need for revision surgery in the future, either due to natural ageing processes or for additional enhancements.

Dr Marco Faria Correa & His Robotic Certifications

Image Intuitive Surgical cert
Online Certification from INTUITIVE Surgical successfully completed the da Vinci Surgical Training Module consisting basic introductory information regarding da Vinci Surgical System
3/ 12/ 2014
Image cert universite de lorraine
Certificate of Attendance, Robotic Surgery Course conducted by Universite De Lorraine & Faculte Medecine , Nancy
30th Jan to 3rd Feb 2017
Image cert daVincisystem
Certificate of da Vinci System Training as A Console Surgeon
Jan 28, 2015
Image cert EACCME
Diploma in Robotic Surgery
Nancy, France
Accredited by EACCME
30th Jan to 3rd Feb 2017

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What distinguishes robotic plastic surgery from traditional methods?

    Robotic plastic surgery involves the use of advanced robotic systems, like the Da Vinci Surgical System, to enhance precision and control during procedures. This approach offers a minimally invasive alternative with smaller incisions, less tissue trauma, and often a quicker recovery compared to traditional surgery.

    Is robotic plastic surgery safe?

    Yes, when performed by a trained and experienced surgeon like Dr Marco, robotic plastic surgery is considered safe. The technology allows for greater precision and control, reducing the risk of complications.

    How long is the recovery period after robotic plastic surgery?

    Recovery times vary based on the specific procedure and individual patient factors. Due to the minimally invasive nature of robotic surgery, many patients experience a faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

    Are the results of robotic plastic surgery permanent?

    While results can be long-lasting, the permanence depends on the type of procedure, as well as individual factors such as lifestyle and ageing. Maintenance and proper care can extend the longevity of the results.

    Can robotic plastic surgery be used for all types of plastic surgery procedures?

    Robotic plastic surgery is more commonly used for specific types of procedures, particularly those requiring high precision and minimal invasiveness.

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