Plastic surgeon: ‘Sometimes age and genetics are not on our side’

Dr. Arthur Cambeiro poses in the lobby of SurgiSpa Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Henderson Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

Dr. Arthur Cambeiro, one of the few plastic surgeons in Southern Nevada who is a native of Las Vegas, owns SurgiSpa Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. He studied at the Mayo Clinic and donated his time and skills to global organizations, working in Honduras and Vietnam before setting up his practice here.

Do you have any recent news or updates you’d like to share?

Minimally invasive procedures are a rapidly growing trend and are my specialty at SurgiSpa. Patients who receive these types of treatments experience little to no down time and minimal pain. The newest nonsurgical treatment is Kybella, small injections under the chin that melt the fat away.

What is the best business advice you’ve received, and from whom did it come from?

It was not necessarily business advice, but my father always told me, “Knowledge, perseverance and dedication will open any door.” He was absolutely correct. You can accomplish any goal if you put your mind to it.

You volunteered as a general surgeon in Honduras. How does health care here compare and contrast?

There is no comparison. The United States has state-of-the-art medicine, facilities and programs. We are so far advanced with patient outcomes, safety and satisfactions that it’s hard to correlate.

What inspired you to choose cosmetic surgery as your medical specialty?

It was the only specialty that really captured my imagination and intrigued me. There are so many options to treat similar needs, and it’s up to the plastic surgeon’s experience and perceptual skills to determine what will work best for each client.

What are the most common surgeries you do? Why do you think they are so popular?

The most common are breast augmentation and SmartLipo Triplex. My most common procedures are Botox and facial fillers such as Juvederm. It’s popular because you deserve to look your best. Sometimes age and genetics are not on our side.

If you could change one thing about Southern Nevada, what would it be?

I would like to see the educational system improved. I believe everything from our elementary schools to the universities could be dramatically better.

What has been your most exciting professional project to date? Why?

Building our office facility in Henderson. We house over a million dollars in laser technology. It’s the dream clinic that I’ve always wanted.

What are you reading right now?

“Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life,” by Joe De Sena.

What do you do after work?

Before work, I train at the gym every morning so that after work I can spend time with my children. Whether I’m going to football practice, dance rehearsal or doing homework with them, I tend to devote my afternoons to my family.

Describe your management style.

I treat my staff like family. We have a cohesive group of employees who work well together. They all understand that our common goal is to do what’s best for the patient.

Where do you see yourself and your company in 10 years?

I would like to open another office on the west side of the valley. That would include expanding and hiring another plastic surgeon or two.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?

On a beach. Any beach, just pick one.

Whom do you admire and why?

My father overcame so many obstacles to become one of Las Vegas’ most prominent and respected architects. It’s amazing what one’s drives and ambitions can lead them to. I try to emulate his characteristics in everything I do.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Laziness. I do not like it when things are done with half the effort. Do it right or don’t do it all.

Where do you like to go for business lunches?

I typically operate or work through lunch. But when I have lunch delivered, it’s typically something healthy from Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar or Greens and Proteins.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I was a bit more free-spirited at times. My type A personality combined with my perfectionism can be a little overbearing at times. But I guess you want your plastic surgeon to have some OCD qualities.

What is something that people might not know about you?

I’m an avid Reebok Spartan Obstacle Course racer. I travel the country doing races in the mountains from 5 to 30 miles with over 60 obstacles. Some of these races take up to 10 hours to complete. I usually place in the top 5 for my age group.

I entered the Reebok Spartan Obstacle Course race last year and finished second in my age group.