Person 2 Person: Dr. Renato Saltz

Person 2 Person: Dr. Renato Saltz (Photo courtesy Renato Saltz)

(KUTV) Dr. Renato Saltz is a top plastic surgeon in Utah and is the president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

He is also passionate about breast cancer survivors.

"The best part of my job is to see patients happy after plastic surgery," Saltz said. "Plastic surgery is one of the few specialties that you see a tremendous response from the patients."

Dr. Saltz has no hesitation telling some people "no" when it comes to plastic surgery.

"The older I get, the more 'nos" I say," he said. "If there's any question in my mind they're not going to be happy, why do that? And it's not just saying no. You want to really sometimes counsel that patient to see a psychologist. You want to make sure they're not going to walk outside the office and go and see somebody else that's going to say yes."

Saltz knew he wanted to get into plastic surgery when he a teenager in Brazil.

He took "before and after" photographs for local plastic surgeons.

"I was just fascinated. I loved it," he said. "I knew in high school that's what I wanted to do, and I was very lucky."

He received his training in the United States and moved to Utah when he was hired at the University of Utah.

After 10 years there, he opened his own practice.

In 1998, he started the Image Reborn Foundation for breast cancer survivors.

Nearly every month, it offers three-day, free retreats for women all over the world.

"During those three days, we just bombard them with good things," he said. "They're really spoiled. But more than that, it gives them an opportunity to connect with each other."

Saltz says the foundation has helped 3,700 women in the past 19 years.

"It's really my passion. It's something I'm really proud of," he said.

Although plastic surgery is often equated with vanity, Saltz believes it's important to give back.

"You've got to be physician first, and then a surgeon, and then a cosmetic surgeon," he said. "I think if you look at our specialty, I think we're very blessed, very lucky in what we do. And you have to give it back."

His gratitude is something he learned from his parents and grandparents, who were immigrants that moved to Brazil from Europe after World War II.

"That's the way I was raised. You've got to help your fellow man," Saltz said.

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