Meet Dr. Aliano Messina
Dr. Kristen Ann Aliano Messina is a plastic surgeon who enjoys utilizing her knowledge to provide for the aesthetic needs of our patients in Plano, TX. She is an Ivy League graduate of Cornell University where she received her undergraduate degree, and graduated #1 in her medical school class at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
Her interest in plastic surgery dates back to her childhood. Dr. Aliano Messina prides herself on her commitment to the welfare of each and every one of her patients at Beyond Beautiful Texas; she strives to make personal connections to her patients and to provide concierge-level service during each step of the treatment process.
Dr. Aliano Messina is especially passionate about hair restoration, aesthetic surgery of the breasts and body, and nonsurgical rejuvenation. This includes a wide array of services, including injectables, laser treatments, and chemical peels.
Current Professional and Social Memberships:
- Member of the Texas Medical Association
- Member of the Dallas County Medical Society
- Member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League
- Serves on the Legislative Advocacy, Wellness, and Annual Meeting Committees for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Aliano Messina is a participant in the Candidate for Membership Program for this organization and is not an active member.
- Serves on the RADAR Committee for the Aesthetic Society. Dr. Aliano Messina is a participant in the Aesthetic Society’s Candidate for Membership Program and is not an active member.
- Participant in the Candidate for Member Program of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (not an active member)
- Invited to speak to the plastic surgery residents at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Aliano Messina has confirmed with the relevant medical organizations that it is permissible to mention these activities in this capacity.
Education, Training, AND HONORS/AWARDS
Upon graduating from Cold Spring Harbor High School at the top of her class, Dr. Aliano Messina went on to pursue a degree in biological sciences at Cornell University. She was a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and with Distinction in All Subjects in 3.5 years from the university. She studied medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine where she was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in her third year. Dr. Aliano Messina graduated number one in her class with an M.D. with Distinction and was elected into the Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society.
She started her post-graduate training as a general surgery resident at Stony Brook University Medical Center, and then she completed a two-year research fellowship at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group after the completion of her first clinical year of training. At the conclusion of the fellowship, she returned to Stony Brook University Medical Center for her second year of general surgery. Due to her immense interest in plastic surgery dating as far back as her childhood, Dr. Aliano Messina then transferred to the integrated plastic surgery residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch for her third through sixth clinical years of training. She completed her plastic surgery training in 2019.
Dr. Aliano Messina has authored scientific/medical journal articles, and is a co-author for a chapter on wound healing in a commonly used surgery textbook. She also has done over 100 poster presentations and over 20 oral presentations at local, regional, national, and international medical conferences.
Second Place for Best Clinical Presentation, Blocker-Lewis Society Research Day April 2019
Second Place-Best Clinical Paper (Resident Awards), Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons September 2017
Women Plastic Surgeons Resident Travel Scholarship February 2016
Top 30 Young Professionals Under 30 Award, Huntington Chamber of Commerce May 2014
Best Poster Award, South Nassau Communities Hospital Clinic Day January 2014
Third Place, Clinic Day Poster Competition December 2013
Marvin Kuschner Award May 2011
Merck Book Award May 2011
Glasgow-Rubin Commendation May 2011
Glasgow-Rubin Certificate for Academic Achievement May 2011
Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society Inducted May 2011
Alpha Omega Alpha-Junior Election Inducted May 2010
Phi Beta Kappa Inducted May 2007
The National Scholars Honor Society, Inducted Spring 2006
Golden Key International Honour Society, Inducted Fall 2005
Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List (Multiple Occasions)
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Inducted Fall 2004
James E. Rice Honorable Mention Award Spring 2004
National Dean's List, Spring 2004
Cornell Presidential Research Scholar 2003-2007
National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, American Association of University Women Excellence in Science Award, Long Island Science Congress 2002-2003
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Partner for the Future 2002-2003
Dr. Aliano Messina conducted genetics and molecular biology research at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a high school student from 2000-2003
*Total Reviews shown on this page are applicable to the practice, Beyond Beautiful Texas, and are not specified to Dr. Aliano Messina only.
"Dr. Messina is amazing! I was completely nervous about my consultation today, but she quickly put my mind at ease. I have asymmetrical breast and it's the one thing I'm self-conscious about. She was not only respectful/professional, but she also briefed me on the various ways we could do the procedure and answered all 100 of my questions. I'm excited to book my surgery with her. If you're looking for a caring and capable surgeon, give her a shot!"
"Amazing plastic surgeon! She has a great bedside manner and is very knowledgeable. I would go back to her anytime and definitely would refer my friends and family."
"Dr Aliano Messina is a highly intelligent, capable and caring doctor. When I had an obscure but severe allergic reaction after my surgery, she worked with me and other doctors to find a solution. During the worst of it, she contacted me daily to check on my progress. This level of care and concern is almost unheard of in the current medical climate. I highly recommend her."
"Dr. Kristen is absolutely amazing!!! She is the best in my mind!!! I would travel 5 hours to see her! I am very picky and she did exactly what I wanted. Most doctors do not take the time and energy to truly listen to and work hard (even if it takes extra time) on what their client really wants! She does! She also has an excellent bed side manner. She is professional, kind, and thoughtful!"
"Love this doctor !! Met all my expectations and they were high !!!"