Dr. Francisco Canales – Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Meet Dr. Canales

Dr. Francisco Canales is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern California who specializes in aesthetic care for men and women. Before becoming a well-established plastic surgeon in Santa Rosa, Dr. Canales owned and operated a practice in Boston, MA. There, he also worked as a faculty member in the division of plastic surgery at Harvard Medical School. When he relocated to Sonoma County, Dr. Canales served as the chief of plastic surgery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and as the chief of surgery at Warrack Hospital. In 1992, he co-founded Plastic Surgery Associates with his wife, Dr. Heather Furnas.

Skills and Specialties

As a seasoned plastic surgeon, Dr. Canales is adept in all aspects of aesthetic care for the breast, face, and body. He is well-known for his keen eye, brilliant skill set, and unique expertise. Countless patients visit him from all across the country, and he has had many international clients as well. Dr. Canales is one of the few doctors in the area who performs drainless tummy tucks and rapid breast augmentation. He performs a wide variety of services, including breast lifts, nipple correction, liposuction, mommy makeovers, and rhinoplasty.

Education and Training

Dr. Canales was educated and trained at two of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country: Harvard University and Stanford University. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors at Harvard, he then completed his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Canales was particularly interested in plastic surgery and elected to take on additional surgical training. He completed his plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Hospital.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Canales is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • The California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Humanitarian Work and Hobbies

Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Canales feels a strong connection to Latin America and volunteers his skill and experience repairing cleft lips and birth defects to children in Nicaragua, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, and Kenya. When not serving the plastic surgery needs of people locally and internationally, Dr. Canales enjoys Masters Swimming with the Santa Rosa Masters Swimming Team and spending time with his wife and two children, Diego and Siena.


"There were quite a few factors I looked at when choosing a surgeon for my breast augmentation. First, I wanted a surgeon with great reviews. The reviews on Dr Canales are stellar. In fact, he has preformed procedures on two of my family members too. They all give him raving reviews. He's personable, listens to your concerns, answers all questions, sets realistic expectations, and he helped steer me in the right direction for size. The second factor was the facility. The Plastic Surgery Associates facility is wonderful. There is a discreet exit for patients leaving as well. A third factor was the staff. Every one of the employees has been amazing. They always have a smile on their faces and love to share their stories. Lastly, I am from the East Bay and convenience was a major factor. I was able to submit photos online to determine if I was a good candidate and submit more photos if I had any questions. Dr Canales was very quick with response time and I never waited more than a few minutes in the waiting room. Needless to say, I am thrilled with my results! The only question I have is: Why didn't I do this sooner? Thank you to Dr Canales and his wonderful staff! L"



"As a patient of Drs. Canales & Furnas I have had occasion to also use their Allegro Medspa.  I have always been happy with the results of each procedure. The staff at the medspa are highly trained and very competent.  Having had other medical professionals perform botox or juvederm, I can tell you that I have had the best results with the Allegro Medspa staff.    JMP"



"I had been looking for a surgeon to do my Rhinoplasty for almost a decade and was having a hard time finding the right one. I initially scheduled my consultation after reading so many positive reviews and also hearing a good review from my sister who is a Anesthesiologist in the area. She told me "When it comes to your face, Dr. Furnas is the best, she's an artist". I went in to the office for the first time and was very impressed with the presentation, friendly staff and how much I learned in that first visit. What was really stalling me from picking a surgeon for so long was that every surgeon I saw told me the same thing... that I needed more done to my nose than I was comfortable with... I even had one surgeon in San Francisco tell me I had a masculine face... not really something a woman wants to hear when they are already so self conscious and nervous to be talking about something so sensitive to them in the first place. Anyway, Dr. Furnas LISTENED to what I wanted and assured me I was making the right choice going for the minimal change, not the drastic one. She broke it down for me and made me feel so confident in that decision. She went into great detail about what she planned to do and how it would reflect the rest of my facial structure. Within 24 hours I had spoken to Abby about my financial options and I was scheduled for surgery a month later! The surgery was a great experience, nicest nurses, an amazing Anesthesiologist (the IV was in before I knew he was even starting) and of course Dr. Furnas. My recovery was a little tough, not in pain but more in wearing off the anesthesia but over time it got better and my nose began to heal! Almost 3 months post op now and I see the swelling going down more every day and I am truly starting to see how amazing Dr. Furnas' work really is. I am thrilled with my experience and results and would HIGHLY recommend to anyone considering cosmetic surgery!"



"Very happy with my results. Staff was warm and responsive. My favorite part of my experience was working with Dr. Canales. I was very nervous about having my surgery.  He has a very calming and compassionate demeanor about him. He even held my hand as I was going under anesthesia. Very happy with the whole experience."



"I had breast reduction surgery with Dr. Canales yesterday. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Canales and all of his staff. From the moment I called to enquire about scheduling a consultation to walking out of the facility after surgery, everyone was so kind and helpful. I had wanted to have this procedure for over 2 years but had put it off in a lot of ways due to anxiety about finding a surgeon that not only was very highly qualified, but who also had a warm and friendly bedside manner. He is also incredibly down to earth with a great sense of humor, something I have found somewhat lacking in the others I have met in his field. I know it is only day 1 but I'm feeling great, not remotely as painful as I expected. Stitches come out next Monday and then I am looking forward to making a full recovery and enjoying the weight that has been lifted off my chest! Thank you Dr. Canales and all of your administrative and medical team for taking such good care of me."



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