Dr. Chris Bates – Northeast Florida Plastic Surgeon

Meet Dr. Bates

Dr. Chris Bates grew up in Dalton, GA. Ever since being an exchange student in Germany in high school, he has loved to travel the world and has been blessed to continue this passion with his wife, Miranda.  They have lived in several states and have recently relocated from California.  Their families have both spent ample time in the St. Simons area and are very familiar with north Florida.  They are so excited to become a part of the community and finally call the south home.  Dr. Bates enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, golf, and loves to spend his time off with his son Brody. He is also a major college football fan.  Go Dawgs!

Specialties and Skills

Dr. Bates has had the honor of practicing plastic surgery now on all three coasts and utilizes the different ideas and techniques that he's learned along the way to bring the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art, and most importantly safe plastic surgery to his patients.

One of his greatest attributes that patients comment on is his bedside manner. He holds this near and dear to his heart and wants to ensure that he makes all of his patients feel safe and comfortable during the entirety of their journey at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

His interests include mommy makeovers, body contouring, breast, surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

Education and Training

Dr. Bates attended and graduated with honors at the University of Georgia for his undergrad. He then went on scholarship to Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV, where he graduated first in class. At the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX he attended the 6 year integrated plastic surgery residency, and served as chief resident of plastic surgery and president of the resident body. In Laguna Beach, CA he attended the aesthetic plastic surgery fellowship with Dan Mills, MD, who is one of the past presidents of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

2004-2008 University of Georgia

2009-2013 Marshall University

2013-2019 University of Texas Medical Branch Residency

2019-2020 Fellowship Laguna Beach


McNurlen, Maria, M.D., Boson, Alexis, B.S., Bates, Christopher, M.D., and Phillips, Linda, M.D. “Children and Residency: It Can Be Done!” In Progress.

“A Study of the Safety, Tolerability, and Clinical Pharmacology of Subcutaneous 10XB-101 in Adult Subjects Undergoing Abdominoplasty.” Active Clinical Trial.

Bates, Christopher, M.D. and Mills, Daniel, M.D. “The Inferiorly Based Dermal Flap for Biologic Scaffold Coverage in Aesthetic Breast Surgery.” Accepted for Presentation at the California Society of Plastic Surgeons 70th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. May 2019.

Bates, Christopher, M.D., Junek, Kelsey S., B.S., Boson, Alexis L., B.S., Andry, Danielle, M.D., Boukovalas, Stefanos, M.D., and Phillips, Linda G., M.D. “Standardized Documentation Template Increases Insurance Approval for Reduction Mammaplasty.” Oral Presentation at the Second Annual Blocker Lewis Plastic Surgery Society Research Day. Galveston, TX. April 2019.

Freudenburg, Elliott P., B.S., Gray, Kelsey M., B.S., Boson, Alexis L., B.S., Padilla, Pablo L., M.D., Ohlstein, Jason F., M.D., MPH, Bates, Christopher M., M.D., and Cole, Eric L., M.D., FACS. “Dermal Fillers and Associated Complications: A Review of the Literature and Case Series.” Poster Presentation at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. September 2018.

Bates, Christopher M., M.D., Boson, Alexis, B.S., and Moliver, Clayton, M.D. “The Role of Antiperspirants in the Perpetuation of Axillary Perspiration, A Randomized Double-Blinded Prospective Study.” Oral Presentation at the Inaugural Blocker Lewis Plastic Surgery Society Research Day. Galveston, TX. June 2018.

Nemir, Stephanie, M.D., Ph.D., Bates, Christopher, M.D., and Moliver, Clayton, M.D. “Coolsculpting®: Experience, Clinical Results, and Patient Complications.” Oral Presentation at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. September 2016.

Bates, Christopher, M.D., Boukovalas, Stefanos, M.D., Dillard, Rachel, B.S., Qiu, Suimmin, M.D., Ph.D., and Cole, Eric, M.D. “Intravascular Papillary Endothelial Hyperplasia (Masson’s tumor): A Diagnosis the Plastic Surgeon Should be Aware Of.” Oral Presentation at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. September 2016.

Bates, Christopher, B.S., Ahmed, Rezwan, M.D., Richardson, Russ, B.S., and Bolkhir, Wesam, M.D. “Uncovering the Mystery of an Extragingival Pyogenic Granuloma in an Emergent Setting.” Poster Presentation at the West Virginia State American College of Physicians Meeting. Roanoke, WV. October 2012.

Bates, Christopher M., B.S. and Shuler, Franklin D., M.D., Ph.D. “Skin Temperatures and Plaster Splint-Induced Thermal Injury in the Orthopaedic Patient.” Oral Presentation at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards SOM Annual Research Day. Huntington, WV. March 2012.


"Dr Christopher Bates was a pleasure to meet and made me feel so comfortable ☺."



"I am writing to give a huge thank you to Dr. Bates. First off, this was my first surgery of any kind and he was there to answer any questions that I had along the way. Dr. Bates is very knowledgeable about his craft and you can tell from the first interaction with him that he wants the best outcome possible for each and every patient. Dr. Bates had an outstanding bedside manner, which I am thankful for since as stated prior this was my first procedure of any kind. Dr. Bates is not only a wonderful surgeon but overall a caring physician who looks out for the needs of each person he comes in contact with. Dr. Bates also has a fantastic nurse named Rosie and they will be making many people happy for years to come."


Office Visit

"I was very pleased with the first contact via phone. Upon our arrival, we were treated very kindly and professionally. Everyone we came in contact with was very pleasant and caring. Dr. Christopher Bates was a pleasure from the start. We really enjoyed his kind and caring personality along with his extensive knowledge. My son who is sixteen is very quiet and he made a comment to me he liked Dr. Bates. That says a lot! We appreciate Dr. Bates making us feel at home from the start. Thank you & Happy New Year!"


Office Visit

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.