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 impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the honesty of Dr. Bates."



"Being new to Ponte Vedra, I was so happy to have Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery recommended to me. As a new patient to plastic surgery, I was so lucky to meet Dr. Bates and his team at PVPS. Everyone was so fantastic and they made me feel comfortable and supported from the minute I walked in for my first appointment. Having completed my surgery with Dr. Bates, I could not have asked for a better surgeon or nicer person. He took his time to carefully explain everything to me from what to expect to the careful post surgery details. He has such a nice way about him and made me feel like I was his most important patient. And as for the surgery results, they are amazing. Dr. Bates is a meticulous artist and surgeon who gave me the exact results I was looking for. What a fantastic addition to the team of great doctors at PVPS."



"I just wanted to give Dr. Bates an excellent review here since I know he is newer to this location and being a business owner that relies on reviews and social media, I know it matters. His bedside manner could not be any more professional yet he still makes you feel comfortable and at ease. He is an amazing surgeon and his nurse Rosa is amazing as well. She promptly replies to any questions I have and they have been there every step of the way before, during and after surgery. I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Bates and his team. I am so happy with my decision to go with him as my Dr. He is an excellent addition to the team here and I am so thankful their hard work and dedication."



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