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Bret Johnson, MD

Bret Johnson, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon


I grew up in a small town located in northeastern Kansas.  My hometown only had a population of 1,000 people and my graduating high school class only had 40 kids.  Growing up in a small town afforded a wonderful experience to grow and develop into an adult and helped instill many of the values – hard work, determination, kindness, and collaboration – that have helped lead me to where I am today.

Education and Training

After graduating high school I attended the University of Kansas, graduating with Highest Distinction with a B.A. in Biology and then completed my medical doctorate at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  Following completion of medical school, I moved to Dallas, Texas where I completed two residencies, in both general surgery and plastic surgery, at UT Southwestern.

My residency training was unparalleled, as the UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery residency is perennially ranked as the number 1 plastic surgery residency in the nation. I received a high volume, hands-on training with significant autonomy in addition to having the opportunity to work with and learn from many of the top leaders in the field of Plastic Surgery. I chose to complete an additional year of fellowship training following residency, focusing on adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery at the Pediatric Plastic Surgery Institute and Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute.  During this year, I not only received specialized training in reconstructive craniofacial surgery, but also a significant amount of additional aesthetic surgery experience, including facelift, rhinoplasty, and breast and body procedures.

Plastic Surgery Specialization

As a Dallas Plastic Surgeon, I pride myself on surgical technique, attention to detail, and optimal appearance of surgery. These traits, in addition to the focus on restoring both form and function was what drew me to the field of plastic surgery. Although I find many different types of surgery within the broad field of Plastic Surgery rewarding for different reasons, I was drawn particularly to the field of aesthetic surgery due to the artistry that is involved in each procedure. It is extremely rewarding to be able to help patients achieve an outward appearance that matches their inner self.

Consultation Goals

My goals during the initial consultation are to develop a rapport with my patient, create a warm, comforting environment, listen to the goals and expectations of the patient, and then explain the surgical and non-surgical procedures and techniques that can help deliver those results. It is normal to be nervous or apprehensive about undergoing surgery and there will be no shortage of time devoted to answering questions and explaining procedures until a patient is comfortable with their decision.