Dean L. Johnston, M.D., F.A.C.S

Dr. Johnston is a native Floridian. Born and raised in Orlando, a Boone High School graduate, he comes from a long line of Healthcare professionals. His father and dr-thumbbrother are distinguished surgeons and his mother, two sisters and wife are Registered Nurses. Medicine has long been his calling and given him fulfillment in helping others. Dr. Johnston considers himself to be particularly fortunate to have his wife, Kathy work along side him as his nurse and Practice Concierge.

Her nursing allows her to address your questions with quality information. Her compassion and caring puts patients at ease with their decision. “Choosing to have surgery is a whole different ballgame than having to have it. You have to feel comfortable with your decision, your Surgeon, and the staff,” she always says.

Nurse till 5, Wife after 5, Kathy and the Doctor share more than their love of Plastic Surgery.


Why I Value Cosmetic Surgery

Aesthetic surgery is the ultimate reconstructive surgical challenge. To undertake a cosmetic procedure, a surgeon must have the enormity of ego, and the skills to support it, to believe that “normal” can be made “better.” The surgeon must have a keen eye for surface anatomy and for aesthetics, be sure about every detail of the procedure, and be attentive to the patient’s psyche. Management of a complication requires a master surgeon who can resolve the physical problem and cope with the emotional turmoil that invariably surrounds it.

A reconstructive procedure intended to make a physical deformity vanish may be perceived, in a societal sense, as more noble or valuable than an aesthetic case, but reconstructive surgery cannot exist without cosmetic surgery, and vice versa. In order to fulfill the mission of restoring “form and function” to patients, plastic surgeons must continually strive for technical virtuosity and aesthetic perfection. Aesthetic surgery pushes the surgeon to accept nothing but perfection, and aesthetic surgery skills pay enormous dividends for reconstructive patients.

Cosmetic surgery makes reconstructive surgery better, and the two should remain conjoined as the specialty that is plastic surgery.


Why I Devoted My Life to Plastic Surgery

I come from a family of talented health care professionals. I was born to be a surgeon. Every medical discipline is demanding, but plastic surgery requires a special dr-johnston-family-reunionskill because of the precision and artistic ability needed. It has one of the longest and most comprehensive training programs in medicine.

I love the challenge of being both surgeon and artist, paying the closest attention to every detail of an operation or procedure. I take great pride in helping my patients look their best because it gives me tremendous satisfaction and because my results are on display for the world to see.

Reconstructive surgery is not just to make the patient look acceptable, but to improve his or her appearance. The goal is to return “form and function” to patients, while achieving aesthetic perfection.

Being a cosmetic surgeon, as well as a reconstructive surgeon, I strive for beautiful results in everything I do. Whether performing a complex face lift or a simple medical spa treatment like injecting Botox®, I accept nothing less than aesthetic perfection.

Why You Should Feel Good About Your Decision

It used to be that a reconstructive procedure to correct a deformity was socially more acceptable than cosmetic surgery done for purely aesthetic reasons. Fortunately, society has come to realize the value of both. A desire to look your best is not simple vanity. Cosmetic surgery that is done correctly can have a remarkably positive effect on a person’s mental health, physical wellbeing and quality of life.

So come in for a consultation and let’s talk about achieving your goals. You deserve to look your best.

Curriculum Vitae

American Board of Plastic Surgery – 1989
American Board of Surgery – 1985
BA in Natural Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Medical School:
MD, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Residency & Fellowships:
General Surgery Internship:
Medical University of South Carolina
General Surgery Residency:
Orlando Regional Medical Center Orlando, Florida
Plastic Surgery Residency:
Phoenix Plastic Surgery Residency, Phoenix, Arizona
Community Service:
Member St. Luke¹s Episcopal Church
Leadership Orlando Class of 1988
University of Central Florida College of Health & Public Affairs Dean¹s Advisory Council 2000-2006
University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Trustees 2003-2006
Societies – Memberships – Affiliations:
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons (*past president)
Fellow American College of Surgeons
Florida Medical Association
Orange County Medical Society
Hospital Privileges:
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Orlando
Health Central
Expert Witness:
Florida Board of Medicine
Florida Department of Health

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Dr. Dean Johnston has been acknowledged as the best plastic surgeon by Orlando Magazine for the past 10 years. 2000 to 2013. Click here for article posted on He has served two consecutive years in 2000 – 2001 as the president of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and has been active member since starting his practice. At the annual meeting in 2001, Dr. Johnston was honored by his peers as a National Hero in the Plastic Surgery Community for his efforts toward patient safety. He annually attends the “Capitol Days” in Tallahassee where he meets with legislators to let the patient’s and physician’s voice be heard.

As the plastic surgeon liaison for Medicare in the state of Florida, Dr. Johnston reviews policies in medicine to improve insurance coverage for our patients. Dr. Johnston has also dedicated a part of his time to help cover the Level 1 Trauma center at ORMC. He has been doing helping with Level 1 Trauma patients for the last 26 years.

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Voted One of the Best Doctors in Orlando Since 2000 – Voted by his Peers!


Awarded readers choice in Orlando in 2007 and 2008!