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

Dr. Sosa and 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 Plastic Surgeon in Orlando, FLbrother 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. Sosa and 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 Plastic Surgery in Orlando, FLskill 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

Orlando, Florida starting in January, l987.
Limited to Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery for Men and Women.

Phoenix Plastic Surgery Residency
Phoenix, Arizona

American Board of Plastic Surgery-1989
American Board of Surgery-1985

Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando, Florida

Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
B.A. – Natural Sciences

Orlando Health
(Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. Phillips
Hospital, Arnold Palmer Hospital, Lucerne,
Winnie Palmer,Health Central Hospital)


Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Orlando Health
Orlando, Florida, 1989 to 1994 and 1999 to 07/2017

Executive Board Member, Florida Society of
Plastic Surgeons, 2002 to 2008

President, Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons,
2000, 2001

Plastic Surgeon Liaison for Medicare Carrier
Advisory Committee for State of Florida,
representing the Florida Plastic Surgery Society,
1992-2007 Alternate Liaison 2008-2013

Expert Witness/ Physician Reviewer
For the Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc.
and Florida Board of Medicine

Member of the Foundation Board University of
Central Florida Executive Advisory Council
College of Health and Public Affairs 2002-2007

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
American Association of Physician’s & Surgeons
Florida Society of Plastic and Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Orange County Medical Society
Florida Medical Association

Clinics in Plastic Surgery, October l987, Facial
Aesthetic Surgery: Art, Anatomy,Anthropometrics,
and Imaging, Fascile Identification of the Facial
Nerve Branches.

4106 West Lake Mary Boulevard, Suite 212
Lake Mary, Florida 32746 (407) 333-2525
(407) 333-9583 FAX

January 12, l953 Orlando, Florida

3240 Carla Street Orlando, Florida 32806

Happily Married
May 7, l988

Member of…


Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates


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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. Sosa and 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. Sosa and Dr. Johnston reviews policies in medicine to improve insurance coverage for our patients. Dr. Sosa and 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!

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Awarded readers choice in Orlando in 2007 and 2008!