Thomas Walker, MD, FACS

Thomas J. Walker, MD, FACS is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, who dedicates his cosmetic and reconstructive procedures exclusively to the nose, face and neck. His meticulous approach to facial cosmetic procedures and ability to successfully take on highly complex rhinoplasty cases has made him among one of the most sought after surgeons in the Southeastern United States. Dr. Walker specializes in Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Ethnic Rhinoplasty, Asian Rhinoplasty, and other nasal surgeries, as well as Facelift, Neck Lift, Eyelid/Eyebrow Surgery, Buccal Fat Removal and numerous other popular facial cosmetic surgeries. He is in high demand for his facial surgeries and a variety of non-surgical procedures including facial fillers, Botox/Dysport, and facial contouring. Dr. Walker has earned a reputation for creating consistent and natural results with nearly invisible scarring utilizing the most innovative techniques.

“He is thorough in explaining the options that best suit your case and the pros and cons to each.”

Realself

“From the initial office visit through surgery to post op visit, his attention to thorough detail and assurance of my understanding were apparent and appreciated.”

Realself

“Great visit. Dr. Walker took time to explain my condition and answer any questions. Definitely recommend him!”

Zoc Doc

EXPERTISE & TECHNIQUE

There are very few nasal surgeries Dr. Walker is not able or willing to tackle. As a rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Walker takes on a wide range of cases helping numerous clients, from those looking to have a primary “nose job” or wanting their breathing issues resolved, to many who’ve felt hopeless and dejected after a “botched” cosmetic surgery, suboptimal rhinoplasty results, severe nasal trauma, or cancer resection. In fact, Dr. Walker is one of the few rhinoplasty surgeons in the country whose expertise is harvesting your own rib (aka autologous rib grafting), if necessary, in revision surgeries, through a minimal incision. This allows him to take on cases considered too complex for many plastic surgeons. Another technique he may utilize, if needed, is harvesting a small portion of your own ear (auricular) cartilage through a hidden incision behind your ear to reconstruct the nose, although most patients who have never undergone a previous nose job typically do not need either ear or rib cartilage, and surgery is limited to the nose. Dr. Walker performs as many primary rhinoplasties as he does revision surgeries. Clients seeking an “augmentation rhinoplasty” often turn to Dr. Walker to build up the bridge of their nose,which many Asian and African-American clients seek. Although many prospective patients who are dissatisfied with their nasal appearance and/or breathing turn to Dr. Walker for surgery (see gallery), he equally enjoys performing liquid rhinoplasty (nose job), aka non-surgical rhinoplasty, through precise placement of facial filler (typically Voluma) to contour the nose and hide imperfections in clients who are candidates for such procedure.

Dr. Walker’s practice is not just limited to nasal surgery but he is also skilled in the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures that rejuvenate the face and neck. His goal is to give you a refreshed and natural look with virtually undetectable scarring. Dr. Walker offers endoscopic brow or forehead lifts, blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts), neck lifts, mini-facelifts and facelifts, facial implants, fat transfer or fat grafting, buccal fat removal, neck liposuction, otoplasty (ear surgery), torn earlobe repair, and chin augmentation. He also performs a vast array of non-surgical procedures including Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, Kybella, dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvéderm including Voluma, chemical peels, laser resurfacing and RF microneedling treatments. His reconstructive expertise includes excision and reconstruction of skin cancers and other skin lesions, MOHs reconstruction, scar revision, keloid treatment, and facial trauma repair.

WHY CHOOSE DR. WALKER 

Dr. Walker’s expertise, precise attention to detail, and consistency, along with his honest and approachable bedside manner, have consistently garnered a multitude of 5-star reviews from his clients for several reasons:

Dr. Walker takes his time 

Many clients have expressed surprise at the time Dr. Walker takes to educate you and answer all of your questions and concerns. He believes that no excellent result can be obtained unless he listens to you not only about your treatment goals, but also your motivation to seek treatment in the first place. He spends as much time with you as needed in order to understand your concerns and wishes, then creates an individualized treatment plan, taking into consideration your gender, age, ethnic background, height, and most importantly, your goals.

Dr. Walker is honest and straightforward 

Dr. Walker will never shy away from being honest about whether or not your goals are realistic or achievable.  He values the trust he builds with his clients; and therefore, believes they deserve his honest opinion and advice.  Many of his clients travel domestically and internationally to seek care from Dr. Walker and his team.

Dr. Walker is a perfectionist

 This is often the first description of Dr. Walker by his colleagues, friends, family, or anyone who has observed him in the operating room. He has high expectations of himself and demands nothing but the best from anyone around him, as he himself expects nothing but the best in everything he touches. He never takes shortcuts. Unless he can achieve the best result possible, he will not tackle a problem, either at work or in his rare spare time.

Dr. Walker is a surgeon’s surgeon

 Many plastic surgery-, ENT-, other physician-colleagues, and team members have sought out Dr. Walker for their own, as well as their immediate family member’s cosmetic procedures. There is no better compliment for a surgeon than to be entrusted by colleagues, who have inside information about fellow surgeons’ work ethic, technique, and most importantly, results.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS 

Dr. Walker is an active member of multiple medical associations and societies. He believes in a strong network of physicians in his core competencies and medical providers in order to deliver the most state-of-the art and contemporary patient care.

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) 
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS) 
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) 
  • American Medical Association (AMA) 

BACKGROUND / TRAINING 

Dr. Walker grew up in southern Germany and relocated with his family to the United States in 2000, where he completed his college, medical school, residency, and fellowship in various parts of the country. He underwent extensive surgical training solely dedicated to the head and neck that began with a five-year residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery accredited by the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) at the University of Miami. He was appointed Chief Resident his final year of residency by his mentors and peers. During his residency training, Dr. Walker worked with some of the most renowned and respected rhinoplasty surgeons in the world, namely Dr. Richard Davis and Dr. Robert Simons. Dr. Walker was subsequently selected as one of approximately 40 surgeons annually to complete a highly competitive, one-year apprenticeship-style fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), which he completed at the University of Illinois – Chicago as the personal fellow of Dr. Dean Toriumi. Dr. Toriumi is a pioneer of modern and structural rhinoplasty and is widely regarded as one of the best rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgeons in the world.

During his time in Chicago, Dr. Walker served as clinical instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Illinois – Chicago where he taught and helped foster Facial Plastic Surgery skills of the ENT residents at UIC. This position provided Dr. Walker with exposure to some of the most advanced techniques in modern rhinoplasty surgery as well as to some of the most complex cases from across the globe. 

Professional Experience

His extensive training in various plastic surgery capitals of the world, Miami and Chicago, laid the foundation for Dr. Walker’s broad armamentarium to perform all ranges of rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery: primary rhinoplasty (noses that were never operated on before), Ethnic Rhinoplasty, Asian Rhinoplasty, African-American Rhinoplasty, Revision (secondary and tertiary) Rhinoplasty, or complicated cases such as saddle nose deformities, cocaine noses, cleft lip nasal deformities, noses damaged by implants or fillers, and septal perforations.

As a double board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOTO), and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Dr. Walker exhibits the highest level of specialization, education, and certification in Facial Plastic Surgery as well as the highest standards of patient care with board-certification in all areas of his expertise. Dr. Walker is also a member of the esteemed Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society, an accolade reserved only for the top 5% of students in medical school. He has been active as a research investigator and has presented his research at the national and international level. He has also authored publications and book chapters in the most highly regarded publications in the fields of facial plastic surgery.

In his spare time, Dr. Walker enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing golf and tennis, baking, and traveling the world.