Bardia Amirlak, M.D.

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Breast Surgery


Bardia Amirlak, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Amirlak earned his medical degree at Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo. He completed a research fellowship in neurological surgery at New York Medical College and then performed his residency in general surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Amirlak received additional training through another fellowship in hand surgery, microsurgery, and peripheral nerve surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the world-renowned Kleinert Institute, where he was involved with the nation's first hand transplants. He then performed another residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Case Western Reserve University under the expert guidance of world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Bahman Guyuron.

Triple board-certified in plastic surgery, surgery, and hand surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010 and currently serves as Director of Plastic Surgery Clinics and Director of Residency for the Cosmetic Clinic.

Dr. Amirlak is a founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation and a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2018 he was invited to serve as the Aesthetic Committee Chair for the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

He has won many awards in plastic surgery such as the Rhinoplasty Society Award and the Best 2018 and 2019 North American Paper of the Year in Plastic Surgery. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters. He has presented his research and innovative surgical techniques at medical symposiums around the world, and his research has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Amirlak has been recognized in national media such as The Daily Mail, NPR, and ABC News.

He serves also as a reviewer for numerous medical journals, including the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, and he is on the editorial board for the Journal of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Meet Dr. Amirlak

Plastic Surgeon in Dallas

Bardia Amirlak, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center and an expert in cosmetic surgery. His expertise in plastic surgery translates into results that not only look natural for his patients, but also are safe and effective.

"We set the pace and protocols for plastic surgery across the globe. One of the major reasons is our extensive research into new plastic surgery techniques and technology,” Dr. Amirlak says.

One of Dr. Amirlak’s primary areas of research involves facial aging and shape. He has investigated the environmental factors of aging, various methods of fat grafting for the face and body, and 3D-analysis of the face and nose, all to enhance the results of surgery. This background contributes significantly to his skill in tailoring aesthetic surgeries for patients.

When talking with patients about what they want to achieve, he evaluates whether nonsurgical or surgical cosmetic approaches will achieve the best results. He offers a full range of options for the eyes, face, and body – such as body contouring procedures, breast augmentation, primary and complex rhinoplasty, and facial rejuvenation techniques such as high SMAS face lift, upper lip lift, neck lift, fat injections to the cheek and under the eyes, and upper and lower eyelid surgery. He also offers Botox® for neck wrinkles, crow’s feet, and peri-oral lines; hyaluronic acid filler for both fine and deep lines; Ulthera (ultrasound face lift), and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment for hair loss.

In his Dallas office, he uses sophisticated imaging systems such as VECTRA three-dimensional face and body cameras to achieve the most accurate results. Other unique areas of his practice include hand rejuvenation with FDA-approved fillers, fat injection and vein ablation, and Botox® injections for excessive palm and armpit sweating. As part of expanding his cosmetic practice, he has put together a comprehensive treatment protocol for breast and face gender affirmation surgeries. With his team, Dr. Amirlak also travels to Dubai to perform surgery.

In addition being an expert in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Amirlak performs complex reconstructive procedures to restore a more natural appearance or improve function after a traumatic injury or illness. These reconstructive procedures range from breast reconstruction after breast cancer treatment to nasal surgery to correct breathing problems.

For breast reconstruction, Dr. Amirlak offers a comprehensive range of options to create new breasts that look natural. These include various types of implants, DIEP flaps (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator), modified extended latisimus flaps, and other perforator flaps including under the buttocks and PAP flaps (profunda artery perforator), which he performs in collaboration with his partners. He is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country who has experience with the non-implant-based BRAVA Bra and fat injections, which can be used for breast reconstruction as well as augmentation.

Because of his background training and his innovative surgical procedures, Dr. Amirlak has been internationally recognized for treating adult and pediatric patients with certain types of peripheral nerve and headaches disorders, such as daily persistent headaches (NDPH), occipital neuralgia, and chronic migraines. He performs both surgical procedures (including trigger release and nerve decompression) as well as non-surgical Botox® procedures for the treatment of intractable headaches.

He uses his own modified endoscopic-assisted approach for the treatment of occipital migraines, as well as his innovative paradigm of Anatomical Regional Targeted (ART) Botox® injection. This is now considered the most comprehensive and targeted Botox® injection available.

Dr. Amirlak is not only very passionate about achieving the best natural results for his cosmetic patients, but he also dedicates part of his time to charity and humanitarian mission trips. He is extremely proud that he was able to save a Navy veteran’s forearm using a rare transfusion technique. The patient’s arm was amputated in a work-related accident, but Dr. Amirlak was able to save the arm and restore its function.

Personal Note

Dr. Amirlak enjoys skiing and traveling and is married to a cosmetic dentist. He and his wife welcomed a baby boy into their family in 2019.

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Universidad Iberoamericana, Dominican Republic (1995-1999)
  • Residency - Case Western Reserve University (2007-2010), Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellowship - University of Louisville - School of Medicine (2006-2007), Hand Surgery
  • Residency - Creighton University School of Medicine (2001-2006), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - New York Medical College (2000-2001), Research
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Reconstructive Transplant Surgery
  • Dallas County Medical Society / Texas Medical Association
  • Kleinert Society, CMK Institute for Hand and Microsurgery
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2022
  • Best North American Paper of the Year 2018, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open
  • Best North American Paper of the Year 2017, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open
  • Top Doctor 2017, Castle Connolly
  • Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgery Top Award 2010
  • Winner of the Rhinoplasty Society Award 2010
  • Founding Member - American Society of Reconstructive Transplant Surgery 2008
  • American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award 2008
  • Winner of 2007 Frachaud Award by the American Hernia Society 2007
  • People's Choice Award 2003, Award, Best Team Player of Year, Creighton University Medical Center
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Skin Melanoma: A Modern Multidisciplinary Approach
      Dehdashtian A, Stringer T, Warren A, Mu E, Amirlak B, Shahbi L (2018), Switzerland, Springer International Publishing AG Cham
    • Digital imaging and standardized photography in rhinoplasty in Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters
      Rohrich RJ, Adams WP, Ahmad J, Gunter JP, eds (2014), Boca Raton FL USA, CRC Press
    • Hernia Repair in Maingot’s: Abdominal Operations
      Zinner, MJ (ed) (2006), Columbus, Ohio USA, McGraw-Hill
    • Methods of determining apoptosis in neuro-oncology in Cell Cycle in the Central Nervous System
      Janigro, D (ed) (2006), Totowa, NJ USA, Humana Inc
  • Facial Aging and Fat Compartments
  • 3D Imaging for Rhinoplasty
  • 3D Imaging for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery
  • Migraine Treatment with Botox® and Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction

Clinical Focus

  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Cosmetic Breast Surgery

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Q&A by Dr. Amirlak