Director of the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Program
Ronald E. Hoxworth, M.D., is a Professor of Plastic Surgery, Chief of Plastic Surgery, and Director of the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon, with a practice that encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
“My patients understand that my main concern is for their health and safety and a desire to always do what is right for them,” Dr. Hoxworth says.
"Our abdominal wall clinic has created options for patients who have been told there were none. Because of the advanced techniques utilized, we can help the patients who are sent here as a last resort.”
As part of his cosmetic practice, Dr. Hoxworth performs breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and facial rejuvenation, including both surgical and nonsurgical treatments such as Botox, fillers, and Ulthera. In addition to his extensive clinical experience with these products, Dr. Hoxworth also has participated in national studies involving their use.
Although a growing number of patients are having cosmetic surgery procedures, not all are safe and effective for every patient or result in the long-term impact that patients want.
Mommy Makeovers, for example, are increasingly popular and often include a variety of cosmetic procedures. Dr. Hoxworth stresses that it is very important to individualize the procedures and determine what will achieve the best results for each patient.
Dr. Hoxworth also stresses the importance of patient education and the need to understand the physiologic and biologic changes that are involved before having a Mommy Makeover. He says it’s not just about the surgery but also about preparing for the surgical outcome – including the recovery and resumption of normal activities after surgery. His approach is to explain to patients which procedures are most appropriate for them based on current and future plans for additional pregnancies, breastfeeding, physical activities, and lifestyle, as well as other factors.
As part of his reconstructive surgery practice, Dr. Hoxworth performs adult and pediatric procedures involving the face, breast, extremities, and abdominal wall. He has extensive experience with abdominal and trunk reconstruction.
In addition to his clinical duties, he participates in cutting-edge, patient-directed research. He has served as the principal investigator for award-winning studies and publications that evaluated patient safety and outcomes in plastic and reconstructive surgery patients.
Dr. Hoxworth was a leader in establishing UT Southwestern’s Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Program, which treats both congenital and acquired defects. The Program also treats patients who have experienced complications from previous surgeries. It is one of the busier programs in the region and quite possibly the nation, he says.
The Program involves a team of physicians who see both adult and pediatric patients from all over the United States and beyond. It is built on a multidisciplinary approach to delivering care with specialists in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, GI/Endocrine Surgery, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Urology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Surgical Oncology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Surgery.
Dr. Hoxworth realizes that in order to provide the best possible care for his patients, it is important to understand the evolving nature of medicine so patients may benefit from the newest techniques as well as the proven standards of care.