Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery www.abfprs.org, and has dedicated his career to facial plastic surgery. In 2018-2019 he served as President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Langsdon is a pioneer in facial plastic surgery. He developed techniques which revolutionized contouring improvements in saggy necks. He has continually improved his SMMS (or submental muscular medialization and suspension) technique over many years and was the first to publish his technique in 2012, then again in 2013 and with statistical results in 2018. The technique has been adopted by many other leading facelift surgeons throughout the world. He also developed techniques for rhinoplasty procedures such as a preservation rhinoplasty technique that is specific to enhance natural looking nose job results involving the tip.
Dr. Langsdon began his higher education obtaining his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Alabama and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. While in medical school he was awarded The Medical Student Research Fellowship, The March of Dimes Medical Student Research Fellowship, and The Summer Oncology Fellowship. He was named the Barton Scholar upon graduation.
He knew early on that he wanted to specialize in plastic surgery of the face. He first trained in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Indiana University, a program well known for teaching rhinoplasty, facelift, and other facial aesthetic procedures as well as head & neck cancer and reconstructive surgery. He was accepted for advanced training and then underwent a year-long Fellowship devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery of the face through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery www.aafprs.org. After this extensive and focused training, Dr. Langsdon began his practice in Memphis, Tennessee. He is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery www.abfprs.org.
Dr. Langsdon’s career has been focused entirely on Facial Plastic Surgery and he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in this field. He served as a Professor with the University of Tennessee for over two and a half decades and runs a private Facial Plastic Surgery clinic (The Langsdon Clinic). A frequent lecturer throughout the U.S. on the topics of facial plastic surgery, he has given well over 300 medical lectures. He has over 40 publications, authoring several medical articles, book chapters, and a medical textbook. He has appeared nationally on The Today Show, Headline News (worldwide), CSPAN, PBS Marketplace, as well as regionally on stations KTNV-ABC Las Vegas, WJLA- Washington, D.C., Youtoo America, The Morning Blend-Tuscon, Atlanta & Company-Atlanta, Local Memphis network affiliates, and First Coast Living-Jacksonville, and many more. He has been quoted in national publications such as Glamour Magazine, Skin Inc, The Dermatologist, Plastic Surgery Practice, The Aesthetic Channel, Prime Magazine, Everyday Health, Happi Magazine, American Spa, Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune, Allure Magazine, Dayspa Magazine, Dermatology Times and Star Advertiser. He has been selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America list by Woodward/White, Inc., the Guide to Americas’ Top Physicians by Consumer’s Research Council of America, Top Doctors in Delta Sky Magazine, and Best Cosmetic Surgery, as well as Best Medical Spa by the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper for several years.
He has been an active volunteer in many church, civic and professional organization programs. He has served in a medical mission to the nation of Haiti, and he has actively and financially supported patient care and education programs for that country. Dr. Langsdon also helps the underserved in the Mid South by providing pro bono reconstructive facial plastic surgical service for the working poor through the Memphis Church Health Center’s volunteer surgical subspecialty service program. In addition, he has spent thousands of hours teaching medical residents in training as well as young doctors specializing in facial plastic surgery.
On a national level, Dr. Langsdon has served on many committees of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and recently served as the 2018-2019 President of the organization. He has served in leadership positions as committee chairs, as a member of the AAFPRS board of directors from 2015-2017 and as the national Fall Meeting Program Chair from 2016 through 2018. Through the program chair position, he has planned, organized, and overseen this national medical education program for the entire AAFPRS organization, that provides Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) credits (CME) for those physicians specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery. These programs are national symposiums in which doctors exchange the latest information regarding the standard of care, surgical techniques, and new developments in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as non-surgical facial aesthetic procedures and technology. Dr. Langsdon also directs an AAFPRS sponsored fellowship training program for young doctors who spend an additional year assisting Dr. Langsdon as they learn to specialize in facial plastic surgery.
He is also the founder of the Foundation for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs an annual multi-specialty medical education program for facial plastic surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and eye plastic surgeons. Dr. Langsdon has organized this multi-specialty training program for 25 years.
Dr. Langsdon is a past fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and the Memphis Medical Society. He served as vice-president of the Memphis Medical Society through 2017 and as president in 2018. His practice is limited to Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Langsdon has been in practice in Memphis since 1986.