Dr. Youn – America’s
Holistic Plastic Surgeon®

Dr. Anthony Youn

Dr. Anthony Youn

Whenever you go to a plastic surgeon’s website and look up their “About the Doctor” page, it’s always filled with facts about what school they went to and what awards they’ve received. If you’ve read one, you’ve read them all.  Do these pages really tell you how the doctor will take care of you?

Not really.

If you are reading this, then you probably already know that I have the top certifications and society memberships that are absolutely necessary to be your plastic surgeon.  So what’s really important for you to learn is how I treat my patients.  How I will treat you, if you give me the privilege of being your doctor.

So here’s my story.

I hope, after reading it, that you will look forward to sharing YOUR story with me someday.

Oh, and after my story I do list all the information that you typically find in an About The Doctor page, just in case you’re interested.

My name is Dr. Anthony Youn, and I’m a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Award-Winning Author, and Anti-Aging Expert.  As a successful plastic surgeon for twenty years who has performed tens of thousands of successful cosmetic procedures, I’ve come to realize that the key to true beauty lies in a holistic approach to youth.  Surgery should be a last resort.

This all started for me growing up a skinny, shy kid – the only Asian kid in a small town in the middle of Michigan.  Growing up I always felt different from others and unattractive.  I was skinny, wore huge, thick glasses, had braces, and worst of all a jaw that grew to enormous proportions. I remember having crushes on so many girls, and each one either laughed me off or told me that she wasn’t looking for a boyfriend right now. And invariably a week or two later she would be dating someone else.  Someone better looking than me.

So from an early age I’ve understood how your appearance, and how you feel about your appearance, can profoundly affect your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself.  I know what it feels like to look at other people and wish you looked as good as them.  I felt invisible.

So after high school I ended up having surgery to set back my jaw.  This surgery made me realize that you CAN control how you look and feel about yourself.  Because of this surgery, I felt that I wasn’t destined to live in the shadows and be invisible to others.

And this is one big reason why I became a plastic surgeon.  I wanted to help others feel better about themselves and how they look just like I did.

Flash forward many years and I’m a plastic surgeon in Metro Detroit.  I’m one of the busiest plastic surgeons in the state of Michigan with patients flying in from all over the country to have facelifts, tummy tucks, breast lifts, and eyelid lifts done by me.  I had reached the pinnacle of success as a plastic surgeon.

Then one patient rocked my world.

I met Sherry, a sixty year old woman who told me that as she has gotten older, she’s felt more and more invisible.  Sure, when she was in her 20s, she got a lot of attention.  She would notice men catching glimpses of her at the store and the bar, and women would look at her and tell her she looked amazing. But once she entered her 30s, 40s, and 50s, this happened less and less, to the point where now, at 60 years old, she felt overlooked.  Men didn’t look at her anymore.  Women didn’t pay her the same compliments.  She felt overlooked, unseen, and basically, invisible.

So she told me, “Dr. Youn, the face I see in the mirror isn’t me.  I take great care of myself, I work out regularly, I eat right.  I take so much better care of myself now than I did in my 20s, yet why do I feel so much worse about myself?  So when I look in the mirror I see drooping skin and jowls, and no matter what I do, I can’t change that.”

So she asked me to perform a facelift for her.  Sherry was convinced that having a facelift was just what she needed to freshen her look and help her feel young again.

Sherry was physically a good candidate for this surgery.  Safety has always been my top priority, so I ran the routine labs and had her cleared medically for the surgery.  A few weeks later I performed a facelift on her at the local hospital.

The surgery took three hours and went super-smoothly.  Very little bleeding, her neck and jowls were tight and smooth.  I kept Sherry in the hospital overnight (which is my typical routine) and saw her the next morning.  She looked fantastic.  I sent her home with plans to see her in five days.

Three days later Sherry decided that because she was feeling so incredible she would go out for a run.  This was definitely against my recommendations.  An hour after the run her neck and face started filling up with blood.  She was rushed to the hospital, where I met her in the emergency room.  She was terrified.

I rushed her to OR, stopped her bleeding, and saved her.

In the end, Sherry did just fine.  She looks amazing and no longer feels “invisible.”  She also has no signs to show the traumatic complication that she had.  However, her situation forced me to really consider my profession, my calling, my beliefs. We did everything by the book and her surgery went perfectly, yet still Sherry had a potentially disastrous complication.

What happened to Sherry is one of the greatest fears that all my patients have.  That you might have.  My patients want to look younger and feel better about how they look, but they are afraid of what might happen with surgery.  They are afraid of having a major complication.  They are afraid that undergoing surgery will make them look weird and plastic, even worse than where they started.

So that’s why I’m a very different plastic surgeon now than I was prior to meeting Sherry.  After her complication I became obsessed with how I can help my patients and followers to look and feel their best in the safest, most holistic way possible.

I knew that I had to find a better way.

So after years of research, I’ve determined that the best route to true beauty and youth lies in an integrative, holistic approach to turning back the clock, not the conventional approach which can jump to surgery too quickly.

That is why I practice Holistic Plastic Surgery.  Here is what I do for all my surgery patients, and what I would do for you, should you choose me as your surgeon:

  • I only perform those plastic surgeries which pass my high standards of holistic safety and efficacy.  There are many operations being performed today which I do not recommend.
  • I give you my complete YOUN Health Pre and Postop Supplement Protocol, specially designed by myself to aid you during your healing journey.  These supplements are of the highest quality and based off published, scientific studies and available nowhere else.
  • I only perform surgery in the safest locations possible – all are certified with REAL anesthesiologists.
  • I give you a tube of the top medical silicone-based scar cream to optimize your healing.
  • I give you a hardcover copy of my new best-selling book, Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon on the day of your consultation, to help further educate you during your journey to a new you.

Looking for the right plastic surgeon for you?

Holistic plastic surgery is what I do.

Helping my patients look and feel beautiful is who I am.

Thank you for considering me to be your plastic surgeon.  It would be my honor and privilege to serve you.

If you are interested in learning more about me and seeing what I do, please check out my Instagram page by clicking HERE.




Dr. Anthony Youn

America’s Holistic Plastic Surgeon®


OK, now here are the certifications, society members, and other info you’re looking for!

Dr. Youn is considered one of the nation’s best-known experts in looking younger with or without surgery. His motto is “True Beauty Is Holistic™,” and he believes all people can achieve their true beauty using a combination of holistic factors, which do not necessarily involve surgery.

For the past dozen years he has shared his tips for holistic plastic surgery on such television programs as The Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, The Doctor Oz Show, Fox and Friends, and many others.

His most recent book, Playing God: The Evolution of a Modern Surgeon, is a best-selling memoir about what it takes to become a premiere holistic surgeon in today’s wild west of medicine. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in what being a modern surgeon is really about.

His best-selling book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger, is a comprehensive, holistic guide that virtually anyone can follow to look ten years younger without going under the knife.  His national television special, The Age Fix with Dr. Anthony Youn, currently airs on public television stations across the country, inspiring millions to make simple dietary changes that can profoundly improve their health and appearance.  Dr. Youn is the host of The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show, one of the most popular alternative health and beauty podcasts in the country.

He has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the United States by Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, US News and World Report, Town and Country Magazine, Marie Claire, Askmen.com, Castle Connolly, and many others.

Dr. Youn is also the author of In Stitches, a critically acclaimed, best selling memoir about becoming a doctor. It was named a Michigan Notable Book in 2011, and was a finalist for the Books For A Better Life Award.  Dr. Youn a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has written articles for CNN.com, MindbodyGreen.com, MSNBC.com, NBCNews.com, CBS News.com and USA Today. His comments have been featured in The New York Times, US Weekly, In Touch, Life and Style Weekly, More, In Style, OK! Magazine, the National Enquirer, Star, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, and HOUR Magazine.

Dr. Youn has also been featured on Dr. 90210, Today, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, The Revolution, Huff Post Live, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Katie, Bethenny, VH1, NPR, CNN, HLN, the Fox News Channel, the O’Reilly Factor, the E! Special Celebrity Plastic Surgery, HBO’s Youth Knows No Pain, Fox 2 Detroit, NBC Channel 4 Detroit, ABC Channel 7 Detroit, and many others.

Dr. Youn has authored or co-authored several papers and scientific manuscripts on plastic surgery, including such procedures as the 3-D Volumetric Facelift and Facial Reshaping. In addition, throughout his career he has conducted scientific research on a variety of topics, extending from cosmetic surgery, to laser treatments, to reconstructive trauma surgery, to HIV medications. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for New Beauty and Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine and has lectured throughout the country.

Dr. Youn graduated as valedictorian of Greenville Senior High School, and with high honors from Kalamazoo College. He earned his doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He then completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the Grand Rapids MERC Plastic Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Youn then made the decision to move to Los Angeles, California to complete an aesthetic plastic surgery fellowship with a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. Although he could have remained a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, he decided to return home to Michigan.

YOUN Plastic Surgery is now the premiere plastic surgery practice in metro Detroit, with patients flying in from all over the country and the world to see Dr. Youn.

Dr. Youn is happily married to Amy, his wife of nearly twenty years.  He is an avid guitar player and performs with his church praise band every month.  Other interests include tennis, skiing, basketball, travel, and hiking.  Dr. Youn has two children and two rescued senior dogs, Penny and Macks.  He is very active on social media, so feel free to follow him on his Instagram account at www.instagram.com/tonyyounmd.

Society Membership


Top Doctor Awards


Hospital Affiliations

William Beaumont Hospital of Troy is a 458-bed community hospital with full inpatient and outpatient services. It has been ranked the #4 best hospital in the state of Michigan.

Publications and Research

The Instagram Ideal. Study that determines the ideal Instagram filter.

The Last Word: No Pain, No Gain? Details the many new nonsurgical antiaging treatments available today.

International Innovations: The Key to Tomorrow’s Cosmetic Success Stories? – With R. Saltz. Details cosmetic surgery innovations around the world, and how it pertains to the state of plastic surgery today.

Is the Brow Lift Back? – With H. Spinelli and P. Nassif. Introduction to a several piece article on the endoscopic brow lift with the Endotine fixation system

Less Invasive Alternatives to Standard Operations Using Fat Grafting – with R. Ellenbogen, S. Svehlak, and D. Yamini. Describes fat grafting as a low-downtime method to replace many standard, more extensive operations.

Facial Reshaping Using Less Invasive Means – with R. Ellenbogen, S. Svehlak, and D. Yamini. Changing a face which is gaunt, chubby, long, etc. to a more pleasing shape using low downtime surgery.

The Yellow Pages Plastic Surgeon. Examines the training requirements of certain medical boards, such as the Board of Plastic Surgery vs. the Board of Cosmetic Surgery

The Volumetric Facelift – with R. Ellenbogen, D. Yamini, and S. Svehlak. A way to rejuvenate the aging face using both volume and tightening.

Transcoronal Browlift Fixation – A Two-Point Dermis-to-Skull Fibrous Scar Adhesion – with R. Ellenbogen, D. Yamini, and S. Svehlak. Describes a unique method of forehead lift surgery.

White Coat Hype: Patients Attitudes Towards Plastic Surgeons Attire – With T. Higgins, B. Bengtson, and D. Leppink. Examines cosmetic plastic surgery patients’ attitudes towards how their plastic surgeon is dressed.

Nonablative Wrinkle Reduction with the 595 nm V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser – with S. Ringler. Examines the improvement in wrinkles with the V-Beam laser.

A Comparison of the Results Using Shaped/Anatomical Breast Implants Versus Round Implants in Primary Augmentation Mammaplasty – A Retrospective Review- with B. Bengtson, T. Higgins, and H. Howell. Compares breast implants of different shapes in patients undergoing breast enhancement surgery.

Using Shaped/Anatomical Breast Implants: Techniques, Tricks, and Results – with B. Bengtson. Instructions on how to best use different shaped breast implants.

Successful Replantation of a Completely Avulsed Ear by Microvascular Anastomosis – with J. Iacobucci. Reattachment of a completely severed ear using microsurgery.

The Effects of Topical Mederma on Post Reduction Mammaplasty Breast Scars – with B. Bengtson. Mederma scar cream results on breast reduction scars.

The Intestinal Permeability Studies of Three Non-Peptidic HIV Protease Inhibitors – with M. Ruwart. Studied the absorption of three HIV medications by the stomach.

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