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Dr. Burns is in private practice with a renowned internationally respected group of plastic surgeons at The Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute and is well trained in all aspects of plastic and cosmetic surgery. His goal is to create natural beauty without making a person appear unnatural or “fake.” He believes that a person’s natural beauty should be enhanced, not altered. Dr. Burns believes in achieving the finest possible result with the least risk. He insists on using only physician anesthesiologists and operates in an onsite and fully accredited surgery center, the Dallas Day Surgery Center, or at Baylor University Medical Center. As the first plastic surgeon in the United States to complete a fellowship in laser surgery, Dr. John Burns brings a unique and unmatched expertise in facial rejuvenation.


Dr. Burns is a Clinical Instructor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is in private practice with a renowned group of plastic surgeons at The Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. Dr. Burns was raised in Dallas and graduated from Highland Park High School. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.


Dr. Burns completed his medical training at the University of Texas Medical Branch graduating summa cum laude from the research honors program. As one of the top students, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society. He stayed at the University of Texas Medical Branch where he completed a residency in Plastic Surgery. In addition, he completed training in micro-vascular surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and cosmetic surgery in Miami, Florida. Dr. Burns completed a fellowship in laser surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His leadership in the field is evidenced by the numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters he has published on the subject of plastic and laser surgery. Dr. Burns is a frequent speaker at national meetings and is active in clinical research studies focusing on new laser technology

“My experience with Dr. Burns has been exceptional from start to finish. He and his team – from the office staff to the surgical staff – are genuinely kind, warm and always make me feel welcome. I had a tummy tuck and liposuction of the flanks. I didn’t consider myself a simple case, as I had extra skin from a significant amount of weight loss, but Dr. Burns put me at ease about my concerns….” – YCandy

“I loved it! The staff and dr burns are extremely professional and caring! If you have a question before and after surgery you can call them and they will not be bothered. He gave me confidence again!!” – Joselyn

“He did an amazing job! Quick and easy. Was informed about my results and very satisfied!!! Cannot wait to go back!” – Shana

“Dr. Burns was very kind, and always greeted me with a smile and hand shake. Dr. Burns was the only doctor that had replied to me on the Zwivel website and had his office staff call me at home to make a consultation appointment within a few days of me talking to him. I would recommend Dr. Burns to anyone!” – rachelrocka

“Dr. John L. Burns professional informative patient gives you his opinion and options nice person cares for his patients makes me feel pretty” – karlaakillz