Meet Dr. Sarah SaxonFacial Plastic Surgery Specialist

Before Sarah Saxon, M.D., was a surgeon, she was an artist. “I’ve always been drawn to the aesthetics of the face,” she says. “I used to do portraits as a side job in high school and college.”

A native of Carthage, Texas, Dr. Saxon transformed her lifelong fascination into surgical expertise after pursuing specialized training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery from Boston to Japan to hone her craft and learn leading-edge techniques.

Today, she offers the full spectrum of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery services, from reconstruction after trauma to correction of congenital defects, as well as aesthetic services including Botox, scar revisions, facelifts, and everything in between.

One of her specialties is a reconstructive procedure for microtia, a congenital malformation of the ear. Dr. Saxon gets excellent results for her young patients by using rib cartilage for this procedure.

“I went to Japan to train with Dr. Satoru Nagata, the world expert in microtia reconstruction, so that I could learn to master the nuances of this difficult surgery,” she says.

Dr. Saxon is also one of nation’s few experts in facial feminization surgery, a growing practice that includes many aesthetic techniques that are of interest to both men and women, such as hairline advancement and contouring of the jaw.

“It’s a really exciting time at UT Southwestern,” she says. “Our department and our facilities are growing, and we’re increasing our collaboration with other departments. I feel like I can offer my patients a lot more here than if I were situated in a stand-alone private clinic in the community. It’s one of the beauties of being at an academic medical center.”

Dr. Saxon enjoys bringing her expertise to every procedure and every patient. Whether it’s a minor cosmetic adjustment or a major reconstructive surgery, she says, changing a person’s face has profound implications for his or her quality of life.

“Our face is the first thing people see,” she says. “It’s what identifies us – what we show to the world of who we are. I get a lot of gratification from being able to give people more confidence in how they interact with others.”