Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Dr. Tyler J. McElwee is a Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. He routinely performs deep plane facelifts and neck lifts, rhinoplasties, upper and lower blepharoplasties, facial fat grafting, lip lifts, buccal fat reduction, and a host of other facial rejuvenating and reconstructive procedures. He stays up to date on the most state-of-the-art techniques to give his patients the best and longest-lasting results. He also specializes in non-surgical procedures including the innovative use of injectables (including Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and filler products), laser skin resurfacing, hair restoration, and many others.

Early Life and Education

Originally from New Orleans, he became a Texan in high school and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in Biology. He then obtained his doctorate in medicine at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine, where he was awarded a scholarship for academic excellence.

Dr. McElwee completed his rigorous surgical training as an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery resident at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Here he participated in numerous research endeavors and authored many peer-reviewed publications. He has been invited to speak at both national and international meetings. It was during his residency reconstructing head and neck cancer defects that he developed a passion for facial plastic surgery, as he loved restoring these patients’ self-esteem and giving them “their face” back.


After residency, Dr. McElwee was then selected for a highly coveted fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with world-renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Louis DeJoseph in Atlanta, GA. Here he focused on cosmetic procedures of the face, nose, neck, eyes, and scalp. His fellowship training allowed him to perfect his skills in face and neck lifts, rhinoplasties, ocular rejuvenation, and many other surgical and non-surgical procedures in facial plastics. In his surgical training, he has performed thousands of surgeries on the head, face, and neck.

Dr. McElwee’s passion for facial plastic surgery is founded in his commitment to the care of his patients, meticulous attention to detail, and combining the artistry of aesthetics with the scientific rigor in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He aims to create natural results that leave his patients feeling confident in the face they show the world. His philosophy is that self-esteem and confidence are cornerstones for socialization and interpersonal relationships. He approaches every patient with the goal of tailoring care to their specific wants and needs. His goal is to provide an incredibly natural rejuvenation of the face and therefore consistently yield beautiful results. He believes that these procedures are large commitments for patients, and he seeks to honor that with a high level of commitment to his patients.

He is an active member of multiple academic societies including the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Personal Life

In his personal life, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, wife, and their dog, Apollo. He enjoys playing tennis, cooking, traveling, sports, and a variety of outdoor activities including hiking in national parks.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 2020 – McElwee T, Poche N, Sowder J, Hetzler L. Management of Acute Facial Nerve Paralysis and Parotid Injuries. Dec 2020. Facial Plastic Surgery.
  • 2018 – Prasanth Pattisapu, Malia Gresham, Tyler McElwee, Jeffrey Vrabec, Matthew Carlson, Alex Sweeny. Facial Nerve Trauma: A Call for Minimum Reporting Guidelines. April 2018. Otology & Neurotology.
  • 2017 – Yi-Chun L, McElwee T, Musso M, Rosenberg T, Ongkasuwan J. The reliability of flexible nasolaryngoscopy in the identification of vocal fold movement impairment in young infants. Sept 2017. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.
  • 2016 – Yi-Chun L, McElwee T. 2016. Choanal atresia repair. CSurgeries. [accessed 2016 February 20]. https://csurgeries.com/video/Choanal-Atresia-Repair/
  • 2015 – Yi-Chun L, McElwee T. 2016. Bilateral dacryocystocele resection. CSurgeries. [accessed 2016 February 20]. http://www.csurgeries.com/video/bilateral-dacryocystoceles-resection/

Presentations (Local/International)

  • 2022 – McElwee, T. Hetzler, L. Anatomic Considerations of Perinasal Musculature for Improved Dental Show During Smile in Facial Synkinesis. International Facial Nerve Symposium April 2022 (Virtual)
  • 2020 – McElwee T, Mankekar G, Sevy A. Force Feedback in a Middle Ear Surgery Simulator. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Otolaryngology September 2020 (Virtual)
  • 2020 – McElwee T, Dunham M, McWhorter A, Xu J, Li Z, Li Z. Optical Biopsy of Vocal Fold Lesions: Delivery Systems and Validation for Raman Spectroscopy during Flexible Fiberoptic and Rigid Telescopic Laryngoscopy. Poster presented at Louisiana State University Resident Research Day 2020 (Virtual)
  • 2016 – McElwee T, Mills J, Lapointe B, Pisimisis G, Barshes N, Chung J, Kougias P. Natural history of aneurysm neck size progression after endovascular repair of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm. Presented at the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery 2016 (Cancun)
  • 2016 – Yi-Chun L, McElwee T, Musso M, Rosenberg T, Onkasuwan J. The Reliability of Flexible Nasolaryngoscopy in the Identification of Vocal Fold Movement Impairment in Young Infants. Poster presentation at Baylor Resident Research Day 2016 (Houston)

Doctor Credentials


  • M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, Summa Cum Laude


  • Fellowship, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Louis DeJoseph, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Residency, Head & Neck Surgery, Louisiana State University, Dept. Otolaryngology


  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery