Episode 182

30+ Years as a Facial Plastic Surgeon and Entrepreneur

by Business of Aesthetics | April 25, 2024

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In today’s episode, we’re privileged to host Dr. Edwin Williams, a distinguished figure with over three decades of experience as a facial plastic surgeon and entrepreneur.

Dr. Williams brings his wisdom and passion to the conversation, having dedicated his career to upholding the highest standards of care in the aesthetics industry.

As the founder of Alpha Academy, Dr. Williams is at the forefront of efforts to standardize training protocols and advance the field through objective education.

In this episode, he discusses the importance of maintaining quality in an era marked by the increase of non-surgical med spas and the need for practitioners to prioritize evidence-based practices over financial incentives.

He also explores setting boundaries, maintaining fairness, and grappling with the challenges of financial stress and imposter syndrome.

Tune in to discover how Dr. Williams’ journey as a facial plastic surgeon and entrepreneur can inspire and inform your professional growth in the world of aesthetics.

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Key Highlights

  • 00:03:12 -Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive outlook even in the face of negativity.
  • 00:18:00 -Discusses the challenge of maintaining fairness.
  • 00:24.00 -Explains that without firsthand experience, it is impossible to fully grasp the risks involved.
  • 00:35.30 -Explores the topic of fellowships.

Links: Dr. Edwin Williams III

Website: www.dredwinwilliams.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/edwin.williams.md/

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/edwin-williams-iii-md-facs-8778a243

Email address: ewilliams@williamssurgery.com


Dana Zeitler

Dr. Lauren Umstattd is a highly regarded and board-certified plastic surgeon based in Leawood, Kansas. Her professional journey commenced during her residency in Otolaryngology, a specialized field focused on diagnosing and treating disorders related to the ears, nose, and throat. It was during this pivotal period that Dr. Umstattd discovered her profound passion for plastic surgery and the profound impact it can have on improving patients’ lives.

Driven by her keen interest in aesthetics, particularly in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Umstattd dedicated herself to mastering the intricate anatomy of the head and neck. Her unwavering commitment to understanding the nuanced complexities of facial features and her exceptional surgical skills have established her as an esteemed expert in the field.

As a respected plastic surgeon, Dr. Lauren Umstattd has garnered recognition for her exemplary work in facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, facelifts, and other cosmetic procedures. However, her dedication to her patients extends far beyond surgical excellence. Dr. Umstattd also advocates for women, empowering them to make informed decisions about their appearance and overall well-being.



Dr. Edwin Williams is a distinguished academic physician, double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. With extensive clinical expertise dating back to 1993, he established the renowned Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists, focusing primarily on Facial Rejuvenation and Rhinoplasty. As the founding member, primary shareholder, and managing partner, he oversees a thriving practice housed in a 21,000 square foot facility, complete with a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Williams has nurtured the growth of his practice, which now includes several associates, partners, and a dedicated staff of over 75 professionals. Notably, he recently expanded his practice with the acquisition of Saratoga Hair Transplant Center.

A leader in his field, Dr. Williams is a sought-after presenter at national and international conferences. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery for more than a decade, culminating in his presidency from 2015 to 2016. Consistently recognized for his excellence, Dr. Williams has received the Castle Connelly Top Doctors award in New York for Facial Plastic Surgery from 2016 to 2019. Beyond his clinical practice, he is an active member of the Entrepreneur Organization, sharing his expertise through speaking engagements at medical associations and authoring textbooks, chapters, and numerous articles in esteemed industry journals.

Dr. Williams is deeply committed to medical education, serving as a dedicated educator at Albany Medical Center, where he teaches facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to resident doctors. With over 20 years of experience as a Fellowship Director in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he has mentored countless physicians throughout his illustrious career. Recognizing his contributions to medical teaching, Dr. Williams has been honored with the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award. He holds the esteemed academic appointment of Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at Albany Medical Center.


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