Get to know the multifaceted Dr. Louis DeJoseph, who leads the successful team at the state-of-the-art Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Atlanta. 6085 Barfield Road, Ste. 100, Atlanta, premierimage.com
Outside of the operating room, Dr. DeJoseph unwinds by getting outdoors and on the water. Photographed by Patrick Heagney
Dr. Louis DeJoseph prides himself on being a true specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery who exceeds his patients’ expectations every day. However, transforming lives is just part of this passionate surgeon’s fascinating life. Here, the Atlantan chats about his love for adventure and the outdoors, his role model and what drives him to excel in everything he does.
Where are you from originally, and what attracted you to Atlanta?
I am originally from northeast Pennsylvania where they get entirely too much snow! [laughs] I came to Atlanta for my plastic surgery training and never left . I fell in love with the South, the people and the weather.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I guess you could say I grew up in a medical family. My father was a cardiologist and my mother a nurse, so conversations at the dinner table were usually about something medical. As a child in my small hometown, my father would take me on rounds in the hospital on Saturdays and I’d carry his charts. I loved the impact he had on his patients, from his bedside manner to getting them back to health. So, I set my sights on medical school and was exposed to plastic surgery early on. I was amazed at what these surgeons did. Their ability to put someone back together after an accident or make their outside match their inside was incredible to me. The rest is history as they say!
What motivates you?
What motivates me are the relationships I develop with my patients and the opportunity to match someone’s outer appearance to complement their heart, soul and inner youth. It is rewarding each day to watch people shine when they have the self-confidence to do so. The other is having the honor to be a fellowship director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which provides me the opportunity to train and mentor young facial plastic surgeons who share the same passion. It’s an incredible feeling to see them succeed with the skills you passed on to them.
Dr. DeJoseph on the bank of the Chattahoochee River. Photo by Patrick Heagney
Who is someone you admire and why?
Ayrton Senna. You may not be familiar with him, but he was arguably the greatest Formula One racing driver of all time. What I admired about him was he never stopped trying to be better even after he achieved so much. That’s a trait I always try to emulate in both my personal and professional life every day.
Where does your love of the outdoors stem from?
That comes from my father. He always made time growing up to take me fly-fishing. We literally learned it together from start to finish. It definitely had an impact on me and has shaped my love of the outdoors.
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Racing shift er go-karts for many years. It was one of my favorite things to do. It is technical, physical and intellectual to go fast consistently lap after lap. I loved it.
What does a perfect weekend look like for you?
A perfect weekend is a long weekend! Usually a trip to North Georgia in my truck with my fishing gear to a cabin. I love Lake Blue Ridge and Lake Burton. There is something about the calm of the water in the mornings that really is wonderful. As far as activities, it would be an afternoon of fly-fishing and then relaxing on a cabin porch with a smooth bourbon at the end of the day.
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Highly skilled and people-oriented facial plastic surgeon Dr. Louis DeJoseph pulls back the curtain to reveal his daily schedule, from his wake-up routine to the show he’s currently streaming.
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“I’m usually up at 6AM every day. I let the dogs out, brew some coffee, and head into the office or surgery.”
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“I get to the office by 7:15AM and I look at my scheduled patients to plan for the day. Then I try and answer some of the 50 or so emails I get every day.”
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“I usually head to lunch with my partner, Dr. Daraei, and our facial plastic surgery fellow at Food Terminal in Sandy Springs.”
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“It’s back to the office for the rest of the afternoon. I enjoy the challenge of listening to what people’s concerns are about their appearance and then formulating a plan to get them there. Sounds cliche, but it really is a wonderful job. And then seeing the smile after the final results is priceless for me.”
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“The Alden in Chamblee is my absolute favorite place for dinner. Close second is Surina Thai.”
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“I work out every day before I head home. I have a Peloton and a Tonal in my office. Can’t be without either of them.”
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“At the end of the day, I watch some of my favorites on Netflix. I’ve been bingeing a bit on Entourage lately [on HBO Max]. A bit old-school but it’s entertaining. All too soon it’s morning and the day begins again.”
“I’ve been fly-fishing since age 7 and used to instruct fly-casting and tying flies since fourth grade,” reveals Dr. Louis DeJoseph, who escapes to the water every chance he gets. Here, the active Atlantan shares how to tackle the great outdoors in style this summer with his roundup of essentials.
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