Dr Michael Thornton | Cosmetic Surgeon in Mansfield Texas
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Michael L. Thornton, D.O., FACOS

Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery providing you with an advanced array of surgical procedures in facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, body contouring surgery, post-bariatric after weight loss surgery, and skin rejuvenation.

Growing up in Texas, Dr. Thornton received his premedical Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and received his Medical degree from the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He completed his comprehensive five-year general surgery residency through Michigan State University affiliated hospitals at McLaren Macomb Medical Center in Mount Clemens, MI, then completed an additional one-year fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Surgery at the  internationally recognized R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where he acquired extensive knowledge in the management and reconstruction of complex traumatic injuries.

Following a creative and artistic passion, Dr. Thornton furthered his surgical expertise by completing an additional, 12-month advanced fellowship in Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery, accredited and recognized by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, where he gained concentrated knowledge in all major areas of cosmetic surgery including facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty, cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction, body contouring surgery, non-surgical aesthetics, skin care rejuvenation, and laser medicine.

Dr. Thornton is a dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), which is the only writtenAmerican Board Cosmetic Surgery and oral American certifying board that tests patient safety, general knowledge, and surgical experience exclusively in the field of Cosmetic Surgery, and he is currently serving his third term as an oral board examiner for the ABCS.  In addition, he is  board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care / Trauma Surgery.

Because of Dr. Thornton’s surgical dedication, he has been bestowed two esteemed honors as both Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS) and as Fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS). In addition, he has 15-years of combined surgical training and operative experience and has been named “Top Doc” in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, in the specialty of Cosmetic Surgery.

In addition to the practice of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Thornton specializes in performing complex abdominal hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction through advanced techniques in acellular dermal matrix (Strattice / Alloderm) and component separation, as well as performing minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and various general surgery procedures his patients may encounter.  Dr. Thornton has active staff surgical privileges at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield, and Medical Center of Arlington, and courtesy privileges at Baylor All Saints in Fort Worth.

Dr. Thornton is a talented and compassionate cosmetic surgeon and his philosophy is for you to achieve a natural and imperceptible result that focuses on your specific goals, while carefully attempting to minimize any scars. He believes your cosmetic surgery is only successful when you are happy and pleased!


Education & Surgical Training

  • B.A., Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • D.O., University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ft. Worth, TX (1993-1997)
  • ResidencyGeneral Surgery, Michigan State University Affiliated Hospitals; McLaren Macomb Medical Center, Mount Clemens, MI (1997 – 2002)
  • FellowshipSurgical Critical Care / Trauma Surgery, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (2002 – 2003)
  • Fellowship: General Cosmetic Surgery, Accredited fellowship program – American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery at English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center, Little Rock, AR (2007)

Active Board Certifications

  • Cosmetic Surgery: ABCS – American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (Certification 2009)
  • General Surgery: AOBS – American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (Certification 2004, Recertification 2014)
  • Surgical Critical Care: AOBS – American Osteopathic Board of Surgery CAQ (Certification 2005)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS)
  • Texas Cosmetic Surgical Society (TCSS) – Member, Board of Trustees
  • American Board of Cosmetic Surgery – Oral Board Examiner
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • Tarrant County Medical Society (TCMS)

Hospital Affiliations / Surgical Privileges

  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
  • Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield
  • Medical Center of Arlington
  • Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

What is Cosmetic Surgery?
Choosing your Cosmetic Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery is a distinct subspecialty surgery that uniquely restricts itself to the enhancement of appearance through surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic techniques. It is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance, restoring it, or enhancing it.

Cosmetic surgery is a multi-disciplinary approach directed to all areas of the face, neck, breast, and body. The educational profile of this surgical subspecialty is unique in that first begins with a fully trained surgeon. Cosmetic surgery as a subspecialty incorporates surgical knowledge from many contributing disciplines to attain a high level of skill and surgical knowledge. These contributing disciplines include dermatologic surgery, otolaryngology facial plastic surgery, general surgery, plastic/reconstructive surgery, oculoplastic surgery, oral-maxillofacial surgery and others.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a professional medical and surgical society whose members are dedicated to education in cosmetic surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is the accrediting organization for the current 17 Fellowship programs in cosmetic surgery. Founded in 1985, there are now over 2000 members. Dr. Thornton is a current Fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS).

What does it mean if a surgeon is “board certified”?

Being a “board certified” surgeon means that an individual has successfully completed an approved surgical residency training program and a rigorous written and oral evaluation process designed to assess the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide quality patient care in a particular surgical specialty or subspecialty.  In the case of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) is the only American board that certifies physicians exclusively in the field of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Michael Thornton is Board Certified in three separate specialty areas: 1)  Cosmetic Surgery, 2)  General Surgery, and 3) Surgical Critical Care / Trauma.  It is advisable to seek a surgeon who is board certified in their respective specialty or sub-specialty.

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

American Board Cosmetic SurgeryThe American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is the only written and oral certifying board specifically devoted to examining a surgeon’s skill exclusively in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, body, cosmetic dermatology, cosmetic surgical principles, and patient safety.  It is an independent sub-specialty board that examines and certifies surgeons who are already board certified from well qualified disciplines including  facial plastic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, oculoplastic surgery, and oral-maxillofacial surgery.

Dr. Michael Thornton is board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and is currently serving his third term as an oral board examiner whereby he actively participates in the oral examination process for future diplomate candidates.