Dr. Lou Adams is a fifth generation physician who has been practicing plastic surgery in Memphis since 1985. He specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face and body. Breast surgery, both aesthetic and reconstructive also comprise a large part of his practice.
His leadership roles include serving as chief executive officer of The Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis and as Medical Director of the East Memphis Surgery Center. He serves on a national quality assurance committee for safety in the performance of surgeries in freestanding surgery centers.
Dr. Adams provides state of the art aesthetic surgery using current techniques including the use of silicone and saline breast implants, ultrasonic assisted liposuction and short scar breast reduction/lift surgery. Many of his patients come to him for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. In creating a new breast, Dr. Adams uses either breast implants or the patient's own tissue.
Dr. Adams see patients from areas throughout the broad midsouth region. He also happily accommodates patients who wish to come to Memphis for his care from outside of this region. He is very accessible to all of his patients and works to ensure they receive attentive care from their first visit through the completion of their healing. His nursing and office staff are an important part of this complete care package.
Dr. Adams is pleased to provide for his aesthetic surgery patients the CosmetAssure insurance coverage plan which helps cover unexpected expenses due to complications in the first 30 days after cosmetic surgery. He also is happy to endorse the Mentor Corporation warranty for their breast implants which covers the complications of implant failure and/ or capsular contracture during the first 10 years after implantation.
Komen Race for the Cure
Dr. Adams is one of twenty people in Memphis who have been recognized by the Komen Race for the Cure 20th anniversary as one who has contributed to the care of women with breast cancer over the past 20 years. See Article in October 2012 Memphis Magazine
Top Doctor in Memphis
Dr. Adams has been chosen as one of the top doctors in Memphis by Memphis magazine. His commitment to excellent treatment and to the care of women who have lost a breast to cancer made him an easy selection.
Health and Fitness Magazine
Dr. Adams was featured in Memphis Health and Wellness Magazine as the provider who helped a patient with a reoccurance of breast cancer and elective double mastectomy feel normal again with his plastics work. To read the full article excerpt, please click here.
Dr Adams was interviewed by the Local Fox 13 TV affiliate where he discussed Breast Cancer in women from a male surgeon’s perspective. This was part of the station’s focus on Breast Cancer awareness during the month of October, and was part of their coverage of the Komen Race For the Cure later that month.
Best Doctors in America
Dr. Adams has been elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America from 1996 - 2016. The highly regarded Best Drs. in America list, assembled by Best Drs. INC, results from exhaustive polling of over 45,000 physicians in the United States.
As a result of his years of experience with breast augmentation, Dr. Adams has been chosen by the Mentor Corporation to participate in their LEAD program. He has participated in this meeting each year from 2010 - 2015. LEAD stands for Leadership, Experience, And Development in breast augmentation. The LEAD Council is composed of board certified plastic surgeons who meet on an annual basis to share their wealth of experience and knowledge with Mentor WorldWide LLC. The objective of this meeting is to better understand the needs of the consumer so that Mentor may further enhance its products and educational programs.
Abdominoplasty is performed most commonly as part of a Mommy Makeover plan. With this procedure we sometimes include breast surgery also.
Abdominoplasty is performed to improve both the loose skin and abdominal muscle weakening which may be due to pregnancy or weight gain. Abdominoplasty surgery is not to be undertaken lightly. It can be a complex operation but it is usually the only option for returning your abdomen to its pre-baby condition. My patients are very pleased with their new figures after tummy tuck surgery. Learn more about your tummy tuck options.
An arm lift is an outpatient procedure that is often performed with other procedures, such as breast lift or liposuction. This procedure removes the hanging waddle of skin and fat from the underside of the arms. The hairline scar, which is well place under and behind the arm, is the only sign of this surgery. A natural contour of the arm results free of the hanging, waving flap of skin. Learn more about your arm lift options.
A large part of my practice is devoted to breast surgery. This is evenly divided between aesthetic breast surgery and reconstructive breast surgery.
I perform breast augmentation with implants that create breasts from a full B cup to a D cup. I use both saline and silicone implants.
The majority of my patients are seeking an augmentation that allows them to fill out the clothes they wear, not to completely change their wardrobe. I believe that if an augmentation is properly performed and sized appropriately that the patient can “dress the breasts up” with nice cleavage if so desired but can also “dress them down” for other endeavors where cleavage might not be appropriate. The worst mistake made in breast augmentation is over augmenting a breast. A breast augmentation that is disproportionately large is embarrassing, uncomfortable and possibly damaging to the breasts. Learn more about your augmentation options.
I frequently perform a breast lift with augmentation surgery. This is most frequently as a Mommy Makeover after pregnancies and breast-feeding have taken their toll. I often perform breast lift surgery also for patients who have had significant weight loss following bariatric surgery. Learn more about your lift options.
One of the most rewarding parts of my practice is my care for patients who require breast reconstruction following cancer or birth defects.
Most of my patients who require removal of a breast for the treatment of cancer can begin their breast reconstruction the same day as their mastectomy. I reconstruct breasts most commonly with breast implants but also use the patient's own tissue to help build the most attractive reconstructed breast possible.
I see many patients who require breast surgery for better symmetry of their breasts. It is not unusual for breasts to develop to different sizes. When this size difference is significant reconstructive breast surgery can create symmetry which makes dressing in clothes much more pleasant. This result can be achieved by either reducing the larger breast or augmenting the smaller breast. Learn more about your reconstruction options.
My patients who come to me for breast reduction surgery are the happiest patients in my practice. With this surgery the breasts are made considerably smaller and lifted to a more attractive position with better shape. This is a remarkably straightforward operation in most cases which requires very little recovery time. This operation changes lives and I am pleased to offer it to patients from their teenage years into their later adult years. This is very rewarding surgery for me and my patients. Learn more about your reduction options.
When performed properly, brow lift surgery can significantly rejuvenate the upper face. When performing this procedure I am very careful not to produce a surprised look to the brows, but it is extremely effective in relieving the facial appearance of anger or fatigue that is produced when the brows droop.
This surgery requires an incision at the anterior hairline or in the scalp. With this approach I can relax the forehead wrinkles and elevate the brows to a more rested and relaxed position. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with further lifting of the face itself.
Learn more about your brow lift options.
I use dermabrasion alone or as part of a facial rejuvenation package. It is the most effective procedure I have used for correction of acne scarring and for smoothing the fine wrinkles around the mouth.
There is a down time of several weeks with this procedure to allow the skin to heal and the pink color to fade. However, my patients are very pleased with the smooth appearance of the skin after dermabrasion.
Learn more about your dermabrasion options.
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a very rewarding procedure for my patients. It is most commonly performed to remove the excess fold of skin of the upper lids and to remove the bulging fat bags of the lower lids. This is a relatively simple procedure that can take years off of the appearance of the face.
For my patients I am interested in a natural result that does not change the appearance of the eyes but rather gives them a more youthful and rested appearance.
Learn more about your eyelid options.
I am pleased to offer my patients facial surgery for improvement of all parts of the face from the forehead and brows to the chin and neck. One of the most common procedures I perform is blepharoplasty surgery which rejuvenates the eyes and alleviates that tired look which concerns many of my patients in their 40s and 50s.
I also frequently perform facelift surgery which improves the cheeks, jaw line and neck. I am very adamant in my focus on facial rejuvenation that the surgery does not change the appearance of the patient so much that they are no longer recognizable. I am embarrassed about some of the aggressive facelifts that are seen in the media. The worst type of facelift result is the face that has been over operated with extreme tightening and use of fillers. Many of my patients are pleased with the relaxed but rejuvenated look that can be achieved with a well designed and executed facelift.
Face and eyelid surgery is often performed together for the Mother of the Bride practice that I have developed. These procedures certainly make one proud to be in all of those wedding pictures. Learn more about your facelift options.
Liposuction is a procedure which I use to improve many areas of the body and I also use it as an adjunct to many of the procedures I perform from facelift surgery to breast surgery to tummy tuck surgery.
It is important for my patients to understand that liposuction surgery is not a weight reduction procedure but is a sculpting procedure that can improve areas that are diet resistant and just cannot be improved any further with exercise. These areas often include the abdomen, hips, flanks and thighs. I feel that a safe and well designed liposuction procedure can reduce a patient several dress sizes and bring them to a point that they could not achieve in any other way. This is very rewarding surgery. Learn more about your liposuction options.
Memphis University School, 1970
Durham, North Carolina
B.S. Cum Laude 1974
University of Tennessee
Center for the Health Sciences, Jan. 1975 - Dec. 1977
Dallas County Hospital
Dallas County Hospital (Parkland Hospital)
University of Texas Health Sciences Center and Related Hospitals (Parkland Hospital)
Dallas, Texas, 1983-1985
American Board of Surgery – 1984
American Board of Plastic Surgery – 1986
1985 - 1987 – Practice of Plastic Surgery in Memphis with Dr. Lorenzo H. Adams
1987 - Present, Practice with The Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis
Baptist Memorial Hospital
Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare – Germantown Hospital
East Memphis Surgery Center
Medical Director, East Memphis Surgery Center
2001 National Committee of Ambulatory Center Medical Directors
Continuing Medical Education
Dr. Adams has consistently exceeded the annual requirements for continuing medical education established by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Lifetime member of the National Registry of WHO's WHO
Board of Trustees at Memphis University School
An original member of the Wings Cancer Foundation Advisory Board
"Being a great doctor is more than just being good at performing medical procedures; it’s truly caring for your patients, and no one cares more for his patients than Dr. Adams. I couldn’t imagine having traveled this journey with anyone else…Dr. Adams is truly a God-send!!!"
"Dr. Adams’ entire team is just as amazing – everyone from the front desk staff to the check-out team is very friendly, professional, and helpful. Especially his nurses Linda and Carolyn…they are the BEST!!!"
"Earlier this year I had a facelift with Dr. Lou Adams. I just wanted to say that both the people and the facilities are great. Dr. Adams answered all of my questions, made me feel totally comfortable and has a great "bedside manner". His supporting staff were all very kind and informative."
"When you are diagnosed with breast cancer and are told that you must have a double mastectomy you think your world has come to an end but then God puts a kind, compassionate doctor in your path and things look a little better...That doctor was Louis Adams."
"Dr Adams always inspires confidence and both he and his team provide a first class service from start to finish. I would not hesitate in recommending him and have done so several times."
"Dr. Adams, thank you so very much for caring for breast cancer patients the way you have in the past, currently do, and by the grace of God, will continue to do in the future. We need you."