Dr. John Little III, MD

Facial Plastic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 73
Dr. John Little III, MD
World-recognized facelift and fat-grafting expert J. William Little, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Washington, D.C. is a Harvard-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon who limits his practice to restoration of the aging face: facelift andneck lift, restoration of the aging eyes (blepharoplasty) and aging mouth, return of lost facial and eyelid volume through fat grafting, and aging skinrepair. He has famously advocated an architectural (shape-based) approach to such rejuvenation over a traditional (tension-based) one. While most plastic surgeons describe themselves as widely recognized, of course, within their personal websites–the best measures of such recognition remain the surgeon's records of scientific publications and–perhaps even more so–invited speaking engagements. Dr. Little is as well-recognized, by the way, for his expertise in fat grafting (especially to the challenging area of the eyelids), as he is for his skills in facelifting. He is among the most sought-after speakers on both topics world-wide and has delivered more than a thousand invited lectures and courses to plastic surgeons at home and abroad.


1145 19th St NW Ste 802

Washington, DC 20036

Contact Information

(202) 467-6700

Dr. John Little III, MD

Dr. John Little III, MD

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Care Philosophy


Patient safety is the absolute first priority.  Dr. Little performs surgery in a certified facility with a record of patient safety, excellent anesthesia and support services. Next, surgical safety-Dr. Little's years of expertise in facelift, and use of less-invasive surgical techniques.

2. Naturalness

Dr. Little believes that any aspect of unnaturalness in a facelift result - apparent scars, facial distortion, altered smile, vague bizarreness, is a failure; the patient's final appearance must remain natural.

3. Effectiveness

Result must be effective, lending an impression of enhanced health and vitality. The most frequent reason bringing disappointed patients to Dr. Little after prior facelift surgery is inadequate improvement of their initial aging.

4. Longevity

The result must hold up over time. While aging will continue, the overall improvement should remain for many years - when further aging does reappear, the patient should continue to appear younger and fitter.


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Dr. Little III's Experience

Dr. Little III's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aging Face


  • Facelift
  • Fat Grafting to the Face
  • Neck Lift

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • Case West Res Affil Hosps
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • Case West Res Affil Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1974
  • Miami Affil Hosps
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1977

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Little III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Little III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Little III to family and friends
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Dr. Little III's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
Washington DC |
A true expert in his field.
in Alexandria, VA |
My personal experience with Dr. Little has been nothing but positive. He does a very comprehensive evaluation, with not just initial surgery needed, but in my case additional corrective surgeries that were also needed. This was very clear to me from the beginning. The possible outcome was also very clear, hoping for the best, but the lesser attractive possibilities outlined. I am very appreciative of his honesty and his skill. I had nothing but supportive help from all staff and highly recmd
in Washington, DC |
sorry it wasn't good.I looked here 4 reviews about 2 yrs ago b4 going 2 see Dr. L & thought he looked SO good plus has a great website.But after surgery was devastating.4 U: I'd beware.Dr.Little's nice and caring but he left some bad scars and some of the work fell apart soon after surgery.but at that point Ur @ the mercy of his secretary & wife-Cathi-who doesn't care at all as long as they have Ur money.I thought he'd fix the problems,but was told I'd have to pay all over again! Wrong & mean!
We appreciate all feedback even when not so flattering. We believe every patient should look as good as they feel. That being said we know that surgery can be an overwhelming experience and understand that each patient heals at their own pace. However, it is vital patients communicate with us about any concerns so Dr. Little can address them promptly. We are here to help every step and welcome patients to reach out to us at their convenience. In the meantime, we send out our best wishes!
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The George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
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3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
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