Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Christopher Knotts, MD


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Dr. Christopher Knotts is a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, serving the Washington, DC metro area including Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Dr. Knotts received his undergraduate degree in journalism with a minor in biochemistry and honors thesis in organic chemistry. He graduated with honors, and also with the distinction of having the highest GPA in his graduating college, a perfect 4.0. While working as interim newspaper editor, his writing and photography were each awarded first place finishes at annual professional press association conferences for two consecutive years.

Dr. Knotts was then granted early admission to medical school at the University of New Mexico, and during his time there received awards for his research on facial reconstruction after gunshot wounds and was nominated for various academic distinctions and societies. A passion for cycling developed while in medical school and he completed his first 100-mile century ride.

After medical school, he was accepted into one of the most competitive surgical programs in the nation, an accelerated 5-year residency in General and Plastic Surgery. During residency he was voted to chairman of the residency council, continued publishing multiple plastic surgery articles on reconstructive surgery, and completed the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. After graduating residency, Dr. Knotts completed one of a handful of ASAPS-endorsed fellowships in Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery. During fellowship, his academic pursuits continued with articles published on arm lifting and liposuction and book chapters published on various body contouring topics, including the fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty and the bra-line back lift.

As an associate at Austin-Weston, a large private-practice group of plastic surgeons devoted to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Knotts has published articles on thigh lifting and liposuction and lectured on the topic of around-the-mouth surgery at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He placed third in his category at his first triathlon in 2015.

Dr. Knotts practice is devoted largely to cosmetic surgery. He performs surgery on the face, breast and body and also performs minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Knotts volunteers for facial trauma call several days a month and is active in the National Capital Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2015, his group practice was nominated Best of DC, Best of NoVA and Best of Virginia and received the distinction of Top 1% of practices nationwide as an Allergan Black Diamond facility.

Credentials

CURRENT HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES:

INOVA Fairfax
INOVA Fair Oaks
Reston Hospital

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

American Board of Plastic Surgery

FELLOWSHIP:

Cosmetic and Aesthetic Surgery
Hunstad-Kortesis Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Charlotte, NC

RESIDENCY:

Plastic Surgery
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM

Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Journalism
Highest Honors in College of Arts and Sciences (Biochemistry minor)
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

Logan Municipal Schools
Valedictorian
Logan, NM

LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS:

Licensed in DC, VA, NC, NM and OK

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification

DEA Controlled Substance Registration Certificate – Unrestricted 

USMLE Step 3
Pass

USMLE Step 2 CS 
Pass

USMLE Step 2 CK
Pass, 1st attempt (97%-ile)

USMLE Step 1
Pass, 1st attempt (89%-ile)

AWARDS AND HONORS:

Post-Grad Clifford C. Lardinois, Sr. Award

Overall research presentation award, Western Student Medical Research Forum   Cost Analysis of Self-Inflicted Facial Gunshot Wounds
Carmel, CA

Nominated as Clinical Skills Instructor, UNM School of Medicine

Alpha Omega Alpha nomination

UNM Faculty Award for Excellence nomination

Undergrad E.H. Shaffer Awards from New Mexico Press Association

Graduate with Highest Honors, New Mexico State University

LEADERSHIP:

ASPS Curriculum Development Committee
Member and Author- Aesthetic (Liposuction)

Teller, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting
New York City, NY

Instructor, Cynosure SmartLipo and Cellulaze Training Workshop
Charlotte, NC

Advertising Copy Writer, Freelance position
Lake Norman Magazine, North Carolina

Advertising Copy Writer, Freelance position
Charlotte Woman Magazine, North Carolina

Resident Council, Chairman
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Resident Council, Chairman
Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK

Resident Council, Plastic Surgery Representative
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Graduate Medical Education Council, Resident Member (2 total)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Nursing Shared Governance Committee, Resident Representative
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Resident Council, Vice-Chairman
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Teller, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Denver, CO

Hospital Corporation of America Annual Banquet
Resident Employee of the Year Presenter

Head Instructor, Suture Workshop for Medical Students
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Speaker, Plastic Surgery Interest Group for Medical Students
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Medical Executive Committee, Resident Representative
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Founder, Ombudsman Program for Residents
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Resident Council, General Surgery Representative
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Hospital Ethics Committee, Resident Member
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

ACADEMIC MEETINGS AND COURSES:
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons annual meeting

American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons annual meeting
New York, NY

21st Century Medical Practice (Stephen Mulholland, MD)
Charlotte, NC

Cellulaze Hands-on Workshop
Charlotte, NC

Duet Injector Training Program (Allergan)
Charlotte, NC

Cynosure SmartSkin CO2 laser resurfacing hands-on training
Charlotte, NC

Cynosure Affinity Q-Switch Laser hands-on training
Charlotte, NC

Baker Gordon Educational Symposium
Miami, FL

American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting
Denver, CO

ASMS Advanced Craniofacial Course
Denver, CO

ASMS Basic Maxillofacial Principles and Techniques
Miami, FL

ASMS Challenges in Cleft Care in Underserved Countries
Miami, FL

AO North America Craniomaxillofacial Principles Course
Boston, MA

Hand Dissection and Plating Workshop (Medhi Adham, MD)
Oklahoma City, OK

Hand Anatomy for the ER Setting (Medhi Adham, MD)
Oklahoma City, OK

Microsurgical Workshop (Yu-Chuan Pan, MD)
Oklahoma City, OK

ACADEMIC ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Avulsion Brachioplasty: Technique Overview and 5-Year Experience
Knotts CD, Kortesis BG, Hunstad JP. Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery. 2014; 133(2): 283

Safety and efficacy of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 on cranial defect closure in the pediatric population.
Beidas OE, Deschamps-Braly JC, Morgan AM, Workman MC, Knotts CD, Denny AD and El Amm, CA.
J Craniofac Surg. 2013; 24(3): 917-22

Oral Anticoagulation after Abdominoplasty: A First in Plastic Surgery
Ongoing research with Drs. Hunstad and Kortesis

Circumferential Laser-Assisted Arm Liposuction: Superior Results
Ongoing research with Drs. Hunstad and Kortesis

Liposuction Chapter, Plastic Surgery Education Network
Knotts CD
Plastic Surgery Education Network, online through ASPS.org

Circumferential Body Shaping: Appreciating the Deformity
Hunstad JP, Knotts CD, Augenstein AC
Plastic Surgery Pulse News. 2013; 5(2): 1-4

Bra Line Back Lift
Hunstad JP and Knotts CD
Chapter in Body Contouring and Liposuction by Rubin JP, Jewell ML, Richter D, Uebel CO. 2013

Fleur-de-lis Abdominoplasty and Mons Contouring
Hunstad JP, Kortesis BG and Knotts CD
Chapter in Body Contouring and Liposuction by Rubin JP, Jewell ML, Richter D, Uebel CO. 2013

A Novel Technique for Attaining Maxillomandibular Fixation in the Edentulous Mandible Fracture
Knotts CD, Workman MC, Sawan KT, El Amm CA
Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2012; (5): 007-012

Medial Upper Eyelid Approach for Type 1 NOE Fractures
Hromadka M, Knotts CD, El Amm CA
pending acceptance for publication

Management of Varicose Veins in the Massive Weight Loss Patient Undergoing Aesthetic Thigh Surgery
Knotts CD, Hromadka M, Clapper R, Sawan KT
abstract submitted to ASAPS for 2013

Midface Buttress Framework Reconstruction After Close-Range High-Energy Injury
El Amm CA, Deschamps-Braly JC, Workman MC, Knotts CD, Sawan KT
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010; 126(6):302-304e

“Mulching” Integra for Glans Penis Reconstruction: A Case Report
Knotts CD, Morgan AL, Deschamps-Braly JC, Sawan KT, El Amm CA
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010; 126(3):151-152e

Cost Analysis of Self-Inflicted Facial Gunshot Wounds
Knotts CD, Wagner JD, Baack B
J of Investig Med. 2007 Jan; 55(1):132

Cost Analysis of Self-Inflicted Facial Gunshot Wounds
Knotts CD
presentation, Western Student Medical Research Forum, Carmel, California

Equilibrium of Acid/Base Promoted Bromination of β-Ketoesters
Knotts CD
Honors Thesis, Organic Chemistry
Research and Creative Arts Symposium
Las Cruces, NM

GRAND ROUNDS / DEPARTMENTAL LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS:

Breast Reduction Indications and Complications with Dr. Hall-Findlay
Oklahoma City, OK March 8, 2012

Volar Arthroplasty and External Fixation for Dorsal PIP Dislocations
Oklahoma City, OK

Syndactyly
Oklahoma City, OK

Subungal Melanoma
Oklahoma City, OK

Sweet’s Syndrome
Oklahoma City, OK

Groin Flap for Forearm Soft Tissue Coverage
Oklahoma City, OK

Non-Invasive Workup of Peripheral Arterial Disease in Lower Extremity
Vascular Conference

Diagnosis, Treatment and Surveillance of AAA
Vascular Conference

Complications of Cimino AV Fistulas
Vascular Conference

Vermillionectomy and Reconstructive Options

Plastic Surgery Case Presentations
Role of Full-Thickness Skin Grafts in Dorsal Hand Reconstruction

Penetrating Arterial Injuries in the Forearm
Oklahoma City, OK

Distal Radius Fracture Operative Indications
Oklahoma City, OK

Gout Mimicking Extensor Tenosynovitis
Oklahoma City, OK

Brachial Artery Ligation after AV Fistula Ligation
Oklahoma City, OK

Femoral Artery Aneurysm Interventions
Oklahoma City, OK

Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Oklahoma City, OK

Lower Extremity Claudication
Oklahoma City,  OK

Critical Limb Ischemia of the Lower Extremity
Oklahoma City, OK

Foreign Bodies and Caustic Ingestion in Children
Oklahoma City, OK

Physiology and Pathology of Nutrition
Oklahoma City, OK

Transplant Immunology
Oklahoma City, OK

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

Muay Thai, volleyball, bicycling, Spanish language, acoustic guitar and backpacking

DC Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon, 2 time finisher

OKC Memorial Half Marathon, OKC Memorial Full Marathon

Amy Eskue Memorial 10k , Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k

Spin Your Wheels for The Children’s Center 100k<

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:

English (fluent)
Spanish (intermediate)

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Austin-Weston Plastic Surgeon, Christopher Knotts, M.D. believes that collaboration is beneficial to both doctor and patient. Dr. Knotts is available to answer any questions you may have in regards to cosmetic plastic surgery.

Any information in the publications, messages, postings or articles on this website should not be considered a substitute for consultation with one of our Austin-Weston plastic surgeons to address individual medical needs. Your particular facts and circumstances will determine the plastic surgery treatment which is most appropriate for you.

Though we ask for your full name on the form when you comment, we will NEVER publish your last name.

Comments(2)

  1. Marie

    I have read that, as we age, the fat pads in our upper cheeks descend. Can an older patient detect where the fat pads in his/her cheeks are now simply by looking in the mirror? If so, how? Do both fat pads descend at the same rate? How can a patient know if he/she needs a mid-facelift without consulting a plastic surgeon?

    Can your consultation with the patient be private (i.e., no one else present)?

    Do you have photographs (before and after) of mid-facelift patients of yours that can be viewed by prospective patients?

    Reply
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      Christopher Knotts, MD

      Hi Marie,

      Yes the fat pads descend with age. It is difficult to describe via text how to identify whether a patient is a good candidate for a midface lift, but you can peruse our before-and-after gallery to get an idea about achievable correction with surgery. The face does not have perfect symmetry, and thus both sides of the face will age slightly differently. This is worsened if you are prone to unilateral sun exposure (frequent driving without sunscreen and untinted windows for example).

      In order to know if you are a candidate for a midface lift, an in-person consultation and physical examination are required. The consultation is private. Those present include yourself, the consultant who takes your paperwork and discusses your desires, and then the doctor who evaluates you. The consultant will then discuss the surgeon’s availability, costs and the like. Photographs such as those seen on the website are only published with your consent.

      Hope that helps!
      CDK

      Reply

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Comments(2)

  1. Marie

    I have read that, as we age, the fat pads in our upper cheeks descend. Can an older patient detect where the fat pads in his/her cheeks are now simply by looking in the mirror? If so, how? Do both fat pads descend at the same rate? How can a patient know if he/she needs a mid-facelift without consulting a plastic surgeon?

    Can your consultation with the patient be private (i.e., no one else present)?

    Do you have photographs (before and after) of mid-facelift patients of yours that can be viewed by prospective patients?

    Reply
    •  
      Christopher Knotts, MD

      Hi Marie,

      Yes the fat pads descend with age. It is difficult to describe via text how to identify whether a patient is a good candidate for a midface lift, but you can peruse our before-and-after gallery to get an idea about achievable correction with surgery. The face does not have perfect symmetry, and thus both sides of the face will age slightly differently. This is worsened if you are prone to unilateral sun exposure (frequent driving without sunscreen and untinted windows for example).

      In order to know if you are a candidate for a midface lift, an in-person consultation and physical examination are required. The consultation is private. Those present include yourself, the consultant who takes your paperwork and discusses your desires, and then the doctor who evaluates you. The consultant will then discuss the surgeon’s availability, costs and the like. Photographs such as those seen on the website are only published with your consent.

      Hope that helps!
      CDK

      Reply

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