Laura T. Hetzler, M.D., FACS
Dr. Laura Hetzler is dual board-certified in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Hetzler is a native of Opelousas, LA. She received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and subsequently completed a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Hetzler then pursued advanced training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by completing a fellowship at University of California, Davis in Sacramento, CA. She joined our faculty after completion of her fellowship in June 2010.
Dr. Hetzler’s practice is based out of Baton Rouge at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Dr. Hetzler manages a variety of reconstructive and facial aesthetic concerns. These include extensive skin cancer reconstructions of the head, neck and face as well as victims of facial trauma. Dr. Hetzler currently serves on the Head & Neck and Skin & Soft Tissue Multidisciplinary Care Team (MDC) at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.
Clinical interests also include facial reanimation for individuals suffering from facial paralysis. Surgical management of these patients include direct nerve repairs, nerve grafting, cranial nerve transposition techniques as well as free tissue transfer for long-standing facial paralysis.
Dr Hetzler’s practice also includes facial rejuvenation surgery including rhinoplasty, facelifts and eyelid surgery. Her office in the Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery also offers minimally invasive procedures including fillers and chemodenervation (Botox and Dysport).
Dr. Hetzler’s research interests include facial nerve recovery and reanimation as well as speech results following cleft surgery.
Dr. Hetzler avidly participates in humanitarian missions around the world including China, South and Central America for cleft lip and palate surgical teams. Dr. Hetzler is the founder and director of the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Cleft Team.