Meet Dr. Barrera

A Journey Through Transformation

Life shifts in an instant.

When he was 16 years old, Dr. Jose Barrera was a high-achieving high-school student, working diligently to gain an education and make his immigrant parents proud. Then a horrendous car accident thrust him into the world of medicine. He hit a median in his beat-up, old Chevrolet and went face-first through the windshield. To most, this experience would be all bad, but it was the painful journey through the healing process after facial trauma that transformed Dr. Barrera’s interest from engineering to medicine. 

Even the first step of applying to medical programs required a lot of hard work. To become one of the topic plastic surgeons in San Antonio, Dr. Barrera would eventually train at many top universities and medical schools, traveling the world as he built his impeccable skill set. Dr. Barrera knows that while his efforts were essential to the process, so was the grace of God. He is proud to be an embodiment of the American dream, coming from very little to achieve renown in his field of Facial Plastic Surgery.

An Airman Through and Through

As equal to Dr. Barrera’s love of medicine is his passion for his country. He immigrated to the United States as a young child with his mother. As his family struggled to learn English and build a new life, they never forgot the blessings of their new country. From a young age, Dr. Barrera wanted to give back to the country that had shaped and blessed his life so dramatically.

After graduating, he decided to pursue a military career, both as a way to serve his country and obtain his medical education. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving first as an enlisted member, then as a cadet, and finally as a medical officer and surgeon. Dr. Barrera has enjoyed a 30-year decorated career in the Air Force. He continues to serve as a reservist and professor with the Uniformed Services University. He is proud to be a citizen airman and a plastic surgeon at the Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery.

The Air Force values are deeply instilled in Dr. Barrera and he’s built his practice to embody those values and empower his patients. Dr. Barrera believes in:

  • Service before self
  • Integrity first
  • Excellence in all we do

You’ll see these values in action as you meet with Dr. Barrera and plan your personal transformation. Dr. Barrera’s friendly, down-to-earth demeanor puts patients at ease immediately. His credentials and skill combined with his eagerness to demystify all steps involved in each transformation ensure all surgeries are positive experiences.

Training in the United States and Abroad

Dr. Barrera has achieved triple board-certification in both Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Sleep Medicine and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is currently undergoing the process of recertification in Otolaryngology. Once that step is complete, he will be one of the few triple-board-certified surgeons in the United States.

His military career took him around the world, introducing him to new cultures and ideas. At the time, some of these journeys felt like a detour to his ultimate career goal of becoming a facial plastic surgeon, but as he diligently served his country, he quickly realized that the training and experience he was receiving would expose him to a wide variety of challenging cases that would only enrich his medical knowledge and increase his skills. He has been recognized as a Master Surgeon by the Uniformed Services University in Washington, D.C.,  Surgeon of the Year by the Pacific Air Force, as well as the Top Researcher by the Department of Defense as well as George Washington University. Elected by his peers and patients, Dr. Barrera has been a SuperDoctors from 2014 – 2019, and Top 100 Cosmetic Influencers in the United States by Realself.com.

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

The hallmark of Dr. Barrera’s practice, the Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery, is its multi-disciplinary approach.  Dr. Barrera transforms lives and changes futures by helping his patients address challenges in the head and neck area. He can repair facial trauma and damage, highlight and enhance natural beauty, and correct sleep problems and airway obstructions.

Dr. Barrera likes to say that he creates masterpieces. Each patient is unique, with their own goals for improving the way they look and feel. Like a sculptor or artist, Dr. Barrera builds from the foundation he is given, improving the baseline and enhancing the lives and beauty of the patients he works with.

As a dedicated airman, a talented surgeon, and the creator of transformations for men and women throughout San Antonio, Dr. Barrera offers a unique skillset with a compassionate approach. Come into his practice at the Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery. Contact us to schedule your consultation.

Dr. Barrera is an avid competitor in triathlons and Ironman.