Author Archives for Dr. Patti Flint

Freeze, Fry or Suck?

November 1, 2018 10:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Freeze, Fry or Suck?

That is the question when it comes to stubborn unwanted fat. Most Americans would like a better physique as evidenced by the popularity of gym memberships and appointments made for various fat reduction treatments. If you have tried the diet and exercise route and are not getting the results you want, it is reasonable to assess other options. It is... Read the full post


Personalized Serums to Boost your Brightness

October 17, 2018 10:34 am Published by Comments Off on Personalized Serums to Boost your Brightness

I couldn’t be more excited to announce the addition of D.O.S.E. to my practice. My practice is the first in Arizona and one of only twenty two locations in the country to offer this exciting new technology from Skinceuticals. No, D.O.S.E. does not have to do with your caffeine order in the morning or a drug prescription. If you are... Read the full post


Liquid Facelift

September 17, 2018 11:37 am Published by Comments Off on Liquid Facelift

Women, and men in Scottsdale & Phoenix seek non-surgical options to look their best You may have heard others raving about a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure called a “Liquid Facelift”— leaving you to wonder: what exactly is a “Liquid Facelift? Board certified plastic surgeons such as myself who have the requisite training and an eye for detail can often use... Read the full post


Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

August 29, 2018 6:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) Breast implants have been available since the 1960’s and have continued to increase in popularity. Over 300,000 women in the US have cosmetic implant-based breast surgery in the US every year, and another 150,000 have reconstructive breast surgery using implants. The safety profile of these devices has been excellent. In fact, even... Read the full post


What to Consider When Considering a Breast Augmentation

July 25, 2018 12:24 am Published by Comments Off on What to Consider When Considering a Breast Augmentation

Many patients come to my practice seeking breast augmentation, and because breast implants in Scottsdale are seemingly ubiquitous, it’s often assumed that it is a “simple procedure.” Plastic surgeons simply create an incision in each breast, insert the implants, and voila! No major organs are involved, so not much can go wrong, right? Wrong. While breast augmentation may seem like... Read the full post


THE AGING FACE – What it means, and how to slow the process

July 3, 2018 11:23 pm Published by Comments Off on THE AGING FACE – What it means, and how to slow the process

THE AGING FACE – What it means, and how to slow the process Aging is unavoidable if we wish to enjoy longevity. Thankfully, how we age as it relates to the appearance of our face is controllable to a great degree. We are living in an era during which board-certified plastic surgeons have many excellent tools available to them to... Read the full post


Plastic Surgery & ASC’s

April 19, 2018 4:48 pm Published by Comments Off on Plastic Surgery & ASC’s

In my role as a plastic surgeon, I get to debunk a lot of myths. You’ve probably heard a few of them. There is such a thing as a healthy tan. (Actually, no, there isn’t) Bigger is better. (When it comes to plastic surgery, again, no) “Non-invasive” always means safe. (Yet again, no. Read my blog post on this) The... Read the full post


The Evolution of my Plastic Surgery practice in Scottsdale

March 25, 2018 8:46 pm Published by Comments Off on The Evolution of my Plastic Surgery practice in Scottsdale

I truly feel lucky to be in practice at a time when so many advancements in plastic surgery have, and continue to occur, including the advent of new techniques, technologies and treatment options that allow me to provide my patient’s better and more natural looking results. In today’s “digital age” information is literally at our fingertips, and those in the... Read the full post


Breast Implant Conundrums: How do you know which implant is right for you?

February 8, 2018 5:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Breast Implant Conundrums: How do you know which implant is right for you?

Breast augmentation was originally performed in the 1960’s. Last year over 300,000 women in the US opted to undergo the procedure. Much has changed about this operation since its development over half a century ago, not the least of which are the implants themselves. If you are considering breast augmentation and are confused about implant options, this article will provide... Read the full post


My Women in Science Scholarship

December 29, 2017 3:05 pm Published by Comments Off on My Women in Science Scholarship

Today I don’t want to talk to you about natural looking results, plastic surgery or skin care. Today I want to talk about something that most of us don’t talk about enough…kids— Girls, specifically. It’s no mystery that there aren’t a lot of women working in the hard sciences, and it’s not that they can’t or don’t want to. I... Read the full post


YOU LET WHO INJECT WHAT INTO YOUR FACE?

November 20, 2017 2:15 pm Published by Comments Off on YOU LET WHO INJECT WHAT INTO YOUR FACE?

Not a day goes by in my office when I don’t shake my head over stories I hear from patients about their experiences receiving “non-invasive” treatments to their faces. There has been an absolute explosion in patient interest in these treatments, including Botox and filler. When performed expertly the results can be truly stunning, however, when performed inexpertly disastrous consequences... Read the full post


Plastic surgery for the right reasons

October 20, 2017 12:47 am Published by Comments Off on Plastic surgery for the right reasons

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I must make sure that my patients are seeking plastic surgery for the right reasons. While aesthetic procedures are becoming more and more popular (approximately 1.7 million procedures in 2015 alone, a staggering 115% increase from 2000), that doesn’t necessarily mean cosmetic surgery is right for everyone. When a new patient comes to me for... Read the full post


Sunscreen

September 8, 2017 1:41 am Published by Comments Off on Sunscreen

I love a day at the beach as much as anyone, however, when outdoors, especially at the beach or poolside, I make using appropriate sun protection a top priority for both myself and my family. I always tell my patients the earlier they start a consistent sun and skin care regimen, the better their chances are of avoiding many reparative... Read the full post


Plastic Surgery for Men

August 22, 2017 1:59 am Published by Comments Off on Plastic Surgery for Men

In my practice I have been privileged to help women and men of all ages feel more confident about themselves through aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Generally speaking, plastic surgery patients are predominantly female, however, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery the number of men electing to have aesthetic plastic surgery has gone up nearly 90% over... Read the full post


The 3 must-haves for true transform

August 8, 2017 2:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

With so many new and emerging surgical techniques and technologies available to help restore and enhance your natural beauty, it’s easy to think that we can do less and get more. And in some cases that’s true—especially when you start early on, with proper, preventative skincare, and take measures to maintain the youthfulness and beauty you already have. However, the... Read the full post


Your Latest Option for Long-Lasting Improvement of Wrinkles: Juvéderm Vollure® XC

May 4, 2017 1:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have you heard? The FDA recently approved a new, longer-lasting filler for laugh lines, parentheses, and other moderate to severe facial wrinkles: Juvéderm Vollure® XC. While I am not one to jump on the bandwagon of “latest and greatest” products, Vollure is no fad. The latest development from the trusted Juvéderm filler family, Vollure has staying power, quite literally, and... Read the full post


Trying to Lose Weight Before a Cosmetic Procedure? Here Are Tips that Work With ANY Diet

February 7, 2017 1:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“Why should I lose weight before a mommy makeover if the procedure is supposed to give me a better body?” This is a common question I hear from patients who would like to restore a firmer, flatter tummy or lift sagging breasts following pregnancy. I understand where these patients are coming from, but the truth is that getting a “better... Read the full post


One Shot Wonder!

January 19, 2017 1:49 pm Published by 1 Comment

We have all seen advertisements and infomercials about anti-aging “miracles in a jar” or the “magical” laser that erases ten years of aging in one treatment with no downtime. I know I sound like a broken record when I suggest the old adage below, but it never ceases to amaze me how many unfortunate souls believe these claims and waste... Read the full post


The Best Way to Get Great Filler Results? Choose a Doctor Who Fully Understands Facial Anatomy.

December 28, 2016 2:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Because facial fillers are a quick, non-surgical way for a patient to reduce facial wrinkles and restore volume, many patients think performing them must be simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. As this report on a presentation made at the Facial Aesthetics New York conference reminds us, fractions of millimeters matter, and a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy... Read the full post


What Does it Mean When a Surgical Facility is Accredited?

December 1, 2016 10:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Considering having aesthetic plastic surgery? You probably know to choose a plastic surgeon with the appropriate training, experience, and board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform your procedure. But did you know that the credentials of the facility where your procedure is performed are equally important for your safety? Before you schedule surgery, make sure that... Read the full post


Visit Our New Office and Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Surgicenter All in One Location

November 7, 2016 2:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s official! My Scottsdale staff and I have moved into my new office above the brand new Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Surgicenter. This state-of-the-art, woman-centered surgery center is the first of its kind in Scottsdale; I designed it in an effort to attract the best and brightest specialty care surgeons. I think you will love our new office as well as... Read the full post


Mommy Makeover Hurdles Made Easy

October 8, 2016 9:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It is rare to meet a woman that does not wish she had her pre-childbearing body back. We all love our kids, but the impact a pregnancy or especially multiple pregnancies has on our bodies is significant, and annoyingly resistant to improvement with diet and exercise alone. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon can provide you with all... Read the full post


The One Skincare Product You Really Need

September 26, 2016 12:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The skincare industry is huge. Hundreds of products line drugstore and department store shelves, each promising to deliver more youthful, radiant skin. It can be difficult to know what you really need to keep your skin healthy, much less which products live up to their claims. While an effective anti-aging skin care program should be multifaceted and personalized to an... Read the full post


Is the Way You Sleep Making You Look Older?

September 8, 2016 10:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Do you wake up each morning to find your face marked with lines and creases from your pillow and wonder if the way you sleep is affecting your appearance? If so, you’re not the only one asking if you can get wrinkles while sleeping. Researchers have been studying the effects of sleep position on wrinkle formation, and what they found... Read the full post


Is Fat Transfer Really a Safe, Effective Option? The FDA is Wondering Too

August 11, 2016 10:13 am Published by Leave your thoughts

An increasing number of plastic surgeons and patients are turning to fat grafting as a way to treat facial aging or enhance the breasts or buttocks. More than 84,000 such procedures were performed in 2015, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The appeal is understandable. A procedure that can take unwanted fat from one area of the... Read the full post


It’s Official: Plastic Surgery Continues to Grow

July 14, 2016 4:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Every spring, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) releases statistics indicating current trends in cosmetic medicine. I am always interested to see what the numbers have to say. From the 2015 plastic surgery statistics, we learn that nearly 2 million men and women in America underwent a cosmetic surgery procedure last year; this does not count the almost... Read the full post


Don’t Put Up with that Waddle or Double Chin

July 11, 2016 5:02 pm Published by 1 Comment

There is one major change that has occurred in aesthetic plastic surgery during my career that I hear about every day in my offices. People do not want downtime. We have become a very fast-paced culture, and we all want immediate results without having to take time out for recovery. Well, who wouldn’t choose this if it were possible? There... Read the full post


Pros & Cons of Bringing a Significant Other to Your Cosmetic Consult

June 13, 2016 11:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the most commonly repeated tenets of plastic surgery is that you should do it for yourself, not to please anyone else. This leads many patients to wonder whether or not it is okay to bring a friend or spouse to a consultation. Many plastic surgeons encourage patients to bring a significant other to their consultation to serve as... Read the full post


Juvéderm Side Effects (Hint: They’re Good Ones!)

June 3, 2016 10:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For those hoping to improve the appearance of wrinkles or restore volume lost to the natural facial aging process, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are often recommended. In fact, in my practice, I solely offer fillers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid, such as Juvéderm, for their proven track record of safe, natural-looking results. Before using a new product, many patients... Read the full post


Gummy Bear Implants: Hype not Help

May 5, 2016 2:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I recently returned from the yearly American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting. I was very interested in hearing what the world’s experts had to say about their experience with textured shaped implants, commonly referred to as teardrop, anatomical, or gummy bear implants. What I heard confirmed my intuition. Don’t believe the hype This type of implant has been hyped... Read the full post


Do Your Homework Before Choosing a Plastic Surgeon: Why Board Certification Matters

April 13, 2016 2:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The popularity of plastic surgery is increasing every year, and it is more important than ever that the public knows how to find safe, experienced surgeons. As a board certified plastic surgeon dedicated to providing patients with safe, effective treatment, I cannot stress enough the importance of choosing a surgeon who is properly trained and experienced. I implore anyone considering... Read the full post


Saving Money On Revisionary Breast Surgery Could End Up Costing You More

March 16, 2016 3:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Breast augmentation is almost always ranked the number one most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the US each year. In most recent years, over 300,000 procedures have been completed. Given that, it is surprising that revision rates continue to be reported as high as 15-30%, meaning up to thirty in 100 women that have the procedure done require a second... Read the full post


Your Skin Can Glow, Even If It’s Grey Out

February 29, 2016 2:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Sun damaged skin is a common problem in Arizona. And with sun damage comes excessive pigmentation and blotchy skin color. In the past, trying to improve unsightly skin pigmentation has proven frustrating, as over-the-counter products simply didn’t work and most doctor-prescribed products came with side effects. Not to worry; help is on the way! Advancements in Pigment-Restoring Products Healthy skin... Read the full post


When it Comes to Filler and BOTOX Treatments, Make Sure the Doctor is In

February 23, 2016 2:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Being different isn’t always a bad thing, particularly when it comes to providing cosmetic treatments. I know it is very popular these days for physicians to employ “physician extenders” or “nurse injectors” to treat their patients with BOTOX and fillers. These nurses and physician assistants are often very intelligent, well-trained individuals; however, they did not go through rigorous years of... Read the full post


Announcing Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Surgicenter, Opening 2016

December 11, 2015 1:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I am pleased to announce the development of my new, state-of-the-art surgical center: Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Surgicenter. This center is being designed to provide an intimate and private setting for women and their families to obtain exceptional surgical care in various sub-specialities. We will start the construction project in December of 2016, with the surgical center scheduled to open in... Read the full post


Mommy Makeovers

October 13, 2015 12:06 pm Published by 1 Comment

Repeat after me: I cannot tighten loose tummy skin or lift my breasts with diet or exercise. While we all might say this is obvious, it is amazing how many women come to me near tears telling me how hard they have worked to recapture their pre-childbearing bodies with stringent diets and rigorous work-out schedules. Don’t get me wrong, I... Read the full post


International Study Explores Aesthetic Preferences in Breast Shape Around the World

October 2, 2015 2:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Millions of women around the world have experienced the benefits of breast augmentation surgery. While every patient’s natural anatomy, unique concerns, and desired results play a large part in choosing the perfect breast implant, a recent study shows how a surgeon’s aesthetic preferences and culture may also contribute to your final results. An international study examined what plastic surgeons from... Read the full post


Subtle Rhinoplasty

June 12, 2015 5:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job” was the fifth most common cosmetic procedure performed in the US in 2014. Close to 150,000 people chose to have the appearance of their noses altered with surgery in that calendar year. This surgery is one that I truly enjoy because it is technically challenging and yet it also allows me to... Read the full post


Understanding Your Plastic Surgery Recovery

June 2, 2015 4:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It is rare for a patient to come in for a consultation without asking, “how long will my recovery take?” You may be surprised to learn there are two different answers to this question for each patient, and both are correct. Cosmetic surgery is unique in that recovery is measured in both medical and aesthetic terms. General surgeons typically consider... Read the full post


Dr. Flint Selected as Phoenix Magazine’s 2015 Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery

May 11, 2015 5:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Another year has passed, and I have once again been selected as one of Phoenix Magazine’s 2015 Top Docs in Plastic Surgery. It is a privilege to provide my patients with top-level surgical care, and an honor to be consistently recognized by my medical colleagues. Recipients of the award are chosen through a randomized peer-review process, with upwards of 5,000... Read the full post


Five Most Common Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

April 9, 2015 6:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed, with over three hundred thousand women having the procedure again last year. With popularity comes a lot of information on the internet. Unfortunately, I repeatedly see misinformation propagated. This article is my effort to dispel some of the most common myths. Myth number one: Bigger is better when it... Read the full post


Body Lifts 101: What You Need To Know To Make An Informed Decision

March 24, 2015 9:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whether a patient loses weight through diet and exercise or via bariatric surgery, a secondary problem typically develops: loose skin. I have seen many patients frustrated by the fact that their skin is not conforming to their body’s underlying changes in shape. Why Does Skin Sag After Weight Loss? There are several medical reasons why weight loss is associated with... Read the full post


Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

March 10, 2015 6:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Dr. Patti Flint visited Sonoran Living Live to share information regarding the various options available for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. During a personal consultation, Dr. Flint works with patients to determine their specific needs and tailors a custom treatment plan. Dr. Flint’s primary goal is to achieve natural results and may recommend BOTOX®, dermal fillers, or a combination or treatments to... Read the full post