Benefits of Having Your Surgery in an Ambulatory Surgical Center

April 26, 2022 8:20 pm Published by

When many people think about surgery, they picture it happening in a hospital setting. However, since 1970 when the first ambulatory surgical center (ASC) was opened, more and more patients (and surgeons) have been enjoying the benefits of standalone surgical centers over hospitals. I am one of them! I opened my Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Surgical (MRS) center in 2017. Conveniently... Read the full post


March 29, 2020 3:04 pm Published by

I am a firm believer in the benefits of free speech, but as it relates to science, I do believe authors should have to provide a scintilla of evidence that what they are professing to be true is based in scientific fact. Alas the internet does not have any such requirements, and as such, I am seeing more and more... Read the full post

Breast Implant Illness…Does It Exist?

November 6, 2019 4:56 pm Published by

The lay press is at it again, whipping up fear and anxiety amongst women with breast implants regarding the possibility of various illnesses that they feel are related to breast implants.  Plastic surgeons are scientists and therefore rely on scientific data to determine risks and potential negative outcomes of the procedures we do and the devices we use.  I feel... Read the full post

Plastic Surgery & ASC’s

April 19, 2018 4:48 pm Published by

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

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


November 20, 2017 2:15 pm Published by

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 Men

August 22, 2017 1:59 am Published by

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

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

May 4, 2017 1:14 pm Published by

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

“Bigger isn’t Better” Applies to Lips too!

April 24, 2017 4:34 pm Published by

Many women would like their lips to look better, less wrinkled, and more attractive. Some want and could benefit from more volume, but have you ever wondered why some women seem to think their lips look better when they are so big they don’t even look like lips anymore? I certainly have. I am not able to answer that exact... Read the full post

What Does it Mean When a Surgical Facility is Accredited?

December 1, 2016 10:59 am Published by

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

Mommy Makeover Hurdles Made Easy

October 8, 2016 9:25 am Published by

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

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

April 13, 2016 2:40 pm Published by

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

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

Announcing Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Surgicenter, Opening 2016

December 11, 2015 1:59 pm Published by

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

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

Announcing the 2015 Dr. Patti Flint Women in Science Scholarship

September 1, 2015 5:51 pm Published by

We are thrilled to announce the first annual Dr. Patti Flint Women in Science Scholarship. Open to female students in Arizona interested in a career in medicine or natural science, the Dr. Patti Flint Women in Science Scholarship aims to support women pursuing education in a traditionally male-dominated field. “As a female plastic surgeon, I understand not only the challenges... Read the full post

Dr. Flint Achieves Allergan’s Black Diamond Status

July 15, 2015 8:47 pm Published by

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patti Flint recently earned Black Diamond Status from Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®, Juvéderm®, Natrelle breast implants, and a variety of other cosmetic products and treatments. Black Diamond Status indicates that the practice is now in the top 1% of Allergan providers nationwide. Dr. Flint and her team are proud of this accomplishment and grateful... Read the full post

Subtle Rhinoplasty

June 12, 2015 5:24 pm Published by

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

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

Five Most Common Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

April 9, 2015 6:58 pm Published by

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


January 13, 2015 11:24 pm Published by

I hear this comment frequently in my office. Patients are bothered when their neck skin forsakes them and starts heading toward their chest. Most patients want the most effective way to tighten their neck skin, but want minimal down time. These are laudable goals, but being realistic is vitally important to obtaining a result that you will be happy with... Read the full post

Dr. Flint Featured on Sonoran Living Live

December 30, 2014 2:58 pm Published by

Dr. Flint is sharing her plastic surgery expertise with local Arizona viewers in an ongoing series of articles and video segments for ABC 15’s Sonoran Living Live. The series will provide insight into some of the most common cosmetic procedures. During her first segment, Dr. Flint discussed how facial rejuvenation can be personalized to suit the unique anatomy and goals... Read the full post

Dr. Patti Flint Named Top 10 Doctor in Arizona

November 19, 2014 11:48 am Published by

Dr. Patti Flint is pleased to announce that she was recently recognized by Vitals as a Top 10 Doctor in Arizona. She is honored by this recognition and thankful to her patients, whose willingness to share their positive experiences made this achievement possible. Every year, compiles patient-provided review, rating, and feedback data from their directory and ranks the top... Read the full post

Medical Tourism is Putting Scottsdale on the Map

October 24, 2014 9:17 pm Published by

Traveling away from home to receive plastic surgery, also known as “medical tourism,” is becoming a popular choice for patients looking for a specific procedure, qualified surgeon, or additional privacy. For patients traveling to or within the United States, medical tourism can be a safe, rewarding, and successful experience. Recently, Scottsdale has been getting attention as a prime location for... Read the full post

Breast Implant Problems?

September 24, 2014 4:23 pm Published by

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular aesthetic plastic surgeries performed. I have personally performed over three thousand implant based breast surgeries in my career. Many women considering the procedure are concerned about needing additional operations down the road after breast augmentation. I feel that if the original surgery is done properly with appropriate choice of implant size and... Read the full post

Getting to Know Dr. Flint Outside the Office

August 4, 2014 9:05 pm Published by

Have you ever wondered what a plastic surgeon is like outside of the operating room? It turns out Dr. Flint is not only a dedicated plastic surgeon, she is also a fan of hip-hop music, worked in fast food as a teen (who among us didn’t), and once owned the “Green Slime Machine.” Keep reading to find out more about... Read the full post

I Can’t Wait To Try on Swimsuits!

July 7, 2014 4:57 pm Published by

I would venture to guess that only a small minority of people I know would make that statement. Most of us have a few areas on our bodies that in spite of a balanced diet and an exercise program stubbornly are more prominent than we would like. Thankfully, liposuction offers an effective and safe option to improve the appearance of... Read the full post

NO, I am not pregnant!

April 16, 2014 7:56 pm Published by

If you are past the point of desiring or being capable of another pregnancy, it is more than a little annoying to continue looking pregnant. For some who have never been pregnant, genetics alone can lead to a protuberant or “pot belly” appearance. Not to worry, there is help available! Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck can make an... Read the full post


February 13, 2014 6:35 pm Published by

I have been in practice long enough now that I have seen quite a few plastic surgery fads come and go. On the other hand, there are some very beneficial surgical innovations that have occurred. In fact, there are very few procedures that I perform the same way I did when I started practice in 1996! I am excited to... Read the full post


October 7, 2013 4:55 pm Published by

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the world. Over three-hundred thousand women in the US undergo this surgery every year. For over five decades now, there have been multiple generations of different types of breast implants and there have been multiple different techniques used for implant placement. Each new implant and different placement techniques... Read the full post