Dr. Richard Parfitt is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon with an eye for balance, proportion, and beauty. With the skills of an artist, Dr. Parfitt has helped over thousands of women and men in Wisconsin and across the country to attain the rejuvenation appearance they have always wanted.
Dr. Parfitt is a Wisconsin native, who received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After medical school, Dr. Parfitt completed the most rigorous surgical residence program for Otolaryngology within the military and completed his military service of an additional two years in Okinawa, Japan. Dr. Parfitt continued his training with a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Fellowship in Beverly Hills, California, where he trained with some of the top names in facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Parfitt is one of only a handful of plastic surgeons in Madison and Appleton who devotes his practice exclusively to cosmetic surgery the face, head and neck. He is considered Wisconsin’s specialist in rhinoplasty (nose job), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelift surgery. Dr. Parfitt has been in private practice since 1996 and has over 20 years of experience of cosmetic facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Parfitt is board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The best Board-certified specialty in which to train for cosmetic surgery of the face is Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, since this specialty requires at least 4 years of intense surgical training ONLY in the head and neck region. Because of this specialized training, otolaryngologists, who sub-specialize in facial plastic surgery, perform the majority of elective facial cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. Due to his extensive experience in cosmetic facial plastic surgery, he has also become a fellow member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons.
Dr. Parfitt received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While completing his medical degree, Dr. Parfitt was fascinated by the exacting precision required for cosmetic surgery of the face, while some other aspects of general cosmetic surgery, like body liposuction or breast surgery, never really appealed to him. Believing he discovered his specialty, he made the decision to become a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Parfitt sought out to obtain the best training program in Otolaryngology for facial cosmetic surgery. He discovered that military training programs performed the most facial plastic surgery, since facial plastic surgery was free-of-charge to the military personnel and their families.
Facial plastic surgery, even cosmetic surgery, is necessary preparation for treating war-time skin and scalp wounds as well as facial fractures and tissue trauma. Every approach used to repair facial trauma and fractures has a counterpart in cosmetic facial surgery and vice versa. Therefore, this training was considered necessary and essential for military war-time preparation.
Since the supervisory surgeons in military surgical training programs were on salary and were paid no extra for doing surgery themselves the training resident was allowed to perform almost all of the surgery themselves.
Dr. Parfitt obtained his choice of military residencies at the US Naval Hospital-San Diego, completing his training in 1993. He became fully board-certified the following year.
Owing the Navy two years of service for this training, Dr. Parfitt sought out the Naval Hospital where he could get the most hands-on experience during those two years. One of the largest military bases in the world is located in Okinawa, Japan. This is where he and only one other otolaryngologist were responsible for the care of over 50,000 military personnel and their families. He soon became known for his excellent results with facial cosmetic surgery patients. Being the Head of the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Department, having his own operating room, and being allowed to work as much as he liked, he filled any spare openings in his surgical schedule with facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients. The experience gained during those two years was tremendous and invaluable.
After Dr. Parfitt’s 6 intensive years of facial cosmetic surgery experience, both board-certifications and military obligations, he wanted to further his training. Having tremendous respect for the face, Dr. Parfitt wanted his patients to have full confidence and trust in his abilities before they trust their face to him. He decided to devote another entire year to exclusively training in Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. With a particular interest in cosmetic facial plastic surgery, the choice location for this training was obvious: Beverly Hills, California. There was only one Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship available in Beverly Hills, and Dr. Parfitt was selected for this competitive position from more than 100 applicants.
While in Beverly Hills, Dr. Parfitt trained with some of the most highly respected and best in their field of facial cosmetic surgery, oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology, like Dr. Walter Berman, Dr. Frank Kamer, Dr. Henry Baylis, Dr. Norman Shorr and Dr. Zein Obagi. At the end of his fellowship year, he passed the oral and written certification examinations given by the American Academy of Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. This exam is widely known as the most comprehensive and difficult of all exams given in the field of facial cosmetic surgery.
With more than 7 years of experience in the field of facial cosmetic surgery, including a year of intensive study and training in Beverly Hills exclusively in the field of facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Parfitt was ready to develop his own facial cosmetic surgery center. He had grown up in Wisconsin and would often bring his children to visit their grandparents who all lived in Wisconsin (New London and Madison). He had gone to medical school in Madison and had grown to love the city, as did his family. For obvious reason to anyone who has lived in Madison and has moved elsewhere, he had always dreamed of coming back. Although his hands were trained in San Diego, Okinawa and Beverly Hills, his heart had been trained in Wisconsin, and he and his family longed to come back. Dr. Parfitt opened Parfitt Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Madison in 1996.
In 2003, Dr. Parfitt became a member of the BOTOX® Cosmetic National Education Faculty (NEF), chosen by the manufacturer of BOTOX® Cosmetic. As a member of the faculty, Dr. Parfitt trained other physicians on the proper use of BOTOX® for Cosmetic purposes. He annually attends meetings with other physicians from throughout the United States and Canada who are considered the best BOTOX® Cosmetic physicians in their Countries. These meetings ensure that Dr. Parfitt is the most educated and up-to-date Wisconsin physician, knowing the latest and best uses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
As a NEF member, Dr. Parfitt’s offices act in accordance with the manufacturer’s standards in performing BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, using techniques that are known to produce the greatest level of satisfaction.
“I know this is one of the best decisions I have made for my personal well-being and emotional health and I could not be happier I did it! I wish I had done it sooner! I felt so well care for and never concerned I would be “left alone” during any part of the process. Dr. Parfitt and staff treated me like family and I could not have been happier with my experience.”
– Virginia ( Sun Prairie, WI)
“I could not be happier with the results. Dr. Parfitt and his team are all very professional. They took very good care of me. My treatment was first class, from pre-op to post-op. I would not hesitate to go back for another procedure. It was a totally positive experience from start to finish. I have absolutely no negative criticisms to make.”
–Robert (Lodi, WI)
“I am extremely pleased with my results. The entire staff was so helpful and accommodating. I felt very safe in Dr Parfitt’s hands–he is an expert! I have been wanting to have this procedure done for years and it took so long for me to finally get the courage to go through with it. Now, knowing how breezy recovery was and how great I feel now, I wish I’d have done it sooner!”
– Abby (Plover, WI)
Due to his excellent reputation in the local community, he has become a member of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau and has been a guest on the local ABC and NBC news stations, Wisconsin public radio as well as other Madison radio stations. Dr. Parfitt and his practice have also been featured in the Vogue, NewBeauty Magazine, BRAVA Magazine, Madison Magazine, In-Business Magazine, Isthmus, ANEW Magazine, Wisconsin Woman Magazine, Wisconsin State Journal and the Capitol Times.
Dr. Parfitt is the owner and Medical Director of AestheticA Skin Health Center. Dr. Parfitt established AestheticA Skin Health Center in 2001. As important as it is to seek a specialist in cosmetic facial plastic surgery, it is equally important to seek a specialist in skin health when considering cosmetic dermatology treatments. AestheticA offers the most advanced and scientifically-proven cosmetic dermatology treatments available today, which provide patients additional options for nonsurgical procedures, skin-care treatments and medical-grade skin-care products. These services complement all facial cosmetic surgical procedures and provide options for those who are not ready for surgery. Having both AestheticA Skin Health Center and Parfitt Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center under one roof provides patients a range of options to address their facial concerns to enhance their appearance. AestheticA is located in Appleton, WI and Middleton, WI.
Facial plastic surgery with Dr. Richard Parfitt can make it possible to correct many undesirable facial features that can often undermine one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. If you would like more information or are interested in a facial cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Parfitt at one of our Wisconsin office locations in Madison or Appleton by calling 888.389.3223.