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.
Dr. Parfitt was amazing! During the consultation he was completely honest and was able to show me what the outcome could potentially look like. He made me feel completely prepared for the surgery and I trusted him 100%. The day of the surgery he was super thoughtful and while preparing for surgery he made sure you were comfortable. I will recommend him to anyone who is considering plastic surgery.
I am thrilled with the results from my Blepharoplasty! I wanted to have this procedure for years but was afraid! Dr. Parfitt and his team made me feel completely comfortable. I can honestly say I did not have one moment of discomfort! Amazing results! No more looking old and tired!
Dr. Parfitt is a highly skilled surgeon with the ability to make his patients look like the best version of themselves. The outcome looks natural, relaxed and well rested. He sincerely cares for his patients, takes his time to answer questions, and is down to earth and very approachable. He has a keen eye and provides honest feedback during consultations.
If you would like more information or are interested in nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, skin rejuvenation treatments or skin care products at AestheticA Skin Health Center, schedule a consultation or appointment at one of our Wisconsin office locations. Please call our Madison/Middleton office at 608.831.4007, or Appleton office at 920.730.1309.