Patrick M. Flaharty, M.D.
13470 Parker Commons Boulevard #101
Fort Myers, FL 33912
23451 Walden Center Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
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About this Expert
Dr. Flaharty has been in practice for more than 20 years and has performed over 20,000 facial plastic and cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Patrick Flaharty is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes solely in facial cosmetic surgery. After his residency, Dr. Flaharty completed a two-year fellowship in ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery that included a high volume of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the soft tissues and bony structures of the face. After several years of private practice, Dr Flaharty completed a second two-year fellowship in facial cosmetic surgery. This second fellowship, accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, allowed him to further develop and refine his skills in the technical discipline of facial cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Flaharty has been in private practice as a facial cosmetic specialist for more than 20 years here in southwest Florida and has performed over 20,000 facial plastic and cosmetic procedures. His thorough training combined with extensive surgical experience make him uniquely qualified as a facial cosmetic surgeon.
We invite you to talk with Dr. Flaharty, our friendly, educated staff, and our extended family of patients regarding any cosmetic procedure or concern you may have. We pride ourselves in being the ultimate resource regarding the latest techniques and technologies in facial cosmetic surgery, and for our patients the right choice in addressing their cosmetic concerns.
- University of Michigan Medical School
- Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia
- University of Utah in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery
- Orlando, Florida in Facial Cosmetic Surgery
- Face and Necklift
- Small Incision Brow and Face Lift
- Eyelid Surgery
- Advanced Skin Care
- Laser Skin Rejuvenation
- Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation
- BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® and Facial Fillers
- Liquid Face Lift
Trust your face to experience
Dr. Flaharty's training is second to none, having attended prestigious medical school, residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Flaharty focuses exclusively on the face, making him a true expert. His training and experience transform the way his patients feel about their inner and outer beauty. Patients leaving Azul, are confident with the way they look and feel because, beauty is our business.
I just want to thank you for helping me look years younger than I am. Many people are amazed when I tell them I am 63 years old. They think I am in my 40’s.—Stephanie L.
Between your office and the surgical center it’s like going to a 5-star hotel and spa. Thank you very much!—Tim G.
I didn’t realize the results from fillers would be so great! Dr. Flaharty made me feel like I want to live again!
Honestly, it was scary; who do I trust with the only face I have? I interviewed 4 plastic surgeons. I was getting discouraged with their attitude, approach and staff. Then I saw Dr. Flaharty. He was down to earth, dressed neatly and in good taste. I was received in the office with respect and honesty. He and his staff listened to me and looked me straight in the eyes. They were interested in me, what I wanted and what I wished for. I was put at ease; this was the surgeon for me. The result was dramatic! Dr. Flaharty pushed the sun up into the sky for me one last time and for that I will always be grateful!
I want to thank you and your staff for the excellent care. Everyone involved was highly professional and supportive throughout my surgery and post-operative period. Every step of the way, you and your staff told me what to expect, even though they knew I am a registered nurse. This meant a lot to me. I am so pleased with the results and would highly recommend you to all my friends. You and your staff have made my year special and refreshed! Thank you doesn’t seem like it says enough about how wonderful you’ve made me feel about myself.
My face lift looks so natural that nobody, not even my friends ever guessed! But I am constantly being complimented on how youthful or great I look. Dr. Flaharty did a fabulous job, ensuring that I would look natural, yet achieve the results I wanted. —Lydia T.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the latest trends in facial cosmetic surgery?
The biggest growth in the field of facial cosmetic surgery in recent years has been in the non-surgical office based procedures. This includes the non-invasive laser technologies to tighten and smooth the skin as well as remove unwanted sun spots and vessels from the face. In addition, the in office injectable procedures including Botox and the rapidly growing field of facial fillers. These non-surgical procedures can yield incredible rejuvenation of the face with little or no downtime making them very popular in todays challenging economy.
How does Botox work?
Botulinum toxin is an injectable agent that temporarily weakens muscles and thereby softens the line and creases created by those muscles. Botox is often used to treat the frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines, and Crow’s feet around the eyes but can also be used in other areas of the face to lift tissue and smooth unwanted lines and creases.
How do facial fillers work?
Facial fillers are injectable agents that plump up tissues by replacing volume that we loose as we age. They can fill lines, creases, folds, and hollows as well as add volume to sunken, deflated areas of the face, lifting these tissues. Fillers can be used for frown lines, dark under eye circles, lifting the eyebrows or cheeks, filling in folds and creases around the mouth, and filling the temples.
What is a “Liquid Facelift”?
A liquid facelift is the combined use of Botox and Facial Fillers to rejuvenate the face. With a quick in office procedure we can remove frown lines, forehead creases, Crow’s feet as well as remove dark under eye circles, lift the cheeks, lift the eyebrows, fill in lines and creases around the mouth, improve the jaw line and temples and even rejuvenate the lips and all with little or no downtime.
Tell us about eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is the most commonly performed facial surgery annually. The delicate tissues of the eyelids are often the first to show signs of aging. The eyelid skin is very thin and with blinking 20 times per minute the tissues often stretch and wrinkle faster than the other tissues of the face. This often shows up as loose skin and wrinkles around the eyes, which worsen with age. Fortunately eyelid surgery is a fast and effective procedure that can remove excess skin, reshape the fatty tissues, and eliminate wrinkles dramatically improving the appearance of the eyes. Upper eyelid surgery is sometimes covered by insurance.
How have Eyebrow/Forehead lifts changed in recent years?
Most brow or forehead lifts are now performed using a small incision, endoscopic approach. This has been a dramatic improvement in brow lifting making this procedure faster, more accurate, and with much less downtime. Through a few small incisions hidden in the hair the entire forehead and eyebrows can be released and lifted rejuvenating the entire upper half of the face with virtually no visible signs of surgery.
What is “Harmonious Facial Rejuvenation”?
Harmonious Facial Rejuvenation is the comprehensive rejuvenation of the entire face in a single procedure. This is an important concept because addressing the entire face in a single procedure results in a more complete and natural rejuvenation of the face. It also offers the advantage of a single procedure with one recovery period compared to a staged, multi-procedure approach.
What is the best type of Facelift?
There are a number of different facelift procedures and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Ideally a procedure should be designed to best fit the patient’s specific needs after a thorough understanding of the patients anatomy and the desired outcome of the surgical procedure.
Are neck lift procedure performed with facelifts?
In most cases neck lifts are performed with face lifts to give the best results in surgical rejuvenation of the face. Laxity of the lower face and neck usually occur at the same rate and rejuvenation of these areas is generally performed together to achieve optimal results.
Do you perform liposuction of the face?
Liposuction of the face and neck is an important adjunctive procedure to enhance the surgical result. By sculpting out the excessive fat you can achieve a more defined jawline and neckline improving the final surgical outcome.
When are chin implants used in facial rejuvenation?
When do you use a chin implant in facial surgery?
Chin implants are used in facial rejuvenation when genetics or aging leads to an anatomically weak (recessed) chin. These soft and natural implants can strengthen the jawline, improve chin projection, improve facial balance, and even improve neck contour. They are placed through small incisions hidden under the chin and provide a permanent and natural enhancement.
What is a photofacial?
A photofacial is a non-surgical, office based procedure that uses light energy to remove unwanted brown spots and vessels from the skin. This popular procedure is completely non-invasive and yield wonderful rejuvenation of sun damaged skin.
Tell us about the non-ablative fractional laser?
The non-ablative fractional laser is a fantastic new office based procedure that tightens and smoothes the skin reducing lines and creases. It is also very effective in reducing acne scars and stretch marks. As a non-invasive laser the best results are achieved with a series of 4 – 6 treatments. There are no injections and no downtime. Improvements in skin texture and tone can be seen for 6 months after the last treatment.
Tell us about laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a popular office based procedure that allows the permanent reduction of unwanted hair from any part of the body. Face, back, arms, legs, and bikini area are all popular treatment areas. Best results are achieved with darker and hair and requires a series of 4 – 6 treatments. Like the other office based laser treatments there is no downtime with laser hair removal.
What is fat transfer?
Fat transfer is a surgical technique where ones own fat cells are harvested from areas where it isn’t wanted and transferred into the face to plump the tissues providing a youthful fullness to the face and reducing hollows, folds, and creases.
Although this is a surgical procedure, fat transfer uses your own living fat cells to replace the cells lost through natural aging of the face. This is a great procedure to combine with face and neck lifting to achieve a three dimensional rejuvenation of the face.