Why choose Dr. Farnworth?
Certifications & Affiliations
CredentialsDr. Todd K. Farnworth is a compassionate, highly skilled plastic surgeon. He is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association where he has served on the International Outreach Committee. Dr. Farnworth is trained in all major plastic surgery procedures, with special emphasis on facial procedures. He is dedicated to helping patients reclaim their lives, reestablish their self-confidence, and restore their dreams.
Dr. Farnworth began his training in general surgery from 1986 to 1989. He completed a special fellowship in plastic surgery with emphasis on craniofacial surgery and hand surgery in 1990. He finalized his training by completing a plastic surgery residency from 1991 to 1993. He began private practice in Phoenix, Arizona in 1993. Dr. Farnworth has trained residents and has given lectures to other surgeons describing innovative techniques in the field of plastic surgery.
Compassionate CareDr. Farnworth understands that plastic surgery does more than improve your appearance—it can dramatically improve your quality of life. He believes that a plastic surgeon should be an educator, helping patients understand what a plastic surgeon can offer them. By taking time to answer questions, Dr. Farnworth helps patients understand the options for treatment and have realistic expectations. Dr. Farnworth believes that patients deserve honesty as well as the skill of a trained surgeon.
Interview with Dr. Todd K. FarnworthWhy did you choose plastic surgery as your specialty?
I wanted to have the skill and know-how to take something abnormal, like a cleft lip, and make it normal. It is a field that requires creativity and artistry. Making transformations for patients with plastic surgery is very rewarding.
What aspects of plastic surgery do you enjoy most or find the most fulfilling?
When you put yourself in the place of a person with a deformity or a severe injury, you realize how much they need you. It is rewarding to be able to provide that help.
What aspects of the plastic surgery profession would you change?
I don’t like that some plastic surgeons promote cosmetic surgery too strongly. Some people should be talked out of surgery, which I do occasionally.
What are the most common concerns patients have? What do you say or do to address those fears?
Patients worry about their safety. They also worry about results. They have seen disasters on TV reports or the Internet and are afraid that their surgery may not turn out well. These are legitimate concerns. Plastic surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery are the best-trained surgeons in the world. In our training we learn how to avoid complications and keep patients safe.