Dr. Shapiro Profiled in Arizona Business Gazette
Most patients rarely get a peek into the inner workings of their plastic surgeons or learn why exactly a surgeon decided on a career in plastic surgery. A recent profile on Dr. Daniel Shapiro, featured in the Arizona Business Gazette, lets patients get to know their doctor a bit better.
While many doctors have a personal reason for going into the field, for some it’s strictly business. Dr. Shapiro’s reasons veer to the personal side of things. When he was a teenager, a plastic surgeon changed his life. At the age of 15, Dr. Shapiro underwent rhinoplasty. The surgery was performed by Dr. Morris Barton.
At the time of the surgery, rhinoplasty wasn’t commonly performed in the state of Arizona. Dr. Barton, known as “Bunky,” was one of just a handful of certified plastic surgeons in the state. In the article, Dr. Shapiro stated that he thought Dr. Barton was the “coolest.” Since the surgery helped boost his own self-esteem and confidence, Dr. Shapiro knew from that moment forward that he wanted to do the same for others.
Since opening his practice since 1992, Dr. Shapiro has helped a great number of patients, many of whom have traveled from out of state to see him. Several patients have traveled from across the globe, coming from as far as London and China. Part of the way Dr. Shapiro reaches out to foreign or far-away patients is through the before and after pictures on his website, the article notes.
The photo gallery gives him a chance to show patients what he can do. Along with performing common surgeries, such as facelifts and rhinoplasty, Dr. Shapiro offers patients in Arizona more options than most other surgeons. His practice is one of the few in the state to perform surgeries such as Vaser Hi Definition Liposuction, the profile notes.
Along with offering patients a greater range of surgical options than other practices, the Gazette article points out that Dr. Shapiro isn’t one to let his skills grow stagnant. The field of plastic surgery is constantly changing and growing. Surgeons need to stay up to date on the latest procedures, techniques and research. Or, in the case of Dr. Shapiro, they need to stay in front of the curve. To do this, the surgeon regularly travels to learn new procedures and understand new techniques. According to the article, Dr. Shapiro’s continual training has meant that his practice has continued to grow and adapt to the changing times.
In the article, Dr. Shapiro compares plastic surgery then and now. He noted that it was a different landscape when he had his rhinoplasty as a teenager. Back then, he pointed out, it was common for surgeons to use their work as a “signature.” Plastic surgery was a status symbol and people wanted others to see who had completed the procedure. That’s changed, he notes. Today, people prefer to have the results be more subtle. Few patients want a distinct signature on their faces. For that reason, Dr. Shapiro doesn’t go out of his way to greet patients if he sees them out and about. Instead, he lets them lead. If a patient is comfortable recognizing him on the street, that’s fine. It’s also OK if a patient would prefer not to let others know about his or her surgery.
One of Dr. Shapiro’s past patients, a woman named Meredith Sands, was happy to share her experience with the Arizona Business Gazette. Before deciding to work with Dr. Shapiro, Sands evaluated five other surgeons. It was Dr. Shapiro’s demeanor that won her over during the consultation. Sands underwent a nose job to fix a deviated septum and to adjust the size and shape of her nose, which she felt didn’t fit with her face. She also had a fat transfer and lip augmentation several months after the rhinoplasty. Speaking of Dr. Shapiro, she described him to the Gazette as a “true artist” and noted that he gave her back her self confidence.
Patients who are considering plastic surgery and want to learn more about their options are encouraged to contact Dr. Shapiro at Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic by calling 480-451-1700 for an appointment.