Richard Baxter, MD

Meet Richard A. Baxter, MD | Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Born and raised in southern California, Dr. Baxter’s decision to change from studying art to medicine ultimately shaped his passion for plastic surgery and medical aesthetics. After completing medical school in San Diego, Dr. Baxter fell in love with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and has never left since. Dr. Baxter continued using his medical and aesthetic services training and created a boutique private surgical practice in Seattle, becoming one of Seattle’s most well-known plastic surgeons. Dr. Baxter is known for his reconstructive procedures, internal bra technique, and longevity medicine.


Before his medical education, Dr. Baxter was formally trained in art, bringing his keen artistic vision and creative problem-solving skills to improve plastic surgery procedures. Through his figure drawing studies, Dr. Baxter understands the importance of producing proportions and accentuating curves to create a balanced figure.

Education and Training

Throughout his career as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Baxter has become an award-winning author and clinical researcher, publishing peer-reviewed articles on breast implants, the use of the subfascial technique for breast augmentation, the split muscle technique for correction and prevention of animation deformity, and the first proof-of-concept article on the use of Acellular Dermal Matrix internal bra. He was also voted “Western Washington’s Favorite Plastic Surgeon” and elected by his peers to be on the “Guide to America’s Top Physicians.”


He is a former clinical faculty member of the University of Washington School of Medicine and a former president of the Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons. He was the founding medical director of Calidora Skin Clinics years before “Med Spa” became a household word. His involvement in research continues as he seeks better surgical solutions and ways to improve patient experiences while maintaining his busy practice.

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When not in the operating room or teaching at a medical conference, Dr. Baxter can be found working on his Argentine tango or in the art studio drawing from the live model. His drawings appear in the background throughout the website.

Our technology & science meets your beauty.

Our expertise, coupled with science-based technologies and the latest in advanced techniques at PHASE Plastic Surgery, is how we continue to be the best surgical and non-surgical facility Seattle has to offer. We’re honored and excited to join you on your aesthetic journey toward looking and feeling your best. To get started, complete our consultation form, or call us at (425) 776-0880.