Paul S. Howard MD, FACS
About the Practice
Dr. Paul Howard is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama.Dr. Howard’s philosophy is to provide the best possible patient care through the use of innovative techniques delivered in a comfortable, thoughtful, and confident manner. Dr. Howard’s mission is to provide the patient with world-class medical care with the privacy and amenities of a private practice setting. When the person desiring a cosmetic procedure is well informed, healthy, and has realistic expectations, cosmetic surgery can be an enormously fulfilling experience for both patient and surgeon.
Dr. Paul Howard is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama.Dr. Howard's extensive background in reconstructive plastic surgery has made him one of the most sought after Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists.His patients are an elite group of people who believe there can be no compromising when it comes to cosmetic surgery enhancement.Dr. Howard is internationally recognized for his artistic vision, personalized patient care, and highly trained staff.We hope the information on this site will help you become more informed in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.
Background & Certification
Dr. Howard has been board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgerysince 1988. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only Plastic/Cosmetic Board Certification recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Dr. Howard completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Florida State University before attending medical school at the University of Alabama. Upon completion of his Medical Degree, he completed his General Surgery Residency under Dr. John Kirklin at the University of Alabama. Dr. Howard complete his Plastic Surgery Residency under world famous Dr. Ralph Millard at the University of Miami before completing a Plastic Surgery Fellowship under world famous craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Paul Tessier, in Paris, France.
Since returning to Birmingham, Alabama to establish his Plastic Surgery practice, Dr. Howard has continued to travel the world giving lectures, teaching other plastic surgeons, and performing medical missions to operate on children born with facial deformities. Dr. Howard is the founder of the NewFace Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that benefits children born with facial deformities.
*Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Alabama 1990-1996
*Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama 1992-1996
*Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery University of Alabama in Birmingham 1999-Present
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Howard has presented over 40 presentations world-wide, and over 20 publications in medical journals and textbooks including “Annuals of Plastic Surgery,” and “Clinics in Plastic Surgery.” A complete curriculum vitae is available upon request.
Awards & Honors
Jefferson County Medical Service Award 1994
Best Paper Award - The Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 1994
Best Resident Paper – Southern Medical Association 1994
Who’s Who in Executives & Businesses 1998-1999
Who’s Who in Greater Birmingham 1989-1990
Leon High School Football Hall of Fame – 1995
Distinguished Service Award – Medical Association of the State of Alabama 1998
Exceptional Service Award- Children’s Rehabilitation Services of Alabama 2010
Affiliations & Memberships
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
The Dr. Ralph Millard Plastic Surgery Society & Education Foundation
Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
The Alabama Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Jefferson County Medical Society
Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Dr. Howard has served on over two dozen different councils and committees including President of the Dr. Ralph Millard Medical Society. In addition, Dr. Howard is the Founder & President of the NewFace Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that benefits children born with facial deformities.
Cosmetic surgery consists of a group of elective procedures that can improve one’s physical appearance. During your initial consultation with Dr. Howard, he will examine the areas you wish to change. Dr. Howard allows plenty of time to spend with his patients so that all their questions can be answered. As a part of the consultation process, we will need to obtain pre-operative computerized images of you. These images become part of your medical record, and will be discussed with you at various intervals of your recovery. If your surgery is reconstructive in nature, we may, at your permission, need to furnish your insurance company with pre-operative pictures. If your surgery is cosmetic in nature, a fee will be quoted at this initial visit. Fees are quoted in accordance to the standards of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. You will receive a pre-operative book about the elective procedure you desire to have. This book covers everything about the specific surgery including the risks, benefits, and imponderables, as well as detailed post-operative care instructions. We believe a well-informed patient is a confident patient with a smoother and more comfortable recovery. You may schedule surgery at the time of your initial consultation or you may call 205-871-3361 after you have the opportunity to arrange your personal or work schedule.
Staff & Facilities
Dr. Howard is on staff at Shelby Baptist Medical Center and Birmingham Surgery Center.
Dr. Howard is proud to provide the latest and most sophisticated computer imaging system for our patients. The Mirror/Canfield Computerized Imaging System is the latest addition to his collection of tools to better define goals and limitations in performing plastic surgery. The system consists of a digital high-resolution video camera that displays the patient’s picture on a monitor in full color. Through the use of the modern computer technology, your images can then be technically altered to demonstrate possible surgical changes. A major benefit of the system is that images are immediately available to discuss treatment options with patients. Dr. Howard and his staff are available to answer any questions regarding the digital imaging system, and hope you will take advantage of the latest in imaging technology.
English is the primary spoken language by Dr. Howard and his staff. Interpreters can be arranged for almost any language with advance notice.
Cash, Check, Cashier’s Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted. Dr. Howard is a provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield.