Dr. Stephen P. Hardy of Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates has earned a reputation of being one of the most talented, trained, and ethical plastic surgeons in Montana and around the country. Dr. Hardy performs a range of cosmetic surgery procedures from breast augmentation, liposuction, and facelift to cleft lip and palate surgery. His goal is to offer a safe, welcoming environment where all patients are well educated about the procedure beforehand and comfortable with their decision.
DR. STEPHEN P. HARDY: The most important thing, really, in medicine is that you have to treat the person as if it were yourself or a loved one. I mean, there's really no other way to look at the situation.
MALE VOICE: Dr. Stephen Hardy has earned a reputation as being one of the most talented, trained and ethical plastic surgeons in Montana and around the country.
MS. LAURA CONWAY: I think Dr. Hardy's a really down-to-earth, genuine person, and that's why I love working for him. He's an artist. I think he's a great surgeon.
LORI: He is skilled. He is honest. He is personable. He's trustworthy.
MALE VOICE: He is also a board-certified plastic surgeon who was Ivy League trained in New York City with more than 15 years of practical plastic and reconstructive surgery experience. He also has virtually every credential and certification a plastic surgeon can have.
Dr. Hardy performs every major cosmetic procedure imaginable, from breast augmentation and liposuction to face lifts, tummy tucks and more. But it's his honest approach to his craft that resonates extremely well with his many patients here in Western Montana.
DR. HARDY: You always have to be honest with the patient, and even though something might bring more money into the practiceâ€”you know, if somebody comes in, and they're asking about, say, a problem with their ears or their nose, I don't think it's appropriate to then say, well, you know, we also can do a facelift and put a chin implant in, and you'd look even better. You have to stay away from those kind of things.
MALE VOICE: His goal is to educate his patients and make sure they are 100% comfortable with their decision to have the surgery of their choice in a safe, welcoming and some would say posh environment here at his plastic surgery center in Missoula. He and his staff go out of their way to make sure every patient receives the individualized attention they deserve.
LORI: I felt like I was his only patient. I never, ever felt that I was a run-of-the-mill case, that I was a number.
FEMALE VOICE: He just makes you feel like you're part of the family.
MS. ANGELA HARDY: As a physician, I've never known him not to think about every, single patient and what is best for that patient and what's the best way to treat that patient because not everyone is the same. He truly is so caring and so loving to everyone that it's hard not to love that.
MALE VOICE: She says Dr. Hardy loves every aspect of his job, but it's his passion for reconstructive surgery that really defines the type of doctor and person he really is.
MS. HARDY: He loves to do the cosmetic surgery. It's fun. The patients are extremely happy once it's done, but what is rewarding for him, really, is doing the reconstructive work.
DR. HARDY: There's nothing more rewarding than being able to fix a little baby's cleft and having the parents look at the baby and just, you know, with tears rolling down their cheeks at how awesome the baby looks. I mean, there's something, being able to fix a woman who's lost her breast to breast cancer, to be able to reconstruct them and have them look whole again and look quite good. There's nothing that can replace that incredibly rewarding feeling of helping somebody out.
MALE VOICE: Helping people is what drives Dr. Hardy and his staff every day. It's a way of life for this humble big-city plastic surgeon who relocated here to Missoula years ago because of the quality of life this area would bring his family, and for the difference he and his staff could make in the lives of those who live and work here.
DR. HARDY: I always had this feeling in my heart that if you really do something for the right reason, it's going to work out. And when we moved here, I honestly felt that this is the right thing to do for my family. I am really incredibly lucky. I'm really one of the luckiest people. I feel like Lou Gehrig every day when he said that. You know, it's really amazing that I have what I have with a great family, busy practice, wonderful patients, and live in a great place in the country. I mean, I don't have much to complain about.