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Are ENT doctors who are ABPS members a good choice for rhinoplasty?

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In researching specialists for a rhinoplasty, I have come across many ENT docs who are certified by the board of Otolaryngology and also by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, but not by ABPS or ASAPS. It seems like many specialize in rhinoplasty. But I am wondering if they are qualified enough. Similarly, I wonder if someone who has ABPS certification, but is not an ENT, is a suitable choice.

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Part of the core curriculum of otolaryngology is nasal surgery. These is a very broad area that includes external nasal reconstruction from such things as trauma or cancer, sinus surgery, maxillofacial  (bone) trauma, septal surgery, etc. Nasal surgery is also part of the core curriculum of members of the ABPS. Each type of surgeical training program is normally required to cover this area of surgery but, to what degree? So, how do you decide?

 Rhinoplasty Surgery is an art unto itself. Many practice it but, few are very proficient. Consider looking at the Rhinoplasty Society Members (http://www.rhinoplastysociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=28&Itemid=57). These are surgery practitioners who have devoted a large portion of their careers to Rhinoplasty Surgery.  Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Best Choices for Rhinoplasty – I think the optimal choices for rhinoplasty are the ones that have expertise and experience in rhinoplasty that are certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology and also the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These are 3 groups that have training and expertise in this.  You also need to find out if they have experience and expertise in rhinoplasty.

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Are ENT doctors who are ABPS doctors a good choice for rhinoplasty?

 

Rhinoplasty surgery is a combination of art and science. It ideally encompasses an aesthetic approach to the external appearance with a functional concern for the nasal airway. Good rhinoplasty surgeons are knowledgeable in both aspects. There are excellent nasal surgeons who come from both disciplines: Plastic surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery who are ideally members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)and ear, nose and throat doctors who are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and additionally by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Beyond the appropriate training, what is essential is a sense of artistry and experience. Ask the surgeon how often he or she performs the procedure and discuss both the desired outcome and what is realistic.

 Robert Singer, MD  FACS

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