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is facial plastic surgery with dermatology or plastic surgery ?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Neither: Facial plastic surgeons are typically ENT (otolaryngologists) who may, or may not have completed special training in facial plastic surgery. Many are quite talented, however make sure they have completed an approved residency first. Facial plastic surgeons are not plastic surgeons.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
And plastic surgeons are NOT facial plastic surgeons.
Aug 3, 2015
Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
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There is no such specialty as facial plastic surgery that is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. See Dr Placik's post above
Aug 4, 2015
Dr. William Rosenblatt
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
Cosmetic surgery: Many people feel they can do cosmetic surgery, but physicians who are board certified by the american board of plastic surgery have trained in surgery and should be qualified to do it. Other doctors do cosmetic work with out the appropriate training or qualifications. Check out your doctor before getting anything done.
Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 29 years experience
Facial plastic surg: usually refers to face and neck lifts and should be done by trained surgeon which means a plastic surgeon who is board certified! Some other surgeons may get fellowship in facial plastics so should be board certified in plastic surgery, hope that helps. Dermatologist are trained in facial cosmetic surgery which includes liposuction, fillers, toxins, lasers
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Specialty: not ABMS: While this is a sub specialty of the board of otolaryngology, it is not a recognized specialty board as defined by the ABMS. PLEASE SEE LINK BELOW: http://www.abms.org/member-boards/specialty-subspecialty-certificates/ This lists the 24 recognized specialty boards including the AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Wrong. Facial Plastic Surgery subspecialty of Otolaryngology AND Plastic Surgery. https://www.abfprs.org/applying/index.cfm
Aug 3, 2015
Dr. Taylor Pollei
Facial Plastic Surgery 12 years experience
Neither: A facial plastic surgeon is a board certified specialist. It is a six year surgical specialty training that specializes in cosmetic & reconstructive treatment/ procedures for the head/neck & Face only. Like rhinoplasty, facelifts, blepharoplasty, et. We overlap with dermatology, but facial plastic surgeons are more surgically oriented. Plastic surgeons specialize in whole body & face treatments.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Different: 3 different specialties. What are your goals. The experts of the face are FACIAL plastic surgeons.

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Is facial plastic surgery considered dermatology or plastic surgery ?

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Dr. George Yang
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Trained as surgeons: Facial plastic surgeons are trained differently from plastic surgeons. Starting w/ ent/head & neck surgery residency, then a one year fellowship in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery (rhinoplasty, facelift, browlifts, eyelid surgery, cheek/chin implants, otoplasty, facial reconstruction after trauma or cancer, cleft lip/palate.) after fellowship, oral & written boards for fps certification.

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