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How do an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a plastic surgeon differ?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Significant Differen: Oral surgeon is usually a dentist (can have medical degree) who does training in oral surgery plastic surgeon has usually completed 5 years of training in general surgery and an additional 2-3 years in plastic surgery. Plastic surgeon performs surgery on all areas of the body, while oral surgeons frequently limit their practice to the head and jaw.
Dr. Jon Ver halen
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PRS vs. OMFS: In general, training to become board certified in plastic surgery versus oral and maxillofacial surgery is very different. Plastic surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery from head to toe, while oral surgeons are largely trained in orthognathic (or jaw-related) surgery. For details on training requirements, you can review the respective web pages from the ADA and ABMS.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How does an oral and maxillofacial surgeon differ from a plastic surgeon?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Different training: Most maxillofacial surgeons have gone through fetal school with a small minority also completing medical school. Plastic surgeons go through medical school. In many instances, these specialties will work together on comes cases.

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