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is having a rhinoplasty best done by a plastic surgeon or by an otolaryngologist?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Either: Have consultations with both and assess their experience and qualifications as well as their photos, hospital standing, board certification, peer reviews/referrals. Etc.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: This depends on what you want done and the experience of the surgeon. Both are trained to do rhinoplasties. I would recommend a board certified plastic surgeon or otolaryngologist. Don't be afraid to ask about board certification or the number of rhinoplasties the surgeon has done. Ask for references and look at before and after pics.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Both are qualified: Plastic surgeons and ent's are both trained to do rhinoplasty, aka nose jobs. However, there are several types of nose jobs to include full rhinoplasty , tip only, with or without a septoplasty. As other doctors have pointed out, once a surgical plan is presented, do not be afraid to ask for before and after photos . Also, inquire about the volume of cases the surgeon has performed.
Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Board certified m.d.: The american board of plastic surgery requires training in residency on rhinoplasty. Otolaryngology emphasizes function of breathing such as polyps, deviated septum, allergic rhinitis. Some have added traing in treatment of nasal appearance. Sometimes for challenging patients the two perspectives from different training programs can offer the best result with teamwork.
Dr. Ram Kalus
Dr. Ram Kalus answered
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes.: Both a board certified plastic surgeon or board certified ENT with cosmetic rhinoplasty expertise may be qualified to perform your operation. However, rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging operations. Do your research and be confident that your surgeon has not only a broad rhinoplasty experience, but that you are pleased with his/her aesthetic judgement and results.
Dr. Nina Naidu
Plastic Surgery 24 years experience
Rhinoplasty surgeons: Both ENT surgeons and plastic surgeons are well-trained in rhinoplasty. You should pick the surgeon who has extensive experience with this area, as there are surgeons in both fields who restrict themselves to reconstructive work only, cosmetic work only, or both. Ask to see before and after photos to make sure that you and your surgeon have the same aesthetic ideal in mind. Good luck!
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends experience: Both backgrounds are very capable of performing quality rhinoplasty surgery. Most important to find the most experienced surgeon, who communicates well, listens to your goals and concerns, and has a great reputation. Usually good to get second or third opinions to determine your comfort and confidence level. Board certification is also advised for cosmetic, plastic or ENT surgeons.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Experience: Find an experienced surgeon in rhinoplasty in either field. If you have airway issues or sinus problems also i would recommend a facial plastic surgeon who has an otolaryngology background.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Either!: Check out the experience and stated interest of either ENT (facial plastic surgery also) or plastic surgical consultants. Some plastic surgeons concentrate more on cosmetic aspects of nose surgery, just as some ents may concentrate more on the functional aspects of breathing and septal problems. If you want cosmetic changes to your nose as well as breathing improvements, that should be your focus.
Dr. Anil Shah
Dr. Anil Shah answered
Facial Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Chose the surgeon whose aesthetic you like and has the most experience in the field you are seeking. Rhinoplasty is the most difficult surgery to perform in plastic surgery.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: Most important is your doctor's experience with the procedure. Also, if you also have breathing problems then see a facial plastic surgeon or ENT for the surgery.

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