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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between going to an ear, nose and throat and plastic surgeon for nose job and laser?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
ENT or Plastic surg: Properly trained ENT or plastic surgeons are usually equally adept at nasal surgery, as ase often times general and maxillofacial surgeons. Training and experience along with the proper credentials can help a paying determine a surgeon's capabilities. The head and neck is surgicl real estate laid claim to by any number of specialties. I reemphasize training and experience as hallmarks.
Dr. Alexander Rivkin
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
Go to a specialist: Unless the ear nose and throat surgeon specializes in rhinoplasty, i would suggest going to a plastic, or better yet, facial plastic surgeon. Any procedure you consider, you want to go to someone who does as many of your particular procedure as possible. Rhinoplasty, in particular, is a technically challenging procedure and you want to go to someone who does them all the time, not just occasionall.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Experience/aesthetic: I would go to the person whom you feel is most qualified and experienced to provide you with the desired results that you are seeking.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Provided original answer
If an ENT is specifically interested in doing cosmetic nose jobs they will generally pursue additional training in a Facial Aesthetic plastic surgery fellowship
Nov 9, 2014
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: Ent doctors will typically address functional problems with breathing. Ent doctors with additional training in facial plastic surgery will address both appearance and function, while plastic surgeons tend to treat appearance. Make sure your doc has experience in rhinoplasty!
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Rhinoplasty: ENT surgeons and plastic surgeons are both trained in rhinoplasty. Many ENT surgeons sub specialize in facial plastic surgery through additional training. All ENT surgeons have in depth training in nasal anatomy, disorders and surgery.
Last updated Sep 13, 2015


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