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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.
Dr. Brian Dorfman
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 20 years experience
More Training: An oral and maxillofacial suegeon has focused training from anywhere from 4-6 years depending on the program. This is entirely focused around the face, head and neck. A plastic surgeon usually trains for 3 years after a general surgery residency and focuses on the entire body. Plastic surgeons are very well trained overall, but oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the experts on the face.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Different training: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons start in dental school and plastic surgeons start in medical school. At the end of the day, the individual surgeon varies in qualify and expertise more than the classification really does. Some maxillofacial surgeons just pull out molars all day. Some plastic surgeons do very little aesthetic work. These variations are important for the potential patient to assess.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

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.

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