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

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Dr. Nina Naidu
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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. Nina Naidu
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Richard Tholen
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Ram Kalus
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ram Kalus
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Either

Have consultations with both and assess their experience and qualifications as well as their photos, hospital standing, board certification, peer reviews/referrals.
Etc.

In brief: 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. Otto Placik
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Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Anil Shah
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. David Sherris
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Sharon Ann Clark
Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
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