I have a case involving prior blunt force trauma followed by a failed rhinoplasty. i need a revision. i am choosing between 2 drs...one is an ENT with additional training in plastics, the other is a plastic surgeon (3 yrs gen surgery, 4 years plastics) who does body work, but also seems to have extensive (>80% of practice) experience and interest in rhino and revision rhino. ultimately, are both doctors equally qualified in terms of training?i tend to believe there is no 'seperate but equal'...
ENT+fellowship VS. Plastics - Choosing Dr for my Reconstructive Revision Rhinoplasty?
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Both credentials are fine but credentials are only a small part of the story. Its important to know what they have been doing AFTER their training and certification and what kind of results they have been getting.
Choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon
From the descriptions it sounds as though both surgeons have the credentials. It is important to look at their before and after pictures of similar noses to your own. Also look at the total amount of rhinoplasties they have performed in their careers. Experience matters. Your rhinoplasty surgeon should have performed many thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries because you have a very difficult nose to do. In addition make sure you have a Board Certified Anesthesiologist performing your anesthesia, and the surgery center is certified and licensed.
Both Doctors Have Great Training
Both doctors have the proper training to perform a revision rhinoplasty. I would look at their before and afters, reviews, and go with the doctor you feel more comfortable with.
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Qualifications for revision rhinoplasty
Both surgeons sound qualified. Your choice should not be the specialty (both of these individuals have the pedigree to perform this surgery well), but rather who you think has the best experience and skill (both technical and communication) to do a good job for you.
Both are probably well trained, but it really comes down to who you like better and who has consistently good results.
Choosing the right surgeon
Sounds like both could be good options for you. Ask to see before/after photos of patients with similar problems as yours. Read reviews of both surgeons on Realself.
Training and Rhinoplasty
I will join the unanimous vote and agree that both Surgeons have the "basic" credentials that you should look for. However, training and institutions matter very little if your aren't happy as a patient. Rhinoplasty is the most complicated facial aesthetic procedure for a variety of reasons, and experience in Rhinoplasty should also be a variable to consider.
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