How is an ENT Different from an Otolaryngologist?

Does an OTO have the same training as an ENT and are they certified by any cosmetic boards;or Plastic surgery boards? Please explain the difference ,if, any.

Doctor Answers (4)

Otolaryngology and ENT physicians are the same

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These are two names for the same training. Some physicians in this field go on after their basic residency training and do fellowship eduction in cosmetic surgery of the face. They call themselves Facial Plastic Surgeons. This is a different group than those who are Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. There are excellent physicians in both groups but the training is very different.


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Both the same, plastic surgery board is different

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They are both the same. However, the plastic surgery board is different.

To be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you have to finish 3-5 years of general surgery or an ENT residency in addition to the plastic surgery training, which extends 2-3 years.

Hope that helps.

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Oto and ENT are the same

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Otolaryngologists and ENT physicians are the same. ENT=Ears, Nose, and Throat - Oto=ear, laryng=throat (the nose, or rhino, was dropped some years ago). Otolaryngologists go through 1 year of general surgery training and an additional 4-5 years of specialty head and neck surgery. Part of the basic training of otolaryngologists is in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. If a surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, an ABMS member board, they are credentialed to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, only. Some Otolaryngologists go on to do an additional year of training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck and can receive certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Though not a member of the ABMS, cosmetic surgery of the head and neck is a recognized subspecialty of Otolaryngology by the ABMS. Bottom line is that even ENT physicians are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face. They are not trained in body work such as abdominoplasty or breast augmentation. On the other hand, unlike surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngologists have focussed exclusively on head and neck surgery for their career, rather than whole body cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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ENT or Otolaryngologist are the same

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ENT or otolaryngologist are the same. They can become facial plastic surgeons through a board exam that they take through their society, but they do not go throught the same training as a plastic surgeon, they can only work on the face. A plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is trained to treat the face, as well as the entire body (i.e breasts, tummy, liposuction, breast cancer, free flaps, etc.).

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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