Board Certified for Rhinoplasty?

i read on here that it is great if my PS is board certified by ASAPS and ASPS, but what about ABFPRS and ABO? is this still good?

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Board certifications of rhinoplasty surgeon

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Board certified facial plastic surgeons and board certified plastic surgeons both qualified to perform rhinoplasty.  Rhinoplasty is the single most difficult operation in the field of cosmetic surgery and it is extremely important to go to a surgeon of either background who has extensive experience in the procedure and who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries.  Board certified facial plastic surgeons must also be board certified in ear, nose, and throat surgery prior to getting their facial plastic surgery boards and can better address any functional breathing components in the nose.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Certification is the STARTING POINT for rhinoplasty. Experience is the key.

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Both ASAPS and ASPS (plastic surgery societies, not boards) accept only plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), The ABPS is one of the 24 member boards which comprise the American Board of Medical Specialties ( ABO and ABFPRS surgeons are ENT surgeons (O is Otolaryngology, also one of the 24 ABMS member boards, and FPRS is Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a sub-specialty within the ABO).

Board-certified surgeons of both specialties (Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology) are trained to perform rhinoplasty, but rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult aesthetic operations to consistently excel at--the surgical steps are easily learned, but the nuances of performance and technical finesse take a couple hundred rhinoplasty cases and a decade or more of experience to achieve expertise.

Thus, board certifications are a starting point, and either specialty will have surgeons who would be absolutely excellent to perform your rhinoplasty, some less so. You must personally consult with enough of them to determine which is which, and then you can make an informed choice. BTW, even the best choice still has not received his or her perfection badge in the mail; less-than-perfect results are always possible even with the "best" surgeon and the "most compliant" patient. So do your homework, good luck, and best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 263 reviews

Qualifications For Rhinoplasty

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All of these boards and society memberships convey adequate training to perform rhinoplasty. The next step would be to meet with several surgeons and review their thoughts and work to decide if their rhinoplasty plans and experience meet your desired aesthetic nasal needs.

What board certification should one look for in a rhinoplasty surgeon?

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All of these boards do certify surgeons with training in rhinoplasty. That's a great place to start. Once you've identified a board-certified surgeon, check out their pre- and post-surgery photos and ensure that they have the greatest chance to give you the result that you desire. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Board Certified for Rhinoplasty?

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 Yes, members of all the boards that you mention are trained to perform Rhinoplasty and none of these boards can or should claim superiority over another.  These surgeons or groups make these claims, IMO they are based on marketing hype and not facts or degree of training associated with any one board.

 IMHO, when you are looking for a Rhinoplasty Surgeon or any Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, you should select the one that understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial (and nasal) beauty for the creation of a naturally more attractive nose and face...experience performing Rhinoplasty is simply not enough.  Remember, it's not the act of performing a Rhinoplasty but the aesthetic judgement of what is being created that matters.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Best board certification for rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty can cross medical specialty boards, however most states and hospitals will only recognize board certifications under the American Board of Medical Specialties. Two under this organization are the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology and are the ones that 'count'. The societies you mention and independent  boards don't have the same status.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Board Certification of Rhinoplasty Surgeon

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Many surgeons certified by all the boards you mention are well trained in rhinoplasty surgery. However, beyond certification you want your surgeon to be a specialist in rhinoplasty surgery; for example,you don't want to have your nose done by a board certified surgeon who specializes in breast surgery. Find an experienced surgeon who shows you multiple examples of results in patients with noses like yours.  

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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