Dr with Maxillofacial and Costmetics Training Vs Plastic Surgeon For LFL?

can a Dr who had Maxillofacial training with costmetics training do lower face lifts just as good as a plastic surgeon?. 'm looking for a lower lift and the Dr. said he could do but he is not a plastic surgeon. Please Advise

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Choosing the right surgeon

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Best to get 3 opinions  and look at the doctor's credentials, experience, reviews, before and after results and who you feel comfortable with.  Consider a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who performs lots of facelifts.   

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 155 reviews

How to Find a Facelift Surgeon

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One good way to find a good Plastic Surgeon is by being referred by a satisfied patient. If you have to ask where to find one, the worst way is by reading advertisements that claim expertise. If you truly have no clue about Plastic Surgery training then it is always best to start with real Board Certification as a baseline requirement. In this way you can at least be assured of a minimal amount of training that includes facelift surgery. The two legitimate boards are the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, both of whom accept members from Canada. For a complete explanation of "Board Certification" Google ThePlasticTruth.com.

Paul S. Howard, MD, FACS
Hoover Plastic Surgeon

Dr with Maxillofacial and Costmetics Training Vs Plastic Surgeon For LFL?

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In my opinion, the most significant factor in choosing a surgeon for your facelift is your repoire with that physician. If you have a good working relationship with your provider, usually you will go through the process in a cooperative, collaborative fashion and get a good result. The reality of plastic surgery is that many people require emotional support to get through the process. The suregon that you are most comfortable with will ultimately help provide the most positive context for you to get through your procedure. I wish you all the best in this process.

Farhan Taghizadeh, MD
Phoenix Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Facelift Surgeon

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Thanks for a great question.

Bottom line- Training, Education, Experience.

I think you owe it to yourself to be certain that your physician has all of these specifically in the area that you are considering.  Be certain that you get at least three opinions and you will immediately have a sense of the competency and comfort of your healthcare team.

Please be careful and take your time.  You only have one face!

Todd Christopher Hobgood, MD
Phoenix Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Dr with Maxillofacial and Costmetics Training Vs Plastic Surgeon For LFL?

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  I have performed Face Lifts for well over 20 years and IMHO, maybe and maybe not.  It depends on the following factors as it pertains to any Face Lift surgeon in the aesthetic medical field:

  1. The amount of training performing Face Lifts.
  2. The experience performing Face Lifts.
  3. The ability for the Surgeon to understand and follow the proper aesthetics of facial beauty outlining how natural beauty is created.  Board certification, in any board, is not a guarantee this will be understood or followed.

 There are at least three groups trained to perform Face Lifts and other plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.  These include (and IMHO, no one group has the right to claim superiority over another even though they frequently attempt to do so):

  1. The American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.
  2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
  3. The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Shall I have a Maxillofacial doctor Vs a Plastic Surgeon do my Facelift?

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I'm sure that you would never contemplate a Dentist perform your back disc operation, deliver your child, or even fix your hernia. And yet - owing to the deliberate muddying of what "board certification REALLY means this question keeps coming up. Physicians and dentists have 4 years of medical or dental education followed by training in a specialty. Most go on to prove basic competency by sitting for and passing a Board examination in a member board of the ABMS (American Boards of Medical Specialists - wwwabmsorg). Some pass others do not.

So, being "board certified" in Ob-Gyn, for example, indicates that at one point the doctor passed the minimal requirements of clinical competence IN OB-GYN. It does NOT mean that that physician, Ob-Gyn in this example, had sufficient training in and demonstrated basic competence in Plastic Surgery (Neurosurgery, Dermatology or Vascular Surgery). But, according to our laws ANYONE with a medical degree can PRACTICE any field of Medicine in their office. Is this logical? In an age where car mechanics are specialized by car manufacturer and further specialized by the car's system AND where you have GREAT Plastic surgeons in EVERY city, WHY would you want to take a chance?

Please, do your homework. It will definitely be worth your while.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Choosing surgeons for plastic surgery

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It sounds like you have bumped into what is a real problem for patients, namely deciding whom to have do their surgery based on their training.  The one surgeon you mention is basically a dentist who has specialized in oral surgery.  This field of medicine is predominantly focused on doing jaw bone surgery and pulling wisdom teeth plus facial trauma.  Many with this training have branched out to doing more on the face but they are not real trained plastic surgeons.  Not to say that some don't do nice work, but others really don't.  Same can be said for plastic surgeons.  So you must be very careful, inspect many photos and do your homework here.

A Cosmetic Surgeon is not a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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Training in cosmetic surgery does nor guarantee that the surgeon is a well trained plastic surgeon.  The approval of the American Board of Plastic Surgery means the surgeon has studied general surgery and or head and neck surgery prior to training in plastic surgery.  This usually constitutes eight to ten years of training after medical school and extensive examinations to ensure the individuals is qualified to perform the surgical procedure.

Please find a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your lower face lift surgery.

Rondi Kathleen Walker, MD
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic Training is not enough

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You need to seek a board certified plastic surgeon or a board certified facial plastic surgeon for your facelift. You are asking us if a dentist/oral surgeon is capable of performing a facelift because they have additional cosmetic training and I think the consensus is no way. Don't be fooled into thinking that a "certified cosmetic surgeon" is anything more than a weekend course and a $300 dues fee.

Selecting The Surgeon For Your Facelift

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A facelift is a very important choice for you .  Although a maxillofacial surgeon may undertake a facelift he/she would be working outside of his "scope of practise." This means that his residency training was in an area other than plastic surgery, and his preparation for this type of work will be of less than standard. Make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

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