Facial Plastic Surgeon Vs Plastic Surgeon for Rhinoplasty?

If I need Rhinoplasty, does it make a difference if I go to a "Facial Plastic Surgeon" instead of a "Plastic Surgeon"?

Doctor Answers 8

Choose a surgeon with a lot of experience and great before/after photos

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It is important to go to a surgeon who has performed thousands and thousands of rhinoplasties. Most facial plastic surgeons specialize in rhinoplasty. The rhinoplasty operation is a very difficult operation to master, and it is important to go to somebody with a lot of experience and dedication to the rhinoplasty procedure.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Plastic Surgery is a Board Certified event

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Facial vs Plastic surgeon is a mute discussion regarding the challange to determine who out there in doctor land should do your surgery. Unfortunately, there are many people who call themselves doctors who really aren't. When it comes to esthetic surgery ( especially nose surgery) there are MD,s who have watched a couple of videos on how to do a nose job and claim they are nose surgeons. They  join   different organizations that claim to provide Certification by a Board. These "Boards" are NOT a reflection of  true surgical training , nor are they recognized by the American Board of Surgical Specialities. They are CON artists. Even worse there are some people out there who are not  licensed  doctors  in this country who are performing esthetic surgery as  long as they can get away with it.. Many of these people operate in facilities that are not certified by legal certification organizations, like the California Medical Board certification group; IMQ.

The main way you can avoid getting caught in one of these surgery scams is to look for a Board Certified Surgeon, whose Board Certification is approved by the American Board of Surgical Specialities.

 I hope this information has been useful to you.
Jon I Sattler, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Glendora, California

Jon Sattler, MD
Glendora Plastic Surgeon

Board Certified in FPS or PS is good starting point

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The training and credetials of the surgeon you select is very important as a starting point.  You want to find an experienced rhinoplasty specialist who performs more than the average number of rhinoplastys per year (25) and look at many before and after pictures.

Richard D. Gentile, MD
Youngstown Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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Either is good, as long as they're Board Certified in their field.

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When a doctor states they are a plastic surgeon, this means that the doctor completed training in a plastic surgery program. They receive instruction in rhinoplasty throughout their training.

Most doctors who say they are facial plastic surgeons are trained in ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery (otolaryngology). They also receive instruction in rhinoplasty throughout their training.

As long as they are board certified in either plastic surgery or otolaryngology (ENT), the surgeon will be a well trained surgeon capable of performing rhinoplasty.

Unfortunately, there are many other doctors who have not received training in either specialty and still call themselves "Facial Plastic Surgeons." Thus, you must make sure that the surgeon has done the following:

1. Completed a residency training program in either Plastic Surgery or Otolaryngology (ENT)

2. Be Board Certified in either Plastic Surgery or Otolaryngology.

John Diaz, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Look for an experienced Rhinoplasty surgeon of either type.

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Which type of surgeon you go to is of lesser importance than their experience doing large numbers of natural appearing noses. Look at their before/after photos for the type of noses you like. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Facial Plastic Surgeon vs Plastic Surgeon

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No, there is no difference based on the title alone. It depends on the training of the individual and their practice interests. After finishing training, most plastic and facial plastic surgeons develop their particular interests and focus on certain procedures. Your best option is to look for a surgeon who focuses her / his practice on rhinoplasty.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

Number of Rhinoplasty surgeries being performed is important

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I agree with the earlier answer and would also add that although both sets of surgeons can do the operation -- what is most important is that the surgeon perform a large number of rhinoplasty surgeries each year. At least 25.

Benjamin C. Marcus, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Plastic Surgeon and Facial Plastic Surgeon for Rhinoplasty

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Both surgeons have training and may perform rhinoplasty. Speak with more than one surgeon for consultation. Only after discussing your particular rhinoplasty are you able to make an informed decision. Cosmetic patients should look at everything when considering elective cosmetic surgery, not just the specific board certification.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

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