Who is More Qualified for Rhinoplasty?

These are the 4 surgens I have met with. I felt comfortable with all of them and liked the pictures of patients that they performed on. Dr S is board certified in general and plastic surgery _____ Dr N is board certified plastic surgen and American board of facial plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ______ Dr T is American Board of Plastic Surgery _______ Dr R is certified by american board of otolaryngology and American board of facial plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ______

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Who is More Qualified for Rhinoplasty?

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  The most important factor is the aesthetic judgment of the Rhinoplasty Surgeon which comes from understanding and following the proper aesthetics of facial beauty.  Board certified general plastic or facial plastic surgeons are all qualified to perform Rhinoplasty.  Choose the one with the best aesthetic eye IMHO.  The best technician who lacks the proper aesthetics will never create a naturally attractive nose IMO.  

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Who is best qualified to perform a rhinoplasty?

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As everyone else stated, either a plastic surgeon or otorhinolaryngologist (ENT) surgeon may perform the procedure. Rhinoplasty is arguably one of the most difficult cosmetic surgical procedures to perform well. To achieve consistently good results, a rhinoplasty surgeon must possess an outstanding sense of nasal-facial aesthetics, understand what needs to be changed and create a proper surgical plan and lastly be able to perform the surgery with extreme delicasy and exacting precision.

The best way to select a surgeon is to view his/her results, speak with other patients and see more than one surgeon in consultation.

Mark D. Epstein, MD
Stony Brook Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 244 reviews

Choosing Qualified Rhinoplasty Surgeon

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Hi Nunu23,

Based on board certifications, all 4 of your potential rhinoplasty surgeons are equally qualified. Other important factors among many to consider when choosing a surgeon is your comfort level with the surgeon and photographs of their prior patients. It sounds like you've found several excellent surgeons. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki


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

Best rhinoplasty surgeon

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 Surgeon that is board certified in plastic surgery of facial plastic surgery should be qualified to perform a rhinoplasty.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Qualified Rhinoplasty Surgeon Credentials

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A surgeon who is board certified in either Plastic Surgery or Facial Plastic Surgery should have the qualifications to do a rhinoplasty.  Facial Plastic Surgeons tend to have focused more on the nose in their training, however, post-training experience and demonstration of skill is probably your best gauge.  Like anything, some people are very skilled with minimal experience, while others may practice for a liftetime and never be that good at something.

It is really impossible to tell you who is most qualified based on a certificate.  At minimum you should ensure your surgeon has one of those certificates, but rhinoplasty is a very tricky operation.  It is technically demanding and conceptually complex.  Finding a surgeon who seems to have pleased a great number of people with their rhinoplasty work tends to be the best indicator, but may be challenging to identify.

Louis W. Apostolakis, MD
Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Board Certification is Good Qualification

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Board Certification is a great qualification.  It means that the physician has demonstrated a mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define an area of medical specialization. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or a surgeon with a specialty in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery should be qualified to perform rhinoplasty.  You may want to have a second consult with these surgeons to help you determine whom you feel most comfortable with. Perhaps a list of additional questions may help one stand out more than the others. You may consider what their primary specialty is, how many years they have been performing rhinoplasty, how many they have performed or how often they perform them. It is usually a very individual choice, and most patients base their decisions on a variety of criteria. Good luck with your selection.

Robert N. Young, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

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