Potential Doc directs a fellowship for AAFPRS. Does this necessarily make him good?
With Revision Rhinoplasty, What Credentials Really Matter?
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Choosing a surgeon
Ideally you want to choose a surgeon with at least 10 years of post-residency/fellowship experience who performs at least 100 rhinoplasty procedures/year and is comfortable with advanced grafting techniques (such as rib grafts)
Credentials for Selecting Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon
The most important qualifications are board certification and experience in rhinoplasty surgery, You inquirire about the director of a facial plastic surgery fellowship. Only the best of the best are accepted as directors of the 42 fellowships of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Having said that, it is still appropriate to question experience in your particular surgery.
Fellowship directors for the AAFPRS undergo rigorous scruitiny to achieve that position
You asked about credentials for a revision rhinoplasty specialist and AAFPRS fellowship directors. There are only 42 fellowships in facial plastic surgery in the US. These preceptors undergo rigorous evaluation of their practices, surgery and teaching ability to qualify. As specialists for the face, most are qualified to perform revision rhinoplasty. You might ask the surgeon of choice what percentage of their practice is devoted to revision rhinoplasty.
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There are two types of surgeons who should be doing rhinoplasties, otolaryngolosists and plastic surgeons. The rest of it is marketing. If the doctor did not train in either discipline then I would not use that surgeon. In terms of additional training and certifictation each Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist can obtain Board Certification in their respective disciplines. The American Board of Medical Specialities is the only organization that allows the consumers to see who is really Board Certified. Several doctors will say that they are double board certified and other provactive staements about their training. Either they can do the job or not. Ask to speak to a former patient. Ask to look at photos.
Surgeon should be experienced, BOARD CERTIFIED by a board recognized by the AMERICAN BOARD OF MEDICAL SPECIALTIES, not a self designated board.
Some one who you are confident with and comfortable with.
Some one who will spend the time to explain the surgery its complications risks and answer all your questions.
It depends who you ask. Obviously you should start by looking at the surgeons qualifications such as board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Then you need to look at their before and after photos to look for experience and their approach to aesthetic reconstructive surgery.
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