American Board of Otolaryngology for Revision Rhino?

I am currently looking for a revision specialist. Someone that is apparently a highly regarded rhinoplasty specialist (and revision) is board certified: American Board of Otolaryngology. I always hear go to "Board Certified Plastic Surgeon". However, this person seems to have performed many rhinoplasties with lots of positive reviews. I am alway confused as whats preferred for rhino: FACS, Plastic Surgery, now this? Does it matter which as long as he's performed several succesful rhinos?

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Board Certification for Revision Rhinoplasty

While board certification is always important the scope of a physician's practice is also critical. You want a surgeon who truly specializes in revision rhinoplasty, a procedure that occupies a great deal of that surgeon's practice. Otolaryngologgy-Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Plastic Surgery all provide training in rhinoplasty surgery.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Not just Otolaryngology...


Plastic Surgeons are usually Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery which is part of the larger ABMS Board

Otolaryngologists are usually Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology which is also part of the larger ABMS Board

Both of these specialties can and are certified to do cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the face and neck including the nose.  

Facial Plastic Surgeons are usually Otolaryngologists with further training and therefore they are usually double Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology making them experts on the face and especially the nose 

FACS is a whole different thing (Fellow American College of Surgeons) and any surgeon can become FACS after meeting certain criteria.  

Board certification is just a MINIMUM STANDARD.  It is no guarantee at all.  There are GREAT surgeons and HORRIBLE surgeons who are all Board Certified.  Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon was a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a very accomplished and experienced older one but we all know what kind of work he did on Michael's nose!! 

Do your homework and see several surgeons.  There are some GREAT Plastic surgeons and some great Facial Plastic Surgeons and some great Otolaryngologists who do great nose jobs and then there are some not so great ones.  Board Certification doesn't guarantee anything by any Board no matter what the hyped up marketing and catch phrases try to make you believe.  

But in my opinion a general Otolaryngologist may be able to do a good primary rhinoplasty but a revision rhinoplasty is more complex and you should try to find a Facial Plastic Surgeon or a Plastic Surgeon who focuses on the nose rather than the entire body.  Good luck


Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

American Board of Otolaryngology for Revision Rhino?

         You will have to get past all of those certifications and attempt to identify genius and reproducibility.  This is hard for the patient.  I think the two best things you can do is determine the number of rhinoplasties performed each year and then look at the before and after photo galleries.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Revision rhinoplasty

Most of us  Facial Plastic or "Plastic Surgeons" know the true masters of revision rhinoplasties. There are a handful of Surgeons who have achieved a reputation to operate successfully on complicated nasal problems. They almost limit their practice to these problems.

The best advice I can give is to call a few Plastic Surgery Offices, ask for their recommendation for secondary rhinoplasty  and (hopefully) you will hear names which come up again and again. Than call the office of such a surgeon. The nose does not tolerate repeat surgeries very well and therefore the next time make sure it is the "last  and final time" .

Good luck !!!

Guido P. Gutter, MD
Evansville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Selection should be made after the first date

Rhinoplasty, in my opinion, is the most complicated of facial plastic surgeries. Revision is even more challenging. The best way to select your surgeon is:


1) Meet with them - are they interested in understanding your needs? Are they good listeners? Are they patient and non-pushy?


2) Look at their cases - any good rhinoplasty surgeon should have hundreds of pre and post photos to show you


3) Then and only then should you examine credentials. There are excellent AAPS surgeons, AAFPS surgeons and ABOTO surgeons. There are also "less good" ones in each of those categories


4) The best docs are always busy. They should be interested in helping you but not desperate for a case. They should not "over-promise"


At the end of the day there are no guarantees but following these 4 steps will help weed out the wheat from that chaff 



Benjamin C. Marcus, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Many "world-class" Rhinoplasty Surgeons are Otolaryngologists.

There are many ENT specialists that have training and experience to perform Rhinoplasty Surgery. If your surgeon has a good reputation, many favorable photos, and many positive patient reviews, you may be in good hands.

Good luck to you.

Dr. Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 418 reviews

American Board of Otolaryngology for Revision Rhino?

I am one of those "Board Certified Plastic Surgeons"  but I can tell you the main thing you want is a surgeon who has studied cosmetic surgery and performed lots of surgeries of the type you want. Some surgeons get to that point by first getting board certified in Otolaryngology and then later specialize in cosmetic surgery of the face and neck. As long as your doctor is experienced as noted above, you will be fine.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

American Board of Otolaryngology for Revision Rhino?

 The reality is that members of:

  1. The American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  2. The American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  3. The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  4. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery 

 Are all qualified to perform facial plastic surgery including Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty.  No one board has a legitimate right to claim superiority over another...such claims are motivated by marketing in my opinion and not facts.  

 You should select your Rhinoplasty Surgeon based on his/her ability to understand and follow the proper aesthetics of facial (and nasal) beauty for the creation of a naturally more attractive nose and face.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Boards and rhinoplasty

I think that if you choose an experienced otolaryngologist, facial plastic surgeon, or plastic surgeon you will be ok.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

choosing a surgeon for Revision rhinoplasty

  Board-certified facial plastic surgeons, plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists  all can perform a successful rhinoplasty. Important to go to  a rhinoplasty surgeon who has performed a  few thousand successful rhinoplasties not a few successful rhinoplasties.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

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