Spotlight: Facial Surgeons

  • Wednesday May 24, 2006 | Posted in: Facial Surgeons

    Facial plastic surgeons perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery on the face, head, and neck regions only.

    A competent and qualified facial surgeon has the right credentials – just about critical to achieving a successful outcome.  Basically, a good facial surgeon should meet a client’s specific needs.  

    The best facial surgeon does not necessarily match with the rate – one charging exorbitant fees is not an indication of good repute.  Word-of-mouth and recommendations from first-hand clients as well as training tracks are preferred criteria for selecting a good facial surgeon. 

    Qualified facial surgeons should have completed four years of medical school from an accredited medical school and completed at least another five years of residency as a surgeon. Of these five years, the physician has completed at least two years of post-graduate general surgery residency and at least four additional years of specialty training in head and neck surgery (otolarynogology).

    After graduation, facial plastic surgeons are required to earn their board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOTO), the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), or are board eligible for the aforementioned boards.

    Selecting a board-certified physician is an assurance that the doctor has completed extensive training and passed rigorous examinations in his/her specialty.

    As for all licensed physicians, facial surgeons should possess a license to practice medicine in the state he or she is located.  The State’s Medical Licensing Board keeps an updated record on this. 

    On top of formal education, all practicing physicians are required to attend continuing education programs to maintain their license. A good facial surgeon seeks continuous knowledge and updates about his/her field and shall have developed better techniques.  Memberships in medical associations, academies or societies are also advantageous.
    Alternatively, albeit with discretion, it is best that information on past or pending civil or criminal actions should be checked in County Clerk’s Office of the county in which the physician has practiced or is practicing.  Along this line, check if the physician had malpractice insurance denied, suspended or revoked.

    A physician’s working style is also relevant.  A facial surgeon exhibiting good rapport with his/her client is always advantageous.  This is particularly helpful during consultations where a client needs to be comfortable in posing questions – inasmuch as a responsible facial surgeon should liberally explain any part of the treatment that he or she is recommending and should see to it that the patient understands everything – achieving a shared vision of what a client want the end result to be.

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