A surgical expert who has shown a dedication to treating diseases of the face, head, and neck is known as a facial plastic surgeon. They have received training in both functional and aesthetic face, head, and neck surgery. After graduating from medical school, the facial plastic surgeon had at least 5–6 years of surgical training. One year of general surgery training is followed by at least four further years of specialized training in facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery. A year-long fellowship program specifically focused on facial plastic surgery has been completed by many facial plastic surgeons.

The necessity to enhance patient care in the field of head and neck surgery gave rise to facial plastic surgery. The facial plastic surgeon can concentrate on one part of the body and offer their patients a higher degree of specialized care by focusing on the intricate anatomy, physiology, and pathology of all the organs and structures of the head and neck. Congenital facial abnormalities, birthmarks, cleft palates, and other birth defects affect some people. Others are victims of accidents, burns, diseases, and the treatment required for such diseases. Many people decide to alter some premature aging symptoms or the size or shape of a facial feature that has concerned them for a long time. Ordinarily trained in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgeons hold board certification in their specialties. The American Academy of Face Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA) for the discipline of face plastic surgery, is open to facial plastic surgeons. The AAFPRS was founded in 1964 and represents more than 2,800 facial plastic surgeons throughout the world.

A facial plastic surgeon may perform the following procedures:

  • Rhinoplasty: Surgery of the nose where cartilage and bone are reshaped and reconstructed; excess bone or cartilage may be removed; rhinoplasty changes the form and/or function of the outside of the nose, while septoplasty changes the shape of the nasal septum inside of the nose.
  • Blepharoplasty: In facelift surgery, excess skin on the face, cheeks, and neck is removed, and muscles are tightened.
  • Rhytidectomy: In facelift surgery, excess skin of the face, cheeks, and neck is removed and muscles are tightened.
  • Forehead Lift: Surgery to minimize forehead lines and wrinkles and elevate the brows to reduce lid drooping.
  • Submental lipectomy: Surgery beneath the chin to eliminate “double” chin; excess fat is removed.
  • Mentoplasty: Surgery of the chin where a receding chin is augmented or a prominent chin is reduced.
  • Otoplasty: Surgery of the ear where prominent or protruding ears are set back to a more naturally appearing position.
  • Skin Resurfacing: Removal of the upper layer of skin (by laser, chemical peel, or dermabrasion) results in smoother and less wrinkled skin.
  • Facial Reconstruction: Surgery to repair or reconstruct facial features in victims of cancer, facial trauma, and birth defects.
  • Facial Injectable Procedures: Procedures in which different products are used to restore or refresh certain facial features or reduce facial wrinkles.

Much of this material has been prepared by the AAFPRS for the purpose of patient education.

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