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Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a Facial Plastic SurgeonThese days facial cosmetic surgery is very popular. Some people feel the need to look and feel better, especially in this competitive market. When it comes to facial plastic surgery it is extremely important that you do your homework. It is important to seek a surgeon who is board-certified in the correct field of expertise. Any physician can call themselves a �facial plastic surgeon.� However, there are only three certifying boards for physicians practicing comprehensive facial plastic surgery: The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto). In addition, not all plastic surgeons have the same training. Plastic surgery and facial plastic surgery are two separate and distinct specialties. While surgeons in both fields are qualified to perform face and neck operations, facial plastic surgeons are trained to operate exclusively on the face and neck. Plastic surgeons tend to focus on the breast, abdomen and extremities, with less time spent training in face and neck procedures.

It is also important that you have a good relationship and build trust with your surgeon. Complicated procedures can take time to heal completely. Therefore, having a relationship with your surgeon allows for you to stay connected in times of need. You have to be comfortable enough with your surgeon to be able to call in the middle of the night if you�re having a problem. With a consultation you have a chance to experience a surgeon�s personality to see if it is compatible with yours. It also allows you to ask questions about the surgeon�s experience, training, certifications and credentials.

Dr. Brian Harmych, is fellowship-trained and board-certified in facial plastic surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology � Head and Neck Surgery. He is on staff at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital specializes in rhinoplasty, facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery and non-surgical procedures such as facial fillers.