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A facial plastic surgeon like me, is a surgical specialist who has demonstrated a commitment to treating conditions of the face, head, and neck. He or she is trained in both the functional and cosmetic aspects of surgery of the face, head, and neck. The facial plastic surgeon has spent at least 5-6 years in surgical training after graduation from medical school.  Training includes one year in general surgery and at least four additional years of specialty training in head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery.  Many facial plastic surgeons have completed one further year of fellowship training dedicated exclusively to facial plastic surgery.

Facial plastic surgery grew out of a need to improve patient care in the field of head and neck surgery.  Concentrating on pathology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology of all the organs and structures of the head and neck enables the facial plastic surgeon to focus on one area of the body and therefore provide an increased level of specialized care to their patients. Some patients suffer from birth disfigurements such as birthmarks, cleft palates, and congenital facial deformities.  Others are victims of accidents, burns, diseases, and the treatment required for such diseases.  Many choose to change some of the signs of premature aging or the shape or size of a facial feature that has bothered them for years.  Facial plastic surgeons are typically trained in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and are board certified in their fields.  Facial plastic surgeons may become members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA) for the field of facial plastic surgery.  The AAFPRS was founded in 1964 and represents more than 2,200 facial plastic surgeons throughout the world.

A facial plastic surgeon may perform the following procedures:

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