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Plastic Surgery Is Part Of The ENT Surgeon Repertoire

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 6:14am
Mike Armstrong, MD

Do ear surgeons perform facelifts? Absolutely!

And we perform nose surgery and throat surgery, too!

A recent article in the New York Times presented a scathing editorial on complications caused by poorly trained surgeons.  However, the implication of the title “Ear surgeons performing facelifts,” is misleading and overlooks the fact that a large portion of training in the specialty of ear, nose and throat surgery includes plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck.

Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) are regional experts in the anatomy of the face and neck. After four years of college, four years of medical school, selection into one of the most competitive specialties in the U.S., and then another 5-6 years of surgical training, otolaryngologists are fully trained and qualified to perform cosmetic surgery above the shoulders.

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