When it comes to rhinoplasty, prospective patients are always advised to go to consultations only with board certified facial plastic surgeons. But why is this so important? If you have read a lot of information about the procedure, then you have undoubtedly seen this recommendation in many articles, with little to no explanation of what this designation actually means for evaluating prospective facial plastic surgeons. Before you move forward with surgery, it is important to know as much as you can about all aspects of the procedure, including the qualifications your surgeon possesses. With that in mind, here are some facts about board certification that show why the designation is important, as well as other qualities to look for in potential rhinoplasty surgeons.
Requirements of Board Certification
Board certification is a way to signify that a physician has taken the necessary training and testing in their specialty to possess expertise in that area. While it is not a given that a board certified physician will offer quality care, board certification demands additional training and knowledge beyond the basic medical license required to provide medical services. Board certification involves rigorous testing, and passing these is a good indication of a physician’s commitment to his or her specialty. Board certification is voluntary, and signals hard work and dedication to the craft of the given specialty.
There are 24 specialty boards under the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and each of these have their own requirements for certification. However, the basics for certification generally require a training residency in the specialty, assessments and documentation of performance, as well as examinations with the specialty board.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, then you should pay attention to the board by which potential surgeons are certified. A surgeon may be certified, but you will want to make sure the board certification is relevant to your procedure. Plastic surgeons should be certified by a plastic surgery board, but especially qualified rhinoplasty specialists often have a double board certification in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), which give them a deeper understanding of the nasal structure and functions.
In the past, certification did not expire, but this has changed in the last few decades, and today, newly-certified plastic surgeons must renew their certification every 10 years, in an effort to encourage physicians to keep up with the pace of medical advances and maintain a high level of quality and integrity.
One of the major benefits of choosing a board certified surgeon is the knowledge that he or she is experienced in the field in question. Experience is necessary for providing patients with consistently good results, and even experienced surgeons strive to hone their skills throughout their careers. A surgeon with a passion for the art of rhinoplasty will work to give each patient a beautiful, custom result that complements their facial features.
Rapport and Communication
There is more to choosing a surgeon than just board certification and experience in rhinoplasty. You need to be able to feel comfortable and at ease with your surgeon in order to communicate clearly and ask the necessary questions about your procedure. Communication is key in getting the results you want, and the whole process will be much smoother if you and your doctor have good rapport.
You should never choose a doctor you feel you cannot trust, as you are relying on your surgeon to keep you safe and get you the outcome you want. Go with your instincts—if something feels “off,” do more research and exercise caution.
A Demonstration of Great Work
Obviously, the top two requirements of a rhinoplasty surgeon are great results and a safe procedure. Because rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult plastic surgery procedures available, you may have to search a while to find a specialist with the right mix of artistry, experience, responsibility to give you the process and results you are looking for.
While it may seem that great rhinoplasty surgeons are few and far between, there are actually many talented specialists, especially in major urban areas. Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery has a passion for rhinoplasty and a history of giving patients beautiful, natural rhinoplasty results. If you would like to speak with a double board certified expert in the Boston area, come meet with Dr. Bentkover in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Call today to schedule your consultation.