Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery: Do an About-Face on Your Life
Let’s face it: you are the expressions that you make. That’s why so many people decide to put their best face forward and improve perceived abnormalities or defects that they were either born with or acquired through accidents or trauma. If you were born with a cleft lip or a birth mark, enlarged ears, or a crooked smile, you know all about facial imperfections that were no fault of yours. Or, perhaps, you may have unknowingly played a role and let the negative effects of the sun get the best of you and speed up the natural processes of aging, leaving unsightly frown lines and creases, wrinkles, and sagging skin in the jowls and eyelids.
Facial plastic surgeons can treat a wide range of these conditions with procedures like facelifts, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, reconstructive surgery and more. Many facial plastic surgeons are board certified in otolaryngology. In fact, otolaryngologists perform the majority of elective facial plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. But what is an otolaryngologist?
What is Otolaryngology?
It’s the oldest medical specialty in the United States. So, for your purposes, otolaryngology has been around as long your ears, nose, head and throat have. Otolaryngology considers all health issues from the shoulders up, in other words the head and neck. Otolaryngologists are often referred to as ear, nose and throat specialists or ENTs. They can address breathing issues associated with choric sinusitis, hearing loss, and ailments that affect communication and swallowing, as well as important functions of sight and smell. Because otolaryngologists can correct these crucial senses – both cosmetically and functionally – they can play an important role in the daily lives of many.
Otolaryngologists receive extensive training, at least 15 years of college and post-graduate study before they can begin practice. They then must receive accreditation from the American Board of Otolaryngology. Some otolaryngologists continue to pursue additional training and develop specialty areas for treating both adults and children with sinus and allergy disorders; ear and hearing issues; facial plastic and reconstructive surgery; and imbalance and dizziness concerns.
Combining Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery
Otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery are a natural combination, yet there are very few doctors across the United States who are double board-certified in both facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery (ENT). Doctors with this dual board certification are ideally qualified for facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery – from defects resulting from cancer procedures and the correction of congenital abnormalities of the skull, palate or lips, to elective cosmetic procedures like rhinoplasty and facelift. They understand both the anatomy and aesthetics of the face.
Dr. Edward Buckingham is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. This dual certification qualifies him to discuss protocols, risks, benefits, alternatives, and recovery with your unique procedure. If you would like to learn more about otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery, contact The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery of Austin, Texas, at (512) 401-2500.