There are many things to consider when choosing a surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery. Foremost among them is which type of surgeon should complete your procedure. With so many specialists now offering cosmetic surgical procedures, it can get confusing.

However, if you are thinking of having a facial plastic procedure, whether it’s a blepharoplasty, facelift, neck lift, rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty, the choice is clear: Select a facial plastic surgeon.

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Here is why.

Plastic Surgeons vs. Facial Plastic Surgeons

A facial plastic surgeon is just a plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures, right?

Wrong.

While both plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons begin their training by obtaining a medical degree, their training diverges after this point.

Board certified facial plastic surgeons typically continue their training with a residency in general surgery or another area, an additional residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (or in some cases, plastic surgery), and a fellowship in facial plastic surgery. Then they obtain board certification in facial plastic surgery from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Often, they receive board certification from another medical board as well (e.g., the American Board of Otolaryngology, or ABOto).

In contrast, plastic surgeons usually complete a residency in plastic surgery and possibly a fellowship in facial plastic surgery, but typically do not complete a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and they usually do not obtain board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. They do achieve board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a more general board certification that is not focused specifically on facial plastic surgery.

As a result, while facial plastic surgeons spend the majority of their training focusing on the ear, nose, throat, and face, plastic surgeons divide their time between these areas and many other areas of the body. Plastic surgeons generally lack the knowledge that facial plastic surgeons have of certain facial structures, such as the nose. This is because the training they receive in this area is not as extensive as that of a facial plastic surgeon.

The upshot? While plastic surgeons are the right choice for breast and body procedures, facial plastic surgeons are the better choice for facial procedures.

What Is a Double Board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon?

A double board-certified facial plastic surgeon is a surgeon who has achieved board certification from medical boards in two different specialties of medicine. Typically, double board-certified facial plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

How Double-Board Certification Is Achieved

Achieving double board certification is a long, challenging process that few surgeons achieve. It involves several steps taken after obtaining a medical license.

To achieve just one board certification, a physician has to show sufficient expertise to one of the boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, such as the American Board of Surgery. To be eligible, a physician first must complete a residency program following medical school. This usually takes about three to five years. The board certification process usually involves a written exam, and sometimes an oral exam as well.

Achieving a second board certification (i.e., double board certification) means demonstrating sufficient expertise to a second medical board in a separate medical specialty. Part of this typically involves completing a second residency (e.g., in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery).

To obtain board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a surgeon must complete a two-day exam. He or she also has to submit a sufficient record of clinical experience, including operative reports for a minimum of 100 facial plastic surgeries. Moreover, the surgeon must possess the appropriate licensure and subscribe to the board’s Code of Ethics. To maintain board certification, the surgeon must be willing to continually pursue ongoing education and assessment; stay abreast of the latest innovations in the field; and demonstrate best practices in patient safety, as well as ethics and communication.

Why See Dr. Rizk for Facial Plastic Procedures?

One of the nation’s leading facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Rizk focuses exclusively on facial plastic surgery, with a particular interest in rhinoplasty procedures, including ethnic and revision rhinoplasties. He is also a facelift specialist.

Dr. Rizk is known for his minimally invasive techniques for rapid recovery, and for his outstanding record of positive outcomes. He has extensive experience with complex rhinoplasty and facelift cases, having performed thousands of such cases, and continues to perform these procedures on an ongoing basis.

His practice is equipped with the most advanced equipment and technology available, including 3D technology, which helps provide greater precision and leads to less downtime.

Dr. Rizk received training in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures from some of the nation’s top hospitals, including Lenox Hill Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.

Dr. Rizk has lectured and written extensively on facial plastic surgery topics. He is well-respected among peers for his knowledge, skill and extensive experience. He is an active member of numerous prominent medical organizations.

To learn more about why you should choose Dr. Rizk for your facial plastic surgery, contact his New York City practice today.