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Choosing Your Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Choosing Your Facial Plastic Surgeon
January 01
23:11 2017

Article Highlights

  • Facial plastic surgeons are trained to perform all facial operations, apart from eye surgery and brain surgery
  • A facial surgeon must know the ins and outs of all organs in and around your face, from neck to ears to throat
  • Head and neck represent the part of the body with many crucial anatomical regions such as eyes, brain and upper extent of the respiratory system

Most people can point out physical flaws that may seem insignificant to an outsider—a faintly protruding bump on the bridge of their nose or ears that stick out ever so slightly. Although most of us are acutely aware of our imperfections, not many of us would opt to go under the knife to fix those little defects, or at least that’s what you may think.

Increasingly more Canadians are choosing to undergo plastic surgery to change the small things that may personally irk them. According to the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (CAFPRS), the most popular surgeries are usually some form of facial cosmetic surgery, with blepharoplasty (upper or lower eyelid lift) and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) in the highest demand.

The current demand for cosmetic surgery has never been greater, with the numbers rising exponentially over the years, as specified by the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). What may have been frowned upon in the past has become so commonplace that there has even been a rise in the younger generation seeking cosmetic procedures, with patients in their teens opting for a nose job or other types of augmentation.

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The choice is yours to make, and patients should perform their due diligence before going under the knife. Researching and interviewing surgeons who specialize in the procedure you want should be a part of the process when selecting a surgeon.

Dr. Kris Conrad founded the Nasal and Facial Plastic Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Toronto, which is an extension of his renowned academic practice based at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto, where he is also an associate professor.

According to Dr. Conrad, there is a keen difference between a surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and other forms of aesthetic surgery.

“Facial plastic surgeons are trained to perform all facial operations, apart from eye surgery and brain surgery,” said Dr. Conrad. “The best analogy is perhaps to give an example of a heart surgeon and general surgeon. Whereas all heart surgeons must have general surgical training, they are ultimately trained in depth with regard to specific requirements—functional, anatomical and technical—which are essential to perform heart surgery.”

Facial plastic surgery is a specialty that requires significant training and experience. Unlike a heart surgeon or eye surgeon, a facial surgeon must know the ins and outs of all organs in and around your face, from neck to ears to throat.

“Head and neck represent the part of the body with many crucial anatomical regions such as eyes, brain and upper extent of the respiratory system,” said Dr. Conrad. “Any surgical intervention for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes in that region must be carried out, bearing in mind careful preservation or improvement of the function.”

In Canada, CSAPS is the only recognized association for certified plastic surgeons that specializes in cosmetic surgery and procedures. According to CSAPS and the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, not only should surgeons be equipped with the required training and education, but they should also be certified in Head and Neck Surgery or General Plastic Surgery. Additionally, they must undergo regular training and board examinations in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to keep abreast of new technology and techniques in the industry.

The CSAPS website, as well as their American counterpart, The American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, should be one of many that prospective surgical patients visit to identify qualified and recognized facial plastic surgeons.

Your face is our calling card, it’s what distinguishes you from someone else and builds the basis of a first impression. The outcome of facial cosmetic operations must be aesthetically pleasing, taking into consideration gender identity, overall body frame, other facial features and special patients’ expectations. All this requires not only super specialization but also talent and artistic sensitivity on the part of the surgeon.

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