Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon

(ARA) - Our faces are our calling cards. They identify us, they show our emotions and they are connected with three of the five senses bringing outside information to our brains. But what happens when our identity starts to droop and turn us into someone else? Or eye and nose restoration is needed to help us look younger? It may be time to research facial plastic surgery and find a facial plastic surgeon you would trust working on your face.

A recent study conducted for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that 85 percent of adult Americans would undergo a facial plastic surgery procedure if given the chance. Furthermore, 80 percent of those surveyed would rather trust their face to a facial plastic surgeon when having their procedure performed.

Last year Americans underwent 2.3 million facial plastic surgery procedures and more than 38,000 revision surgeries. Some were for a younger-looking face, while others were to correct breathing difficulties or drooping eyelids. Some were just because people feel better when they enhance their appearances. Eighty percent of men and women look for an experienced, certified facial plastic surgeon over generalists when it comes to facial plastic surgery.

Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon. By doing your homework ahead of time, you can find a facial plastic surgeon you trust to maximize the benefits of your chosen treatments. A facial plastic surgeon should discuss options and make recommendations to correct the issues.

AAFPRS facial plastic surgeons have extra training for their specialties. All complete approved, post-graduate specialized residencies addressing facial plastic surgery. For most that includes four-year specialized residencies in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery – which includes facial plastic surgery. Many also undergo additional year-long AAFPRS fellowships in facial plastic surgery.

The AAFPRS is an excellent resource for researching the surgeons in your area and types of facial procedures. It is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, with more than 3,000 members who concentrate on the face, head and neck.

Referrals from family and friends who have undergone a procedure are also good places to start your research. Or get a recommendation from a trusted physician or health-care professional. Once you find a surgeon, ask how many procedures of the type you are considering the surgeon has performed, and if the surgeon operates in an accredited facility. The surgeon needs to be one to whom you would trust your face.

The AAFPRS Web site, www.facemd.org, has information and brochures about different surgeries, and includes a listing of facial plastic surgeons in your area with board certification.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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