Unique Nose Surgery Training Required

Nose surgery, rhinoplasty, is one of the most common procedures in plastic surgery today. Yet, it is not as common for all plastic surgeons to focus on nose surgery during their training or thereafter in their practice. Of course, there is a select group of plastic surgeons that focus on nose surgery, but the questions remain- how do you find them and how do they get their rhinoplasty training?

Rhinoplasty is one of the more difficult procedures to train for. And rightfully so, hands-on nose surgery with the intricacies involved in a nose requires delicacy, accuracy, a strong foundation for science and artistic ability. After all, the nose works in conjunction with the mouth to support the airway and respiratory system. The respiratory system assists with oxygenation of the blood, waste removal, and supports acid balance throughout the body. Add this to the many components of the nose, noses are truly complex, as follows:

  • Nostrils that provides an opening for breathing in and expelling air.
  • Septum, the separator wall for the nostrils, and cartilage provide a frame and tip for the nose.
  • Nasal cavity to provide a bridge for the passage of air to the trachea and then to the lungs.
  • Mucous membrane to warm and moisten incoming air and capture debris with the support of nose hairs.
  • Cilia which is moving hairs to direct the mucous along the way.
  • More than 10 million receptors in the olfactory epithelium to differentiate from environmental smells.

Nose Surgeons and Training

So, it is no surprise that plastic surgeons that focus on rhinoplasty usually take special care to participate in advanced training for nose surgery. These surgeons may have completed additional years of residency in training after their doctorate in medicine. Nose surgeons may participate in continuing education courses provided by medical organizations such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. They may be double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery for advanced aesthetics training and the American Board of Otolaryngology for the focus of the nose, throat and ear. In fact, recently the first Training Nose Model was developed to create a replica of the nose for surgeons to practice with by Ghassan Zabaneh who had worked with COMPRU, a research clinic that designs facial deformity prostheses.

The final decision for an appropriate nose surgeon depends upon a variety of factors such as the type of nose surgery that is required, the nose surgeon’s experience related to techniques, and the number of times the specific procedure has been performed by the nose surgeon. The good news is that men and women with noses like Penelope or even those with mere imperfections can benefit from nose surgery today.


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