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Commentary
Nov/Dec 2009

RhinoplastyA View From the United Kingdom

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009;11(6):423-425. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2009.75

Rhinoplasty in the United Kingdom (UK) has traditionally been seen as being performed by otorhinolaryngologists for functional disorders or for external deformity correction following trauma, by maxillofacial surgeons (who in the UK have dual medical and dental qualifications) as adjuncts to midfacial surgery or after major facial trauma, and by general plastic surgeons for cosmetic indications. Furthermore, and, again, traditionally, otorhinolaryngologists and maxillofacial surgeons were able to offer their rhinoplasty services to state-funded National Health Service (NHS) patients for these associated indications, whereas general plastic surgeons were not able to perform cosmetic rhinoplasty on NHS patients.

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