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A major evolutionary change in the past decade has been to broaden the exposure and enhance the experience of the otolaryngology resident in the field of facial plastic surgery. A strong background in head and neck surgical oncology has been established in most residency programs and subsequent introduction to facial plastic surgery through reconstructive procedures has opened a new horizon to the regional specialist.
The increased importance of an aesthetically acceptable surgical result in the face with its strong social and psychologic connotations imposes more pressure on the head and neck surgeon to develop appropriate surgical skills. As the specialty continued to strive toward this goal in reconstructive surgery and in maxillofacial trauma, it predictably developed a greater interest in elective cosmetic surgery.
The American Board of Otolaryngology appropriately responded in past years to this evolution by including topics on facial plastic surgery as a significant part of the certification
THOMAS JR. Aesthetic Facial Surgery in the Otolaryngology Training Program. Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(3):141. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800050035001
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