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Position Statement: Plastic Surgery

Position Statement: Plastic Surgery

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery recognizes that facial plastic surgery is an integral part of the specialty and is a fundamental area of expertise for otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons. An otolaryngology resident spends a minimum of four years training exclusively in the head and neck region, following one or two years of general surgery. This education and expertise includes restoration of form and function of head and neck structures, as well as aesthetic surgery of the face.

Adopted 2/4/1989
Reviewed 9/16/1995
Reaffirmed 9/16/1995
Submitted for Review 3/1/1998
Reaffirmed 3/1/1998
Revised 10/7/2002
Approved 3/9/2003
Reaffirmed 1/11/2007
Reaffirmed 9/28/2013

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Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. Position statements are not intended to and should not be treated as legal, medical, or business advice.

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