What is Plastic and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Many times we heard the term “plastic and oral maxillofacial surgery” but could not understand what it actually is and how should we relate it to cosmetic surgery? Who are specialized in it and how should we find the best surgeon who is specialized in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Going according to the term this surgery refers to a discipline of medicine that involves treating diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the soft and hard tissues of the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region of the human body.

Who are the regulatory bodies?

The regulatory body for this discipline of medicine varies according to various jurisdictions. For example in the United States it is regulated by American Dental Association, in the U.K. it is regulated by Royal College of Surgeons of England, in Canada by Royal College of Dentists of Canada, in Australia by Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, in India by Medical Council of India and in Brazil by Brazilian Federal Council of Odontology (CFO). Thus, if you are staying in the United States it is important to refer the rules and guidelines put forth by the American Dental Association which is the regulatory body in this jurisdiction.

Whom should I visit for lower lift reconstruction a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial surgeon?

The decision depends much on the level of comfort you wish to have during the operation. Technically, you can go to a surgeon having either of these degrees. However, in case of plastic surgery you will have to bear less pain during the whole process of surgery. Now it depends on you whether bearing pain is a decisive factor for you in choosing your surgeon or not.

Questions to be asked before going for a treatment?

There are many questions those should be asked prior to visiting a Plastic and Oral Maxillofacial surgeon some of which are as follows:

  • Has the surgeon practiced for many years or performed many of these procedures?
  • What is the surgeon’s area of expertise?
  • Is the surgeon friendly yet confident and professional?
  • If the procedure will not be performed in the doctor’s office, does the surgeon use a certified surgical facility with board-certified anesthesiologists and up-to-date emergency equipment and anesthesia monitoring devices?

How should I ensure my privacy?

Privacy is something that remains at the top of the mind of those individuals who wish to go for such a surgery. Experienced surgeons like Dr Haithem Babiker (plastic and oral maxillofacial surgeon) understands this and this is why he is having private first floor entrance and exit so patients never need to be in a public lobby or elevator for pre-operative or post operative visits.


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John Childs