Visit Christchurch NZ ENT Surgeon and facial plastic surgery specialist, Chris Thomson, F.R.A.C.S., to discuss correcting facial deformities and age-related changes to your facial structure. Common procedures include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nasal surgery (rhinoplasty), correction of prominent ears (otoplasty), facelift and chin augmentation.
Several surgical specialties perform plastic surgical procedures in the facial region, often with special emphasis on the core area of their own specialty of origin. These specialists include Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons (my branch of surgery), Plastic Surgeons, Ophthalmologists, Dermatologists and Maxillofacial surgeons. It doesn't matter too much which specialty the surgeon comes from. More importantly you must satisfy yourself that your surgeon has had appropriate experience and training in the facial plastic surgery procedures that he or she offers. Ask the surgeon about their background and experience and look for evidence of qualifications.
In New Zealand the FRACS after the surgeon's name gives you the assurance that he or she is a fully qualified surgeon trained to a uniformly high standard. Word of mouth and results of surgery in friends and colleagues is often the most helpful way of choosing your surgeon when you consider undergoing a facial plastic surgical procedure.
Dr Chris Thomson is a graduate of Otago University, New Zealand, a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. He has training in both Facial Plastic Surgery and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery. Chris is a Consultant Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon at Christchurch Public Hospital and a Senior Lecturer with the Christchurch School of Medicine. Read more