It might seem like facial plastic surgery has come about with the age of Hollywood, and our society’s love affair with movie stars and looking glamorous. But really, humans have been interested in manipulating the body since ancient times. There are records of plastic surgery taking place in ancient Rome, on gladiators whose bodies and faces had become severely damaged in fighting, and ancient Egyptians undergoing reconstructive nose surgery. But it was World War I that brought plastic surgery to prominence. The soldiers who received traumatic injuries to their faces, necks, throats and arms underwent plastic surgery to help them recover as normal a life as possible.
For many years, otolaryngologists, or what most people know of as ENT surgeons (ear, nose and throat), practiced some facial plastic surgery within their scope of work. After all, these doctors are the most familiar of any practice with the face and neck. But as facial plastic surgery has become more common, both for reconstructive and cosmetic services, plastic surgery became more specialized.
Today, in order to become a facial plastic surgeon, a person will go through college and then medical school. After that they will choose a residency program, and most facial plastic surgeons complete a residency in otolaryngology. After that a person can compete for one of the coveted fellowships in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, or go through more training in other specialties including dermatology and plastic surgery of the body.
At Penta Facial Plastic Surgery Center we have two very qualified surgeons. Dr. Cooper Scurry completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at McCollough Institute in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Ron Shealy is also board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is a fellow in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Knowing the extensive training and education that must be accomplished in order to perform cosmetic or reconstructive facial plastic surgery often helps many people feel better about the procedures they are considering. After all, you want to make sure that anyone who operates on your face, the part of your body that people see the most, is very sure of what they’re doing and able to complete surgical tasks with very little evidence left behind.
If you’ve been considering facial plastic surgery, contact us, or call Penta Facial Plastic Surgery Center today at 336-768-3361 for a consultation.