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    Fellowship training in cosmetic surgery

    Dr. ManolakakisOral and maxillofacial surgeon Manolis G Manolakakis, D.M.D., thought that while his residency training provided the basics for specializing in facial cosmetic surgery, it wasn’t enough to make him a cosmetic surgery expert. So, he completed a fellowship in facial cosmetic surgery. Today, he trains fellows in his specialty who want to hone their facial cosmetic surgery skills.

    Cosmetic surgery fellowships weren’t popular decades ago. But now that so many different specialties want to get a piece of the aesthetic pie, there’s more pressure for residents to do the extra training to better prepare for careers in cosmetic medicine and surgery, Dr. Manolakakis says.

    “If you want to practice in a particular area of expertise, such as head and neck surgery, cosmetic surgery or TMJ surgery, [the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons] has set in place fellowships. The reason… is that people really do want to become subspecialists. After a residency, you’re more a jack-of-all-trades,” Dr. Manolakakis says.

    After completing a dermatology residency at New-York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell, Isabela T. Jones, M.D.,Dr. Jones decided to do a year-long cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellowship, accredited through the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), with Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D., in San Diego. She’ll have completed that July 31, 2017, then will join a dermatology practice in McLean, Va.

    “I decided to pursue [a] fellowship for many reasons, but I would say the primary driver was to become a true expert in aesthetic dermatology. I want to offer my patients the best possible results, and I felt like I would not be able to do that with only the skills I learned in residency,” Dr. Jones says.

    Despite the potential need for more training, pursuing fellowship training in cosmetic surgery isn’t common practice. Dr. Manolakakis estimates about 3% to 5% of maxillofacial surgeons are fellowship trained in facial cosmetic surgery. It’s unlikely that physicians who have established practices will take a year or more off, as well as a pay cut (fellows’ salaries usually range between $50,000 and $75,000), he says.

    But fellowship training is important, he says, because of all the different specialties that are offering medical and surgical cosmetic options, including oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, dermatology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and others.

    “All these specialties have the general knowledge of what they learn. Then, to focus on cosmetic, they all offer fellowships in their respective fields. In plastics, they would do a full body aesthetic fellowship, including body and face. For ear nose and throat (ENT), it becomes a facial plastic and reconstructive fellowship. For oral and maxillofacial surgery, we focus on the face, so we’re very similar to ENT…,” he says. “Then, there is the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), which is a multispecialty group that offers fellowships. I recently took AACS’s oral and written board certification to become board certified in facial cosmetic surgery.”


    NEXT: The Aesthetics Melting Pot

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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