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Is plastic surgery the correct field if I want to help patients with cleft lips?

I was captivated by the operation smile commercial, and I automatically thought that plastic surgeons would do this type of job. I couldn't find any information on a specific type of surgeon that was allowed to travel around the world doing their practice.

Am I going into the right field, or should I be looking into something else?
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Richard’s Answer

In general 3 specialties can do such work: plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists and oral/maxillofacial surgeons.
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Michael’s Answer

Yes, it is. There's a lot of reparative procedures that plastic surgery can help correct. Typically, there are cosmetic plastic surgeons, and plastic surgeons who deal with reparative procedures. Many go on to work with burn victims, those born with cleft palets, and other accidents where individuals might be disfigured - such as traumatic car wrecks.


A doctor friend of mine recommended this site for you: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/cleft-lip-and-palate-repair

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Hwal’s Answer

Daniel,


Yes, plastic surgery sounds like it should be the most appropriate career choice in this case. Becoming a plastic surgeon, however, is such a huge undertaking and will take considerable time and preparation, so I would encourage you to make sure this is definitely what you want to do.


Hwal

Hwal recommends the following next steps:

Think about what I think I would enjoy about helping patients with cleft lips
Think about whether there are other choices in medical career that also allow me to help patients (with cleft lips)
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