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    What is Otolaryngology?

    What is Otolaryngology?Otolaryngology refers to a medical specialty which focuses on the ears, nose, and throat. 

    It is also known as head and neck surgery because the specialists receive training in both surgery and medicine. An otolaryngologist is commonly known as an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or an ENT specialist. 

    This area of medicine dates back to the 19th century when physicians understood that the head and neck comprise a series of related systems. 

    Physicians developed the tools and techniques for evaluating and treating issues of the head and neck, eventually creating a medical specialty. The American Academy of Otolaryngology reports that it is the oldest medical specialty in the US. 

    Otolaryngologists are distinct from many doctors as they are trained to perform various types of surgery on the fragile and complex tissues of the head and neck. Board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides treatments to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.

    What do Otolaryngologists Treat?


    Otolaryngologists receive training in the medical and surgical treatment of ear infections, hearing loss, ear noise (tinnitus), balance disorders, nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve conditions. In addition, they manage congenital (birth) disorders of the inner and outer ear. 


    The care of the sinuses and nasal cavity is one of the main skills of an otolaryngologist. These specialists diagnose, treat, and manage allergies, smell disorders, sinusitis, nasal obstruction, and polyps due to septal deviation. They can also correct the appearance of the nose through rhinoplasty surgery. 


    Otolaryngologists are experts in the management of conditions of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract (esophagus), such as voice and swallowing disorders.

    Head and Neck

    Otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious conditions in the neck and head, both malignant and benign tumors as well as facial traumas and deformities. They can perform both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

    How are Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeons Trained?

    An otolaryngologist begins practicing after undertaking up to 15 years of college and post-grad training. An individual must first complete college, med school, and a minimum of five years of specialty training to receive certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology.

    After this, the doctor must clear the American Board of Otolaryngology exam. Some also pursue a one or two-year fellowship for further training in a subspecialty area. All full-time faculty members at Columbia have undertaken fellowship training in their specialty areas. 

    Dr. Eric Yavrouian: Board Certified Otolaryngologist

    Dr. Yavrouian is a fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. He is a board certified otolaryngologist who joined the practice in 2014. 

    The judicious Dr. Yavrouian graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. After this, he attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. 

    He completed his residency at USC, and subsequently a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Houston.

    Dr. Yavrouian is an expert in all facets of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, such as functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, reconstructive surgery, and facial rejuvenation. He has vast training in both primary and revision cosmetic procedures and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. 

    Board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for head and neck treatments. 

    Contact Us For a Consultation with Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian

    For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.

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