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Ronald P. Gruber, M.D.
The editors of this multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of facial aging and improvement of appearance about the head and neck have assembled respected educators and practitioners to author chapters in a collaborative effort to produce a book of interest to facial plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. Each of the 31 chapters is organized to achieve uniformity and simplicity in the following manner: After key concepts and an introduction, the background basic science of the topic is presented. This is followed by sections on patient selection, the technical aspects of the procedure, postoperative care, management of complications, and conclusions. This format, the uniformity of the diagrams and photographs, and the clear print of an easily readable font are strengths of the book. In addition, the reader can watch 36 online facial plastic surgery procedural videos performed by the various authors (over 3 hours of video footage is available).
The contents of the first 20 chapters include a good introduction to the basic science of facial aging. There are discussions by various authors on the use of chemical peels and intense pulsed light laser treatments for facial aging, vascular lesions, hair removal, amelioration of scars, the injection of fillers, fat augmentation and/or removal, and the use of neuromodulators to improve the appearance of the face and neck.
The remaining 11 chapters deal with procedures which, to my mind, should be performed by appropriately certified surgeons in an accredited outpatient surgical facility. The editors have selected the topics of endonasal rhinoplasty, brow rejuvenation, upper and lower eyelidplasty, lip rejuvenation, otoplasty, facialplasty, liposuction, and hair transplantation. These are concise presentations, but they are certainly not comprehensive. The chapters are all authored by, and the corresponding videos performed by, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
In summary, the editors have compiled a book written mainly by and for facial plastic surgeons. Despite the fact that only two of the book’s 31 chapters have input or authorship by plastic surgeons, I believe that the education and cross-specialty discussion of approaches for rejuvenation can be valuable to all readers of this Journal. I recommend this book to novices as well as more seasoned practitioners.