Eur J Plast Surg (2006) 28: 434 DOI 10.1007/s00238-005-0774-7 BOOK REVIEW L. Clodius D.E. Panﬁlov: Cosmetic Surgery Today Thieme, 2005, 207 pp, (ISBN 3-13-139141-3), $55.00 USD Published online: 29 October 2005 Springer-Verlag 2005 When this reviewer returned to Switzerland, following change; the surgeon’s energy and fear... In the ﬁnal his training, education and being US Board certiﬁed, the chapter, the complex phenomenon of beauty is outlined speciality of plastic surgery was considered as unneces- as follows: body language; sexuality and semiotics; jus- sary—or perhaps a part of general surgery. But progress tice and injustice; the satisﬁed and dissatisﬁed; goodness, cannot be stopped. Plastic and reconstructive surgery beauty and truth; human suﬀering and ‘‘psychosur- became a speciality of its own, also in Switzerland. For gery.’’ how long? Plastic surgery covers a broad ﬁeld from head The two chapters on aesthetic plastic operations to toe, from hair transplantation to foot reconstruction. concern the face, neck-lifting and adjuvant procedures; Constantly striving for perfection and progress: Can we the care of wrinkles; rhinoplasties; lip-surgery; otoplasty; master today super specialisations, e.g. as ophthalmic surgery for hair loss; surgery for the female breast; ab- plastic surgery? In a more and more sophisticated soci- dominoplasty; body-lift and liposuction; corrections of ety, does not the patient want for himself ‘‘the best arms and legs; surgery of the penis. The second chapter doctor’’? ‘‘We are all links to the future’’ . For the is devoted to reconstructions of the breast, of burn beneﬁt of our patients, as a consequence, surgeons be- injuries, of facial defects, the care of skin malignancies, came specialists in cosmetic surgery. and of tattoos. A list of references and index conclude this very well produced, thoroughly illustrated book. Cosmetic surgery Perhaps it is less the application of All of today’s cosmetic surgery on 207 pages? plastic surgery techniques to functional problems (e.g. Impossible. Various techniques of cosmetic surgery are repair of a cleft palate or digit replantation), but as outlined and discussed, but if the reader expects much as possible the striving for optimal corrections of instructions on how exactly to do it, he will be disap- visible abnormalities and problems for the patients . pointed. The strength of this book, reﬂecting 25 years of What is ‘‘cosmetic surgery today’’? Is it only the experience, is the diﬃcult overall care of the patient who surgical techniques of face-lifting, blepharoplasty, rhi- is looking for cosmetic improvement. Therefore, any noplasty, correction of protruding ears, liposuction ? interested reader, trainee or established practitioner in Is it only to make the patient look more attractive? The this diﬃcult ﬁeld of human aesthetics, will like this book, book, which is the subject of this review, gives you an will read it with interest and enthusiasm, and will greatly answer. proﬁt. Of a total of ﬁve chapters, there are three on the patient, seeking cosmetic surgery, the relationship be- tween the physician and the patient, the patient’s ques- tions and the possibility of attaining what he considers References as good looking, through cosmetic surgery. Some problems and topics discussed: The ideal patient and the Goldwyn RM (1995) I bargained on working hard as a surgeon. ideal surgeon, the ﬁrst consultation, frequently asked Plast Reconstr Surg 96:177 questions; emotional strain and it’s relief; what to do, if de Kleine EH (1995) The crossroads of cosmetic surgery. Plast something goes wrong? Reasons for a disappointing Reconstr Surg 16:145 Manstein CH (1986) What is cosmetic surgery? Plast Reconstr Surg result. A special chapter deals with ‘‘the world and 87:121 values of the surgeon’’ with many excellent hints: The patient as a partner; the ward round; the ﬁrst dressing L. Clodius Weid 17, 8126 Zumikon, Switzerland
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