Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:265 DOI 10.1007/s00238-004-0663-5 BOOK REVIEW Leo Clodius Saunders, Philadelphia, 2004, hard cover, pp 347, $110.00 US (ISBN 0-7216-8572-2) Published online: 26 August 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 The mentor of the author, Thomas Rees, may be called the You will find it described in great detail in Chapter 2, father of this new, most instructive atlas. To satisfy the ‘The aging face’. In the next three chapters (covering patient’s ever-growing wishes, he realized decades ago the surgical approaches) the face is subdivided into the fore- major shifts in cosmetic plastic surgery techniques. head and brow, the midface and the neck. A pearl dropped Who might benefit primarily from this Atlas of Aes- here by the author: “It is extremely helpful to keep several thetic Face and Neck Surgery? Those who are less in- copies of a schematic drawing of the aesthetic subunit of terested in exceptional, unusual procedures, but more in concern in each patient’s chart. The first copy is used tried and successful techniques: residents and younger during the initial consultation to prioritize a prospective plastic surgeons, getting started in this field. Presented in patient’s complaints and to document physical findings. A all their details in this excellently-illustrated text, these second, duplicate copy is then used during the preopera- techniques are practical, comprehensive and helpful for tive consultation to tighten up and highlight the tech- study. The experienced plastic surgeon may especially niques that have been decided on with the patient. A third enjoy the final chapters. and final copy is used on the day of surgery to document The reader of this review will certainly want additional the surgical treatments that were actually used and to information on the contents of this atlas. There are 6 make some personal notes about technique...a terrific chapters: (1) The aesthetic anatomy of the face, (2) The learning tool for the surgeon.” In these three chapters, aging face, (3) Surgical approaches to the forehead and anatomical as well as aesthetic considerations are related brow, (4) one-layer approaches to the face and neck, (5) to various surgical and non-surgical possibilities. Two-layer approaches to the midface and neck, and (6) Chapter 6: “Men are different”. These differences, as The male patient, adjunctive techniques, complications well as similarities—and their relevance concerning sur- and untoward sequellae. Even more interested? gical techniques—are demonstrated and discussed in this The foundation for success in aesthetic surgery is a final chapter. In addition, adjunctive techniques (chin thorough understanding of the aesthetic anatomy of the augmentation, laser resurfacing) and complications (he- face : fat (the author: “Much of the beauty of the human matoma, skin slough, infection, motor- and sensory-nerve face as well as the uniqueness of each person’s physical injury, hair loss) are discussed. A detailed index of seven appearance is better appreciated with a thorough knowl- pages concludes this atlas. edge of the role of the fat in defining facial volume and Following the atlas on aesthetic eyelid and periocular contour”), the SMAS and the facial fascia, the system of surgery, this book (by the same publisher) is a further retaining ligaments, the facial nerve and its muscles, the fitting volume on aesthetic plastic surgery, focusing on sensory nerve supply and the vascularisation of the face. the face and on the neck. To clarify the normal anatomy and aging-related con- Somewhere, this reviewer has read the following cepts, the reader will find both clinical photographs as sentence, appropriate perhaps also for this book: “Plan well as photographs of anatomical specimens. At the end purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pur- of each subsection “key points” highlight the essentials. sue persistently”. Do you know the trampoline-effect of midfacial aging? Reviewed May 2004 L. Clodius ( ) Weid 17, 8126 Zumikon, Switzerland Tel.: +41-1-918-2113 Fax: +41-1-918-2117
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 1, 2004
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