Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:266 DOI 10.1007/s00238-004-0662-6 BOOK REVIEW Leo Clodius Mosby, St Louis, 2004, hard cover, pp 153, $37.00 US (ISBN 0-72343-349-6) Published online: 26 August 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 We all know how botulinum toxin works: by interfering and usage (4) Preparation, storage and injection tech- with the release of acetylcholine from motor endplates. nique, (5) Patient selection, (6) Contraindications and Thus, chemodenervation, acting for about 14 weeks. And: complications, (7) The management of crow’s feet, (8) is almost everybody’s aging face an object for the use of Management of forehead wrinkles, (9) Treatment of the botulinum-toxin? This book presents the art of good perioral region, the neck and scars, (10) Other indications botulinum toxin treatment, viz. making the patient look for botulinum toxin, (11) Other solutions, and (12) Guide better, but not necessarily younger. As stressed in the text, to good cosmetic practice. The reader might be interested the therapy relates to the individual patient: “The decision especially in Chapter 11, ‘Other solutions’. Here, the fol- not to treat is always based on the possibility that the lowing points are discussed: hyaluronic acid and other patient will not be happy with what the treatment will fillers, laser resurfacing, laser blepharoplasty, combina- achieve. Ask yourself before every new treatment ‘will tion of treatments, face lift/brow lift, microdermabrasion, this make this patient happy? If not, why not?’ ” Perhaps chemical peels, skin protection, and rejuvenation prod- here the author presents us with a key to the patient’s ucts. pursuit of happiness—happiness, the normal condition of Based on expert observations and a vast personal ex- man . perience, this excellent book is completed by a biblio- In addition, the author stresses an important point for graphy and index. obtaining success: “If all patients...received the same set of injections at the same dose, only some 30% would be happy...”. References Here the titles of the extremely well illustrated 12 1. Peikoff L (1991) Objectivism. Penguin Books, New York chapters: (1) Historical background (2) Botulinum toxin; modes of action and serotypes, (3) Clinical indications Reviewed May 2004 L. Clodius ( ) Weid 17, 8126 Zumikon, Switzerland Tel.: +41-1-918-2113 Fax: +41-1-918-2117
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