Melvin A. Shiffman and Sid Mirrafati (eds) aesthetic surgery of the abdominal wall

Melvin A. Shiffman and Sid Mirrafati (eds) aesthetic surgery of the abdominal wall Eur J Plast Surg (2006) 28: 436 DOI 10.1007/s00238-005-0800-9 BOOK REVIEW I. Jackson Melvin A. Shiffman and Sid Mirrafati (eds) aesthetic surgery of the abdominal wall Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2005, 236 pp, 398 illustrations (348 in color) (ISBN 3-922777-55-4) Published online: 1 September 2005 Springer-Verlag 2005 Ivo Pitanguy—Introduction, ‘‘I am sure that, for both the Doctor Zukowski discussed endoscopic abdomin- younger and more experienced surgeon, this book will oplasty which is interesting and may be the way of the become a reference text, covering all aspects of plastic future. abdominal surgery.’’ The authors state in the preface, In Chapter 5, Doctor Shiffman presents methods of ‘‘The hope is that surgeons can learn the proper tech- umbilical reconstruction. niques for performing aesthetic surgery on the abdominal There are two chapters, which consider complications wall...’’ Two different hopes! Are both fulfilled? general and specifically related to abdominal wall In the 27 chapters, 13 are written by the main author, necrosis. 8 by Doctor Shiffman and 3 by Doctor Mirrafati. The In the last part of the book, the history of liposuction abdominal anatomy is discussed in detail, and should be and consultation instructions are considered in signifi- studied by those beginning to do this surgery. The aes- cant detail. The paperwork, informed consent, health thetic problems presented by these patients are discussed questionnaire, and photo release together with the sur- in a chapter of 25 pages. This should be studied by gical checklist are comprehensively presented and dis- plastic surgeons, and will be valuable in the prevention cussed—a very valuable chapter. of complications or more significant problems. The last chapters, ‘‘Vibrotumescent Liposuction of There is a short but useful chapter on abdominal the Abdominal Wall‘’, syringe liposuction, megalipo- liposuction. This is followed by history, consultation, suction, liposuction followed by abdominoplasty, classification and selection—an area which is well extensive abdominoplasty and large volume lipoplasty, known to all of us who do this surgery. prevention of complications, prevention of thrombo- The various techniques are clearly outlined and in embolism, and medicolegal aspects of this surgery merit Chapter 9, Doctor Pitanguy presents his own approach careful reading, especially the final chapter. which is fairly standard. This is a useful book for presurgical consultation, Oscar Ramirez, Richard Moufarre` ge, and Jacques quick to read, clearly presented information, without Faivre present a spectrum of abdominoplasties which frills. I believe that the hopes of Pitanguy and the au- should be studied. The techniques may be used as they thors have, by and large, been fulfilled. are or various parts of the procedure can be combined to put together the best approach. I. Jackson Southfield, MI, USA E-mail: European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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