T.S. Wilkinson, Atlas of Liposuction, Elsevier Publishing, 2004, 352 pp,
800 color illustrations (ISBN 0-7216-9422-5), $169.00 USD
Published online: 27 July 2005
Ó Springer-Verlag 2005
This is a book with an interesting format. ‘‘T’’ Wilkin-
son, who for many years has produced the useful
‘‘Technical Forum’’, is the author. The most unusual
feature is that it contains opinions and comments of
many of those who publish a lot and those who are
experienced but rarely publish on this technique.
There are ten chapters which include general con-
siderations, superﬁcial liposculpture, ultrasound and
power-assisted liposuction, liposuction of the trunk and
abdomen, abdominoplasty, liposuction of legs and arms,
breast liposuction, liposuction of the face and neck, fat
replacement and after care.
The book is easy to read and has a few interesting
techniques which make it enjoyable and fun to read.
Many well-known and not so well-known plastic sur-
geons have contributed comments. These range from
interesting anecdotes to technical advice, and this makes
for enjoyable interludes in the text.
‘‘Clinical pearls’’ are liberally scattered throughout
the text. These are in blue-colored boxes and are easily
seen–each should be read carefully.
As can be seen from the Table of Contents, all aspects
of this subject are included-from removal of fat to
replacement of fat. There are a large number of illus-
trations, all in color, which show good results but also
are used to point out problems and how they have been
rectiﬁed. The photographs are used to show the good
and bad in this technique. They are not always uniform
in size, position and dress but then this is what we all see
in our own practices.
Useful tips are given on instrumentation, postopera-
tive management, and how to deal with complications.
The range of results shown vary from excellent to
good—this is an honest report since it ﬁts with every-
one’s practice. Many a time patient comments are in-
cluded and this adds to the enjoyment.
The book is well produced, enjoyable to read, and
contains much good advice and many pearls, for
example, the value of external ultrasonic-assisted lipo-
suction, which the author uses a lot. The author and his
friends and colleagues who have contributed anecdotes
and advice are to be congratulated. For those embarking
on liposuction and also those who practice it but want to
learn more–this is the book for you.
Southﬁeld, MI, USA
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