The facelift remains the single most effective procedure for addressing the aging face. This highly sought after technique remains one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the United States with over 125,000 performed by members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in both 2014 and 2015. In spite of its popularity, which techniques proves to be most effective long-term is far from clear.
Theses 10 papers have been chosen to highlight this controversy and to emphasize diverse areas of clinical importance. This includes the understanding of not just the two-dimensional, but rather the three-dimensional aspects of facial anatomy, the relative efficacy of sub SMAS versus a superficial plane of dissection, nuances of newer facelift and ancillary techniques, and the objectification of complications using large cohort patient populations. After reading these 10 well written papers, the young plastic surgeon will come away well versed and even the most seasoned facelift surgeons will have learned something new.
James E Zins MD, FACS
Section Editor Face Section
A total of 10 articles have been carefully selected. All manuscripts have been published between 2005 and 2016 and represent the latest advances in aesthetic surgery with topics ranging from techniques for sculpting and harvesting fat, to practice-based recommendations, to reshaping, to suture techniques and to issues related to massive weight loss. We trust this collection will provide surgeons with the necessary information to improve standards of care and outcomes in their respective practices.
Constantino Gilberto Mendieta, MD
This new virtual issue on Asian aesthetic surgery is an effort from the journal to provide readers with important resources about recent advancements in this aspect of aesthetic plastic surgery. A total of nine recently published manuscripts and two commentaries have carefully been selected by this clinical editor along with the Editor in Chief. All the manuscripts were published between 2009 and 2015 from South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom. All these selected publications from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal represent recent advances in Asian aesthetic surgery. As you can easily see rhinoplasty and upper blepharoplasty are the two main topics for this virtual issue. In addition, breast surgery and facial aesthetic surgery are also included in this issue. I sincerely hope that the readers will find this virtual issue beneficial to their daily practices and enhance their knowledge and skills in dealing with Asian patients for various cosmetic surgical procedures. I also congratulate all the contributors of this virtual issue for their excellent publications on Asian aesthetic surgery. There is no doubt in my mind that this virtual issue on Asian aesthetic surgery will bring this popular plastic surgery journal to the next level of excellence.
Lee L.Q. Pu, MD, PhD, FACS
Professor of Plastic Surgery
University of California, Davis
This new virtual issue on rejuvenation of female genitalia will serve as an important resource to readers interested in performing labiaplasty and other aesthetic procedures of the vulva.