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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen E Kramer, MD (Stanford University)
Description: This book addresses several aspects of "dermasurgery" from the initial patient consultation to the surgical or laser procedure to be performed. It is concise, letting photos and figures do most of the explaining and short bulleted lists to complement these when needed.
Purpose: The purpose is to help expand the dermatologist's comfort with a variety of cosmetic and noncosmetic surgical procedures. Many dermatologists feel comfortable with straightforward excisions, but this book also addresses hair transplantation, blepharoplasty, and liposuction, for example, which we could all add to our repertoire. These worthy objectives are well met in this book.
Audience: The book, intended for residents and practicing dermatologists, is written at the level of an interested, visually oriented practitioner. This is the type of dermatologist who will be most interested and able to add these types of procedures to his/her list of skills. The authors are leaders in the field.
Features: The book addresses the initial approach to the patient, from the consultation to management of expectations, surgical preparation, and consent. This is an important part of any surgical or laser procedure and it is adequately addressed here. Chapters then address different surgical or laser procedures including facial flaps, fat transfer, forehead lifts, and others. The book is written in a straightforward and concise manner with several photos and figures, bullets, tables for quick reference. The photos are of good quality. More diagrams in the facial flap chapter, rather than just before and after photos, would be helpful for less skilled physicians wondering how one got from A to B.
Assessment: Surgical procedures, especially cosmetic procedures, and laser are growing rapidly in the field of dermatology and dermatologists need to feel skilled at these in order to provide the care our patients expect of us. There are few up-to-date surgical books which address this issue, so this is a welcome addition to the field.