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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: Rather than subtract or remove tissue, it has been recognized that selective filling of the underlying zones of the body replaces or creates a natural look. This book provides a plethora of techniques for volume enhancement.
Purpose: The authors present a variety of overlapping methods of volume enhancement of the body, affording readers choices for a host of situations and settings. Normally, overlap of information would be considered redundant; in this instance it is helpful.
Audience: The authors do not indicate their audience. However, the book encompasses both standard procedures and some newer ones, suggesting the audience can be both novices and seasoned practitioners, including dermatologists, otolaryngologists, and plastic surgeons.
Features: The book begins with the basic principles of volume enhancement, including an introduction, a historical look at techniques and materials, and imaging technology. The subsequent 46 chapters are organized by the major anatomic zones of the body. The face, breast, extremities, buttocks, and trunk are enhanced with either synthetic fillers, natural fat products, or with surgical techniques that lift, fill, and volumize the area. The chapters are concise and easy to read. Photos, illustrations, lists of essential items, pearls, and pitfalls appear throughout the chapters. Procedural techniques are included for each category, but readers not fully conversant with the topic will require further assistance. An online video component allows access to a handful of procedures.
Assessment: Volume enhancement has become an essential component of revitalizing the human body and this book covers many of the techniques.