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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathryn P. Rodan, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This new book is a comprehensive reference source describing the art and science of superficial and medium-depth chemical peels.
Purpose: The purpose is to guide physicians performing peels in choosing the appropriate patient and the particular chemical peeling agent to safely correct the patient's level of photodamage. This is a timely subject because chemical peels have dramatically increased in popularity and are being performed by more physicians of divergent backgrounds and experience in dealing with photodamaged skin and wound healing.
Audience: This book is valuable for practitioners of cosmetic surgery (dermatologists, otolaryngologists, and plastic surgeons). It will also serve as a useful training manual for residents in these fields. Dr. Rubin is a well-recognized expert in the field of chemical peels who lectures and organizes courses on this subject.
Features: The book has adequate, up-to-date references. The information contained in this book draws mainly from the author's vast clinical experiences with his patients. Photographs nicely illustrate the major points made in this book. The most unique features are Dr. Rubin's outlines of both conservative and aggressive means of addressing specific patient concerns, such as dull complexion, melasma, actinic keratoses, and wrinkling.
Assessment: This is a well thought out textbook designed to guide physicians through the decision-making process necessary to achieve a successful chemical peel. Dr. Rubin is thorough in his discussions of patient selection, chemical peel agents and application, and postoperative management. It will be a practical reference for physicians building experience with chemical peels.