edited by Marwali Harahap, 664 pp, with more than 500 black-and-white figures, $195, ISBN 0-8247-0769-9, New York, NY, Marcel Dekker, 2002.
Interested in adapting a paper clip for use as a comedo extractor? Or using a trilobed flap to simultaneously close 2 separate nasal defects? Both simple and extraordinarily complex surgical pearls abound in this volume. The ultimate tinkerer's paradise, the text is inspired by dissatisfaction, or at least boredom, with widely used methods. Why employ straight liposuction cannulas when swan-neck variants are available; or painstakingly imbed individual follicles into recipient sites when a high-speed hair transplant "gun" can be invented; or bolster a skin graft with petrolatum-impregnated gauze when a see-through gas bag tie-over can be easily affixed?
Alam M. Innovative Techniques in Skin Surgery. Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(7):956. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.7.956