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Book and Multimedia Reviews
Sept/Oct 2010

Principles of Facial Reconstruction: A Subunit Approach to Cutaneous Repair, 2nd ed

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Mecical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Author Affiliation: Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Mecical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010;12(5):359. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2010.61

In its second edition, the main objective of the book Principles of Facial Reconstruction: A Subunit Approach to Cutaneous Repair aims to be a succinct and effective reference for repairing small- to medium-size skin defects for the facial plastic surgeon. With this major goal in mind, the authors truly hit their mark.

This beautifully illustrated, reader-friendly 311-page book is divided into 10 chapters. The first 2 chapters are dedicated to describing key concepts of soft-tissue biomechanics, skin flap physiology, and fundamentals of local skin flap techniques. The core chapters, written in an algorithmic format, describe how to repair defects of each facial region (scalp, head, eyes, temple, ears, cheeks, nose, forelips, chin) with their respective subunits. The last chapter describes the techniques for harvesting autogenous grafts used for facial reconstruction, which is a valuable addition to this second edition.

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