Author Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle.
Ask any facial plastic surgeon to name his or her favorite operation, and the vast majority will answer “rhinoplasty.” Ask them to name the most difficult, the least forgiving, the most unpredictable, or the most rewarding, and the answer will be the same. Why does this 1 operation hold such fascination for generation after generation of surgeons? How can an allegedly straightforward procedure continue to generate new insights and techniques?
Some of the answers can be found in many excellent articles published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. Our goal has been to have 1 or more quality manuscripts on rhinoplasty in each issue. We built our November/December 2009 issue around the theme of rhinoplasty. For the present issue, we decided to continue this tradition with a more informal grouping of recently accepted rhinoplasty articles. The quality and innovation represented in these articles speak for themselves.
In Praise of Rhinoplasty. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010;12(6):371-372. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2010.94