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Editorial
Nov/Dec 2009

The Evolution of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009;11(6):366. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2009.87

As we begin our second decade of publication, the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery has evolved but maintained its original vision. Two significant articles in this issue epitomize our mission to “promote the art and science of facial plastic surgery by publishing significant peer-reviewed articles in all aspects of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the head and neck.” The first article—“The Technical and Anatomical Aspects of the World's First Near-Total Human Face and Maxilla Transplant” by Alam and colleagues1—presents the first successful combined face and maxilla transplant, which was performed on a patient who had undergone 23 previous reconstructive procedures. It is appropriate that the complexities of the anatomical analysis and surgical execution are first published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. This article will be discussed in JAMA as a “From the Archives” feature.

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