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January 2001

Outcomes Research in Facial Plastic Surgery

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New Orleans, La

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001;3(1):7. doi:

THE GOAL of any facial plastic surgery procedure is a positive outcome, yet to define this "positive outcome" is difficult. Is it defined by patient satisfaction, the satisfaction of the operating surgeon, and/or an objective measure, such as the number of millimeters of brow elevation or angle of nasal tip rotation? A positive result of facial plastic surgery includes a combination of these important factors and represents a blend of subjective professional judgment, the patient's personal preference, and the actual surgical results in a real-world setting. The plastic surgery literature is riddled with studies whose results are presented in vague, subjective terms. A large methodological gap exists between studies presenting data results such as "80% of patients with a 5-mm or greater brow elevation" and an 80% "patient satisfaction" rate.

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