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March 2004

Julien BourguetFather of Cervical Rhytidectomy

Author Affiliations

Lam Facial Plastics
 1112 N Floyd Rd, Suite 9
 Richardson, TX 75080
 (e-mail: drlam@lamfacialplastics.com)

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2004;6(2):137. doi:10.1001/archfaci.6.2.137


The close of the 19th century witnessed the birth of modern facial plastic surgery, with pioneers such as Jacques Joseph and John Orlando Roe at the center stage of this new revolution. Despite the burgeoning technical innovations in surgery that were introduced at this time, the public was reticent to embrace the ungodly connotations associated with cosmetic surgery. The early period of facial plastic surgery was shrouded in secrecy in the surgeons' combined attempt to guard highly prized techniques and ward off the public stigma of performing vanity surgery. Trying to unravel the history of early face-lift procedures is therefore daunting. Practitioners abounded who advocated the straightforward subcutaneous rhytidectomy that primarily addressed the face, but failed to incorporate aspects of the neck in their rejuvenative efforts. It remains unclear who was the first to perform a face-lift, but Julien Bourguet remains the rightful proprietor of the title father of cervical rhytidectomy. His advanced and thoughtful treatises about face and neck rejuvenation predated Tord Skoog's platysmal surgery by half a century.

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