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January 13, 1969

Face-Lift Operation

JAMA. 1969;207(2):371-372. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150150083042

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Dr. John Conley must have had a delightful experience in gathering this material and selecting the illustrations for his monograph, Face-Lift Operation. From the aborigines of Australia to the world's senior philosopher, Bertrand Russell, from the elaborately tattooed and painted inhabitants of the Marquesas Islands to the sophisticated canvases of Renoir, Vermeer, and Rembrandt, the author depicts aging of the face and traces man's perpetual quest for youth and beauty in whatever bizarre forms custom dictated. He succeeds in putting today's face-lift operation in proper perspective as another beauty aid in an endless list devoted to satisfying the desires for personal attractiveness, aids often chosen in lieu of a normally regulated and healthy existence.

As he traces the changes in the skin with aging, overexposure to sunlight with its attendant benign and malignant sequelae is wisely condemned as a major offender in the etiology of skin deterioration. The interplay of