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October 1962

Management of Aging Skin by Plastic Surgery

Author Affiliations


Chief, Head and Neck Service (Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; St. Vincent's Hospital; Pack Medical Group) and Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(4):407-409. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590100021006

Plastic surgical principles have specific application in the management of aging skin. In essence it is the practical application of technical skill for the sake of loveliness. Before beginning on this adventure, a careful analysis of all of the contributing factors and the means of ameliorating them is essential.

Aging is humanly generalized, geographically universal, and philosophically inevitable. Its afflictions are common, yet the afflicted persons react highly individualistically. Different races of people and regions of the body exhibit varieties of rhythms in the aging process. The placenta is senile after 9 months of existence and discarded at birth. Cataracts may form in childhood.

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