© Thieme Medical Publishers
24 October 2008 (online)
Jack Anderson referred to rhinoplasty as the “queen of operations.” Characterized by anatomic complexity and beauty, this craft of altering a person's nose is among the most daunting of plastic surgical procedures. The patient and surgeon engage in a process that crosses not only the dimensions of form and function but also the vagaries of healing and changes over time. Frequently a focus of pride and satisfaction for patient and surgeon, rhinoplasty at times challenges both with imperfections and limitations. Rhinoplasty, the queen, can be fickle—demanding a change in direction and reassessment.
If one is going to perform rhinoplasty responsibly, then one is probably going to perform revision rhinoplasty. Hence there is the need to teach revision techniques. It has been a great honor for me to assemble this distinguished panel of rhinoplasty surgeons for this special issue of Facial Plastic Surgery dedicated to revision rhinoplasty. The authors herein represent a spectrum of expertise in functional and aesthetic concerns regarding the nose. They bring an international perspective on cultural and ethnic aspects of rhinoplasty. Their contributions further enhance our understanding of this challenging operation and will facilitate the care of your patients. Read on, learn, and enjoy.