Facial plast Surg 2010; 26(1): 059
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1245068
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Book Review

Grigoriy Mashkevich1
  • 1Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York
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Publication Date:
21 January 2010 (online)

The second edition of Cosmetic Dermatology provides a wide target audience of physicians and skin-care professionals with a comprehensive reference on the basic science and clinical applications in the field of aesthetic dermatology. This well-illustrated and thoroughly referenced guide expands on the content of its previous edition by documenting new developments in the rapidly evolving field of skin care. Undoubtedly, one of the strengths of Cosmetic Dermatology lies in its detailed references to existing literature, which provides a scientific backdrop for discussed medications, cosmeceuticals, nutritional supplements, and procedures.

Cosmetic Dermatology is divided into six easy-to-follow sections, which cover the full spectrum of skin-related topics. The text sets the stage with an overview of basic concepts, such as skin anatomy and pathophysiology of aging. The 16 skin types, based on the Baumann Skin Typing System, are thoroughly discussed. Specific skin parameters central to the Baumann System-oiliness, sensitivity, pigmentation, and wrinkling-are reviewed in great detail. Targeted interventions for each skin type, with oral supplements, photoprotective behaviors, and topical treatments are analyzed in the context of existing clinical evidence. Remaining sections examine specific skin conditions, such as acne, rosacia, and wrinkling, and assess a variety of cosmetic interventions, including Botox, fillers, light therapies, etc.

Cosmetic Dermatology highlights a number of proven strategies for corrective as well as preventive skin care, while shedding light on the scientific validity of numerous skin-care products available on the market today. It is a quintessential evidence-based resource for any professionals caring for cosmetic patients.