© Thieme Medical Publishers
14 March 2011 (online)
In the past decades, interest in aesthetic facial surgery has increased tremendously. This development is attributed to the modern sense of beauty intensified by high expectations of patients and the public belief that most of all facial deficiencies can be corrected. In this field, rhinoplasty ranges among the top procedures next to eyelid surgery, face-lift, scar revision, and pinnaplasty. According to the guest editor's experience covering more than 20 years, rhinoplasty procedures have changed more and faster than any other surgical techniques in facial plastic surgery. A myriad of articles has been published in the past eliminating wrong surgical concepts and highlighting more reliable, standardized techniques (e.g., for approach matters, suture techniques, or osteotomies). Founded on more evidence-based surgical analysis and improved technical facilities, new concepts in rhinoplasty have been developed.
This issue of Facial Plastic Surgery highlights the current procedures of primary rhinoplasty, bringing into sharper focus that even minor faults may incur serious consequences and that prevention of complications starts at the first step of primary surgery. Starting with an article devoted to nasal anatomy, this issue of the journal is intended to guide the rhinoplasty surgeon in the selection and proper application of approved techniques. With articles including many illustrations and surgery photographs, the management of the nose from the septum and the valve to the outer pyramid and the nasal tip is shown step-by-step in this issue. Following these principles, it is apparent that there is no dividing line between functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery, so that even for residents going for septoplasty, considerable space should be allotted for a profound education in both external and internal nasal surgery.
We are grateful to all the authors for their timely and excellent work in preparing the articles.