Ethnic Considerations in Facial Plastic Surgery
01 June 2016 (online)
Roxana Cobo, ed. Ethnic Considerations in Facial Plastic Surgery. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers; 2015 (400 pages; 500 illustrations). ISBN: 978-1-626230-23-1.
When I was first asked to contribute a chapter on Asian rhinoplasty for Dr. Cobo's Ethnic Considerations in Facial Plastic Surgery, I could not figure out what this book would look like. However, when I received my author's copy of this book, I was stunned and fascinated at the thoughtfully constructed structure and the depth of the scientific contents of this book, and I realized that Dr. Cobo had accomplished a monumental task for facial plastic surgery teaching. To my knowledge, this is the first book on facial plastic surgery that is truly devoted to the better in-depth teaching on the different aspects of facial plastic surgery pertaining to different patient groups in this globalized and multicultural 21st century.
This book comprises 32 chapters, which are nicely written in terms of their relevance and depth. This book contains four important ethnic sections: the Latin American/mestizo patient, the African patient, the Asian patient, and the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern patient. Each section includes important aspects of the aesthetic, ethnic, and cultural considerations of each group. In addition, each section contains the most up-to-date issues that are the hot topics in facial plastic surgery in each specific regional area. Dr. Cobo invited the very best authors who are recognized experts and who can deliver up-to-date information in each specific field of ethnic facial plastic surgery. I especially liked the section on African patients, because I had never read a reference with such a degree of comprehensiveness as this one. As a specialist in Asian rhinoplasty, I very much enjoyed the depth of scientific contents of The Asian section, which truly highlighted the most important and contemporary issues in Asian facial plastic surgery. This text offers 1,083 illustrations and access to 31 video clips; the illustrations are beautifully drawn, and both clinical and intraoperative photographs are high quality and exemplary, and the video clips are clear and instructive. Owing to its logical and practical organization, the reader will easily find relevant information that is helpful for optimally managing his or her target patients. I can dare to testify that no other reference so far dealt with issues related to ethnic facial plastic surgery as comprehensive as this book.
In conclusion, Dr. Cobo's Ethnic Considerations in Facial Plastic Surgery is a masterpiece and, without a doubt, one of the best single-volume books available on the ethnic aspects of facial plastic surgery. I strongly recommend this beautiful book as a perfect reference for the facial plastic surgeon who wants to have global view on facial plastic surgery.