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.
Having in our hands a book that finally addresses the ethnic differences—both anatomical and conceptual—is something that one can appreciate in a world where people with a wide array of ethnic features live together.
While reading through the different chapters, we find a comprehensive guide of ethnic diversity and we are able to perceive both physical and psychological characteristics and how they are influenced by culture and race.
Dr. Cobo has always indicated that ethnic background is a fundamental part of the analysis we make and how it affects the way we choose the operative techniques for each patient. She has now put that knowledge into a book that begins with a wonderful description of beauty and surgical anatomy in terms of ethnic diversity and takes us throughout the different surgical and nonsurgical procedures.
Dr. Cobo's intention is to present these topics as they are seen through the eyes of surgeons who also have different ethnic backgrounds, Latin American in particular, and are experts in the field, creating a more rich content in terms of the globalization of facial plastic surgery that this book clearly has achieved.
This book is beautifully illustrated and written in a way that makes you feel you are getting into a complex topic in the easiest way possible.
In summary, I believe this is a wonderful tool for those young surgeons who have trained using non-ethnic literature and also for those experienced surgeons who have now a more diverse ethnicity among their patients. It will definitely constitute a milestone for facial plastic surgery.