© Thieme Medical Publishers
09 May 2008 (online)
It is my distinct pleasure to serve as the guest editor for this issue of Facial Plastic Surgery. This issue is devoted to the management of facial paralysis. Facial paralysis is truly one of the most challenging conditions confronting the facial plastic surgeon. Individuals with this disorder suffer from a wide range of problems, both functional and aesthetic. Expert care of these patients requires one to draw upon a unique array of knowledge and skills. This takes time to develop and is best acquired by asking questions of one's patients. It is difficult work but well worth the effort.
We have been fortunate to gather a real who's who of experts in the field. They have been chosen across multiple specialties, as we have sought out some of the most important contributors to the field. The topics chosen to be covered provide a most concise overview of practical knowledge for the surgeon managing these patients. I encourage the reader to carefully consider and study each article. Each is important; none should be overlooked. There is a wealth of practical knowledge contained within them.