Editor's Choice: December 2012

Dear Readers,

I wish you all a happy New Year and welcome you to the first issue of 2013. This year, we have planned 8 issues full of new ideas, technical innovations, and practical information that I am confident will expand our knowledge, enhance our results, and contribute to patient safety. For the January issue, I would like to highlight several articles that I think will be of particular interest to you.

For my first “Editor’s Choice” this month, I have grouped together 2 papers on facial anatomy: "Identifying a Safe Zone for Midface Augmentation Using Anatomical Landmarks for the Infraorbital Foreman" (Raschke, Hazani, and Yaremchuk) and "Anatomical Landmarks to Avoid Injury to the Great Auricular Nerve During Rhytidectomy" (Lefkowitz, Hazani, and Chowdhry et al). These articles demonstrate the undisputed value of detailed anatomical knowledge to the process of safe surgical dissection.

My second selection this month is a paper by Mailey, Freel, Wong et al, entitled "Clinical Accuracy and Reproducibility of Portrait 3D Surgical Simulation Platform in Breast Augmentation." Whilst I have always relied on video imaging as a valuable educational and preoperative planning tool for facial aesthetic surgery and rhinoplasty, 3D imaging promises to be an equally effective tool for predicting outcomes of breast augmentation.

My third choice is our CME article, "Hair Restoration: The State of the Art." The lead author, Dr. James Vogel, has assembled the world’s foremost authorities on hair transplantation and they have compiled an excellent review on the state of the art in hair transplantation.

For my final selection this month, I have again grouped together several articles. These articles, from both North America and the UK, describe resident training in aesthetic surgery, a subject that is dear to my heart and on all of our minds. These articles bring to the forefront some old issues and raise some new concerns, while also providing suggestions and remedies. "Cosmetic Surgery Training in Canadian Plastic Surgery Residencies: Are We Training Competent Surgeons ?" (Chivers et al) is the main article, accompanied by commentaries from Ford (Canada), Zins and Ozturk (United States), and Jessup and De Souza (United Kingdom).

Again I wish you all a successful 2013 and look forward to hearing from you throughout the year with any suggestions you may have as how we can make ASJ more useful and relevant to your practice and educational needs.

Dr. Foad Nahai, Editor-in-Chief, Aesthetic Surgery Journal

Dr. Foad Nahai
Editor-in-Chief, Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Atlanta, GA

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