Every few years, the editors take the opportunity to look back and identify the best articles from the recent past. We
select articles that we think are outstanding and worth reading again because they are so well done and considered important topics of continuing relevance.
WHAT IS COSMETIC SURGERY? At first glance, the simple answer appears to be: procedures that make people look better. But then come the harder questions, such as who performs cosmetic surgery, what is a cosmetic surgeon, what is the minimum amount of invasive~2ess required to make a procedure “surgery,” and finally who are the cosmetic surgery patients?
Modern day skin laser surgery began with the publication of the now classic paper on “Selective Photothermolysis” by Anderson and Parrish in 1983 in the journal Science.
This issue of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery includes articles on many types of uncommon skin cancers, the proper use of wound closure materials and wound dressings, the state-of-the-art of hair transplantation, and reviews of dermatologic laser surgery as well as the use of lasers for hair removal.
Understanding the key aspects of preoperative assessment, the guidelines for the safe use of blood thinning agents, and
steps for management of immediate and delayed bleeding complications are crucial for minimizing patient morbidity
and maintaining good surgical outcomes.