- Varghese Mani MDS, Professor and Head, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Principal, Mar Baselios Dental College, Kothamangalam (Kerala), India
Surgical Correction of Facial Deformities is not just another textbook of Maxillofacial Surgery. The first chapter “Evolution of Face and Beauty Through Time” sets the tone to this remarkable volume wherein has gone a life-time of single-minded devotion to the healing of all the internal scars that external deformities can cause. In the chapter on “Surgical Treatment” the author has poured out his vast experience on the correction of these complex deformities of the face giving it a very personal touch. In the second chapter, “Etiology of Facial Deformities” the author touches on the psychological aspects of deformities, an important feature of this sort of work he says, “It has been observed that good looking and attractive people are more successful, intelligent and skilled than unattractive people“. This on its face value seems absurd, but if you go to the next line the author says “An unattractive person is usually seen as less intelligent and socially awkward by his peers and associates. They gradually consider themselves as thus and become so”. This is exceptional insight into human psychology—shows how people become what they think they are. The chapter on “Troubleshooting in Orthognathic Surgery” is not only meant for the novice surgeon. It stresses the need for sound knowledge of the anatomy of the area, good planning, careful execution and meticulous postoperative care. It touches on the fundamentals of all good surgery, never forgetting that any operation is an insult to the system and the advantages must always outweigh the price that is paid. Surgical correction of facial deformities has achieved a status of its own as a specialty of Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery. Conceived as a textbook for residents and aspiring young surgeons, this could be useful to the practicing surgeons as well, who would like to hone their skills in orthognathic and facial esthetic surgery.
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