Research and surgical advances go hand in hand. We have published over 225 books and manuscripts- most to advance the art and craft of facial plastic surgery. Google Scholar provides an effortless way to keep track of publications and citations. Our profile is at – http://bit.ly/TLCSeattle. It is interesting to look at the most popular articles from our 226 citations. They are listed below but reflect the range of facial plastic surgery. Surgical Anatomy of the Face was my first major book and still my favorite. I was able to work with Kathleen Makielski, an amazing surgeon and artist, to create illustrations that clearly and beautifully demonstrated key anatomical relationships. Its popularity shows the importance of anatomy to surgeons. The second was my first major research combining my undergraduate work in mathematics and computer science with skin flap design. We used finite element analysis, an engineering technique, to examine how to best close wounds. It is an example to show why the best science is frequently found at the intersection of different disciplines. The third is one of the first papers to apply outcomes analysis to cosmetic procedures so they can be measured, and therefore our techniques improved. The fourth was an exciting study to look at gamma interferon to control poor scarring. Unfavorable scarring is probably the most important problem in plastic surgery and the study showed promise. The fifth was our clinical paper on how to treat unfavorable scarring using practical techniques. The sixth was another important anatomical study that demonstrated blood flow in the nasal tip and that the open incision didn’t significantly impact blood flow to the tip and thus was safe. The seventh was a review of our experience with 3D imaging. This is so important now in our practice with our new 3D imaging and analysis system- The Aesthetic Studio. The eighth was one of my first major papers when I was doing a lot of facial trauma and helped inform decisions on how to manage frontal sinus fractures. The ninth was my second major book, this one on facial reconstruction in which we designed algorithms to help surgeons decide which technique to use for a given defect. It has become a “go to” resource for many young surgeons. The tenth was a practical study which looked at the long-term outcomes of using demineralized bone for nasal implants. It showed these implants used to make the nose profile stronger didn’t always last well over time. Negative studies are good for patient care also!
We will keep doing good research and publishing to help our patients and improve their knowledge base of facial plastic surgery. Here are our “top ten” and a link to the rest- http://bit.ly/TLCSeattle