This book is a result of a professional life devoted to achieving the muscular, athletic or attractive forms that are currently in demand. There are over 250 pages of high quality text, photographs and illustrations.

It is conveniently divided into four sections covering art and science, the male patient, the female patient and postoperative considerations. This book gives equal weight to both art and science discussing the human form as art and exploring proportions and ideals. The extensive discussion of symmetry, proportions and human anatomy makes for fascinating reading and outlines the scaffolding on which the superficial soft tissues are draped. Individual areas and muscles are discussed and procedures performed in that area. The concept of human sculpting and lipoplasty is covered and the text carefully explains the nuances of subtle irregularities that contrast with angles and surfaces of the human form to present a whole picture of beauty.

The sections that deal with preoperative assessment and preparation are particularly useful, discussing individual areas of the body and also going through a consent process. There are chapters on anaesthesia and tumescent preparation, and VASER technology and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty are explored in great detail with good illustrations and colour photographs. There is a well written chapter on fat metabolism and the principles of grafting.

The sections on the male and female patient address specific areas and all have introductions and information about incisions, preoperative planning and marking, and then the procedures. Excellent quality photographs complement the text.

Postoperative complications are dealt with in the last section of the book. This part is more a compilation of complications with only a limited discussion. Nonetheless it is very comprehensive.

While experts in the field might find a few omissions in the detail and operative procedures, this book achieves its aim of providing surgeons with an introduction to advanced lipoplasty techniques. It provides an insight into the art and practice of high definition body sculpting. The authors’ zeal and methodical thinking are imparted to the book and it is likely to prove useful to doctors involved in aesthetic surgery, even if just to understand how the frontiers of surgery have moved in line with patient demands.

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