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FAQs

Dr. Menick's other books were published by a major medical publisher. Why wasn't this one? 

Several years ago, Dr. Menick decided to write his magnum opus on aesthetic nasal reconstruction to detail and extensively illustrate his up-to-date approach.

Failing to appreciate the breadth of injuries and the expansive scope of techniques 
that must be applied to address them, major medical publishers offered him contracts for a single-volume text. 

Dr. Menick maintained that a comprehensive book on the subject would require two volumes and thousands of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative photographs.

Publishers refused to accommodate two volumes, claiming that "At the end of the day, what surgeons really want is the shortcut ... the 5-minute video."

This comment, Dr. Menick believes, severely underestimates the needs and interests of surgeons, the field, and — ultimately — patients. So, he decided to write the book exactly as envisioned without the support of a major medical publisher. 

The result is Aesthetic Nasal Reconstruction Principles and Practice, a unique and complete resource for surgeons interested in facial and nasal reconstruction.

I already have Dr. Menick's other book(s). Why do I need this one?

This book shares more than a decade of new experience and insight since Dr. Menick's last major publication (Nasal Reconstruction Art and Practice, 2008) and nearly 25 years since his book with Dr. Burget (Aesthetic Reconstruction of the Nose, 1994)

Even if you already have Dr. Menick's previous publications, this one is essential because:

  • Concepts are described in way that is more comprehensive, detailed, and clear than ever before.

  • A vast range of defects are explored as are multiple techniques and options for correction with full explanations of when and why to choose one over the other.

  • Greater emphasis is placed on choices and planning so you'll have a deep understanding of how to think through problems and create solutions for virtually any defect.

  • In-depth discussions explain how to deal with complications in your own cases, plus how to approach revisions/redos of other surgeons’ work.

I don’t do very many nasal reconstructions, or I don’t typically see patients with "big, bad" defects like Dr. Menick does. Why do I need this book?

As Dr. Mark Constantian says in his PRS review:

"Dr. Menick’s new book will be the unimpeachable standard reference work... Surgeons who close facial defects from any cause will find it invaluable." 

The principles and techniques of analysis and tissue transfer are useful in all surgery, not just nasal reconstruction. This book covers both old and new techniques to improve aesthetic and functional results.

Let's say you only have one reconstructive patient this year...

Wouldn't it be worth sharpening your skills to improve her result?

Maybe you don't often get "big, bad" cases...

A "small, simple" defect does not equate to an easy repair with an excellent outcome. Many patients with "small, simple" defects are very unhappy with their results — and for good reason. 

You never know what case may enter your office and present an opportunity for you to perform interesting surgery, make a patient happy, strengthen your reputation in the community, and develop a unique practice. 
 

Why doesn't this book come with a video/DVD?

It is impossible to address the enormous variety of potential problems and solutions relevant to aesthetic nasal reconstruction in a single volume, which is why Aesthetic Nasal Reconstruction Principles and Practice is two volumes of nearly 1,600 pages with 6500+ pre-, intra-, and post-op images.

Similarly, a video or even a series of videos would be too narrow in scope. Only a small sliver of the possibilities — both in terms of defects and treatments — could possibly be shown. Dr. Menick purposefully chose not to create a video because he felt doing so may undermine a surgeon's ability to fully learn the subject and apply those learnings to any and all defects.

True mastery comes from being able to evaluate a problem, consider the options, and apply them as needed based on a given situation. Showing specific cases and techniques would place undue weight on them whereas the book teaches everything one needs to know about nasal reconstruction in generous and necessary detail.

Is Dr. Menick offering live, in-person instruction of his nasal reconstruction techniques?

Yes, Dr. Menick is a frequently invited speaker and has lectured at medical society meetings, symposiums, and plastic surgery training programs in more than 30 countries.

For details on upcoming appearances, please view his lecture schedule.

Do you ship outside of the United States?

Yes! We appreciate the enormous amount of interest we've received from surgeons across the globe and want to make the book as widely available as possible. 

I would like to place a bulk order. Who should I contact?

Please send a message regarding your request to katharine@drmenick.com.

I have other questions. Who can help me?

Please email katharine@drmenick.com for assistance.