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Why is Aesthetic Nasal Reconstruction: Principles and Practice not published by a major medical publisher?

Several years ago, I decided to write a new book on aesthetic nasal reconstruction, informed by my 35 years of experience. The book would detail and extensively illustrate my up-to-date approach — the foundations of which are described in my previously published work, now amplified with my latest aesthetic principles and techniques.

Failing to appreciate the breadth of injuries and the expansive scope of techniques that must be applied to address them, major medical publishers offered me a contract for a single volume text. I maintained that a comprehensive book on this subject would require two volumes and thousands of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative photographs. 

The publishers refused to accommodate two volumes, stating that, commercially speaking, "Surgeons only want a 5-minute video." This comment, I believe, severely underestimates the needs and interests of surgeons, our field, and — ultimately — our patients.

For that reason, I decided to write the book exactly as I 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 nasal reconstruction.

I already have your other book(s). Why do I need this one?

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

  • 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 that many nasal reconstructions, or I don’t typically see "big, bad" defects. Why do I need this book?

As discussed in Dr. Paul Manson's review in Craniofacial Trauma & Reconstruction:

"In the procedures of nasal reconstruction are techniques essential to soft-tissue reconstruction anywhere in the face for us to learn and to improve our craft in the entire region...

Many parts of this book should be studied by all those in training or in practice in plastic surgery, for it is in the exploration of the authors' philosophy and techniques that we mature and grow, taking the defect seriously enough to spend the time with the patient talking, planning, and refining the options to have mutually understood goals of specific management...

These principles and the author's philosophy should be required reading for all of us seeking to perfect and improve our abilities to reconstruct challenging defects of the face."

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 deal with small and large defects to improve aesthetic and functional results.

Let's say you only have one reconstructive patient this year. Wouldn't it be worth learning how to drastically 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. 

Plus, you never know what case may come into your office and present an opportunity for you to perform interesting surgery, make a patient happy, improve 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 also be too narrow as only a small sliver of the possibilities — both in terms of defects and treatments — could possibly be shown. I purposefully chose not to create a video because I felt doing so may undermine a surgeon's ability to fully learn the subject.

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 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.