Introduction

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      Gregory H. Branham, MD, Editor
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      Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, FRCPC, Editor
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      Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, FAAD, Editor
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      Smita R. Ramanadham, MD, FACS, Editor
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      Allan E. Wulc, MD, FACS, Editor
      The desire for cosmetic surgery has infiltrated corners of society never seen before and is only expected to grow in the years ahead. As the number of cosmetic surgery procedures continues to rise throughout the world, so too do the number of specialists who perform these important procedures. When working with a patient to create their ideal image, it’s critical to have the most current resources available to guide your practice and inform your decisions.
      Advances in Cosmetic Surgery, now in its fourth volume, aims to highlight the year’s latest advancements and breakthroughs in the field of cosmetic surgery. Experts from the 4 core skin specialties, including Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Oculoplastic Surgery, have come together to bring you, the reader, the most important advances in this rapidly evolving field.
      Reviews written by leading experts in the 4 specialties included in this issue include nonsurgical body contouring using electromagnetic radiation and radiofrequency ablation, laser treatment of scars, laser-assisted drug delivery, the use of stem cells and peels, nonsurgical rhinoplasty, lip lifts, hair restoration, and rejuvenation of the chest, breast, and body. Finally, dedicated articles discussing social media and the post-COVID cosmetic practice round out this issue. High-quality images and videos accompany many of the articles, helping to further deepen the reader’s understanding of these techniques and procedures. Whether you are planning to perform the procedures discussed here or are learning about them for the first time, we think you will find value in what this exciting series has to offer.
      The editors would like to thank the authors for their insightful contributions, and all the pioneers in this field working to bring us better tools, techniques, and ways of making the seemingly impossible possible for our patients.
      We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. It is our sincere hope that the articles presented here will help further break down barriers between specialties and shed new light on current cosmetic treatments.