Facial Plast Surg 2011; 27(1): 005-015
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1270418
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Patient Analysis and Selection in Aging Face Surgery

Kian Karimi1 , Peter Adamson1
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Publication Date:
18 January 2011 (online)


Advances in health, increased awareness of preventative medicine, and evolution have led to an increasingly older population worldwide. Surgical aesthetic facial rejuvenation has become increasingly popular, more accessible, and has lost much of the stigma that it once carried. This review will discuss proper patient analysis and selection for aging face surgery, including medical, anatomic, and psychosocial factors that are involved. Although the novice facial plastic surgeon typically focuses on facial analysis and operative techniques in aging face surgery, we caution that the patient's expectations, psychosocial comorbidities, and perioperative interpersonal experiences are the most important factors that yield patient satisfaction, which is the prime outcome that is meaningful in elective cosmetic surgery.


Peter A AdamsonM.D. F.R.C.S.C. F.A.C.S. 

Professor and Head, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto

150 Bloor Street West, Suite M110, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 2X9

Email: paa@dradamson.com