It fills me with pleasure when I receive letters from young colleagues asking when the second volume of the Manual of Aesthetic Surgery will finally appear as they have learned so much from the first volume. Naturally, there has also been constructive criticism, but the overwhelming majority of interested aesthetic/plastic surgeons see the manual as a standard work for gaining basic knowledge in the field of aesthetic surgery. If I have achieved this aim, the effort has been worthwhile.

Naturally, there will always be new methods, implants, and surgical materials. Aesthetic surgery, however, is no different from general surgery; there are clear guidelines that must be built upon to prevent errors and complications.

As aesthetic surgeons, we are often unable to define beauty, and we should not be swayed by fashion. What is said to be beautiful in the media today may be different again in a few years' time. The aesthetic surgeon must therefore impart timeless beauty through his creative work. The patient must feel good. Less is often more and overly aggressive aesthetic surgery is not my style.

During the 1980s and 1990s, I spent a lot of time at conferences in the USA and Brazil, but in the last few years I have been more active in Russia and China. I often receive invitations from these countries because of my Manual of Aesthetic Surgery,Volume 1, as aesthetic surgery is only just being developed there, and any knowledge in this field is extremely welcome. I have become acquainted with many competent plastic surgeons who are very interested in the field of aesthetics, particularly in Russia. The demand is also increasing in these countries.

I have a close relationship with the University of St. Petersburg through Prof. Malakhov, whose human qualities I admire just as much as his surgical skills.

Within Europe, our task is also to share our knowledge in aesthetic surgery. In doing this, doctors will make a substantial contribution to international understanding. The same applies to China where there is a great demand for knowledge in aesthetic surgery.Young doctors from this country have demonstrated their technical skill in my clinic.

I have already mentioned all of my medical colleagues in Volume 1 with whom I have been working since 1975 and have had the privilege to learn from, as well as everyone who has helped me on the way. In addition to these, I would also like to mention my long friendship with Prof. Ivo Pitanguy. I first visited Prof. Pitanguy at his clinic in Rio de Janeiro in 1972. Since then, Prof. Ivo Pitanguy has often taken part in conferences in Lindau and is always a very welcome guest in our home. His professional competence, his charm, his gentlemanly nature, his warm-heartedness and his ability to get things done, as well as his pioneering spirit and his love for aesthetic/plastic surgery have perhaps encouraged me to continue resolutely in this specialty and to pass on my knowledge to young colleagues. This young team of enthusiastic aesthetic/plastic surgeons at my clinic has also helped me to complete Volume 2 of the manual. For this, I would like to give particular thanks to Dr. med. Klaus Lang, Dr. med. Marian Stefan Mackowski and Dr. Manuel Stock for their assistance with the chapters on surgery of the abdominal wall and extremities, Dr. med. Frank Neidel for compiling the hair transplantation chapter, and Dr. Nico Roßmann for the photographic documentation and his marvelous care of patients on the ward. Dr. med. Kathrin Ledermann is responsible for adjuvant therapies at my clinic and helped me to compile the videos and texts about this area. My sincere thanks for this. I would like to thank Ms Annemarie Anzenbacher and Ms Karina Engelhardt for the clerical work and organization and my entire surgical and inpatient team who likewise gave up much time to compile the films and photographs.

My particular thanks naturally go to the Springer-Verlag and, in particular, Ms Gabriele Schröder, who has always been very patient with me and has not pressed me too much, despite my delays. I would like to thank Ms Ute Pfaff for the wonderful production of the volume and, last but not least, Mr Klaus Peter Prieur, who recorded the films in the operating room and edited and set them in the studio with much patience, skill, and originality.

The Manual of Aesthetic Surgery is brought to life by the excellent illustrations. Mr Hans Jörg Schütze created these in an ingenious way. He was present at the operations and drew every important stage. The first volume of this manual was only so successful because of his professional competence and perseverance. I offer him my warmest thanks for this.

Werner L. Mang

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