Fifth Avenue Plastic Surgeon Charles K. Herman, MD, FACS, Coedits a Best-Selling Encyclopedia Dedicated to Body Contouring Plastic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss

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Plastic surgery textbook entitled "Encyclopedia of Body Sculpting After Massive Loss" is coedited by plastic surgeon Charles K. Herman, M.D., and has become a reference in the field of body contouring and an international best-seller from renowned publisher Thieme

According to statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, body contouring surgery after massive weight loss has demonstrated an incredible growth in popularity in the past decade, with an almost 200% increase in the number of procedures performed. This has resulted from improved results from dieting, exercise, and weight-loss surgeries, including gastric bypass, lap banding, and stomach stapling procedures. Some patients experience weight loss of 100, 200, or even 300 pounds. This massive weight loss, however, creates new cosmetic and functional problems from excess hanging skin that can cause severe contour deformities. Despite the popularity of these surgeries, few textbooks have been published that are dedicated to this subject.

"Encyclopedia of Body Sculpting After Massive Weight Loss" is a comprehensive textbook edited by acclaimed plastic surgeon, Charles K. Herman, M.D. Dr. Herman is Chairman of Surgery at Pocono Health Systems in Pennsylvania and a faculty member at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, with offices on Fifth Avenue in New York and in Stroudsburg, PA. He is the author of over 40 textbooks, textbook chapters, and journal articles. He has been featured in many media outlets, including a recent appearance on the popular cable television show American Chopper, where his charitable facial and nasal reconstructive surgery of an American soldier injured in Iraq was filmed on the show, garnered international attention, and was seen by over one million viewers during its first airing alone.

Over 40 authors from around the world were gathered by the editors, Dr. Herman and Dr. Berish Strauch, to contribute chapters on almost every subject pertinent to surgery on the weight loss patient. The textbook begins with chapters on nutrition, anesthesia, psychology, and patient safety. The remainder of the textbook features chapters on abdominoplasty, body lifting, brachioplasty (arm lift), thigh lift, facelift, and breast augmentation and breast lift. The foreword to the textbook as well as one of the facelifting chapters is authored by Ivo Pitanguy, M.D., one of the fathers of modern plastic surgery. A DVD video accompanies the textbook, featuring live-recorded video footage of surgery performed by Dr. Herman and contributors from many regions of the world, including the United States, Mexico, France, Brazil, and Italy. The encyclopedia is unique in that its includes as well as compares surgical techniques from surgeons from different countries, demonstrating differing approaches to the same plastic surgery problems.

The textbook was released at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Toronto, Canada, and has become a best-seller in the field. More information about the textbook is available at and through Dr. Herman's website at


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