The history of surgery in dermatology (“dermatologic surgery”) is rich with significant developments
and advances by multiple individuals. Only a few of these pioneers can be highlighted
in this report because of space limitations. My apologies to colleagues and friends who have
not been included or mentioned in this article. The Timeline: Major milestones in the history of
dermatologic surgery in this article tells some of the story. The biographic pieces on 15
outstanding physicians add additional detail and perspective. Many major developments have
occurred since 2000, but they are beyond the scope of this article.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 31:52-59 © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Stegman Papers is a biography of Dr. Samuel J. Stegman. The papers were collected by Dr.
Stegman during his lifetime as a dermatologic surgeon and leader. The manuscript includes a time
line of Dr. Stegman’s life and listing of his accomplishments, including significant publications.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 31:60-77 © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Modern medical use of injectable soft-tissue augmentation fillers has evolved from the
introduction of bovine collage implants to an array of synthesized materials in the current
domestic and foreign markets. The concept of augmentation has moved from simple lines,
scars, and wrinkles to revolumizing the aging face. A brief overview of the past, present,
and future injectable fillers is presented.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 31:78-87 © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The simultaneous advances in engineering, medicine, and molecular biology have accelerated
the pace of introductions of new light-based technologies in dermatology. In this
review, the authors examine recent advances in laser surgery as well as peer into the future
of energy-based cutaneous medicine. The future landscape of dermatology will almost
undoubtedly include (1) noninvasive imaging technologies and (2) improved “destructive”
modalities based on real-time feedback from the skin surface.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 31:88-97 © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Dermatologists encounter a wide range of cutaneous vascular lesions, including infantile
hemangiomas, port-wine stain birthmarks, arteriovenous malformations, venous malformations,
Kaposi sarcomas, angiosarcomas, and angiofibromas. Current treatment modalities to
reduce these lesions include topical and/or intralesional steroids, laser therapy, surgical
resection, and endovascular therapy. However, each method has limitations owing to recurrence,
comorbidities, toxicity, or lesion location. Photodynamic therapy, antiangiogenic therapy,
and evolving methods of sclerotherapy are promising areas of development that may mitigate
limitations of current treatments and offer exciting options for patients and their physicians.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 31:98-104 © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.