INTRO

Overview of the thesis with the Table of Contents.

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CHAPTER 1. AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF ACADEMIC AND SURGICAL KNOWLEDGE OF FACIAL NERVE ANATOMY

The first chapter is an extensive and historically relevant literature review on the anatomy and nomenclature of the facial nerve rami.

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CHAPTER 2. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOFT TISSUE STRUCTURES AND VISIBLE LANDMARKS AND THE AGING CHANGES OF THE FACE

The second chapter covers the anatomy of soft tissue planes, spaces and retaining ligaments as well as the relationship between the soft tissue structures and visible landmarks as the face ages. It was published as a chapter in the International Textbook of Aesthetic Surgery, Editors Scuderi and Toth, co-written with Dr. Bryan Mendelson.

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CHAPTER 3. LANDMARKS FOR LOCATING THE FACIAL NERVE TRUNK

The third chapter describes the landmarks for locating the facial nerve trunk and was published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

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CHAPTER 4. LORE’S FASCIA AND THE PLATYSMA-AURICULAR LIGAMENT

Chapter 4 explains the difference between Lore’s fascia and the platysma auricular ligament, which are commonly confused and used interchangeably in the literature. Also, the safety of the facial nerve trunk when placing platysma suspension sutures was discussed. The article was published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

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CHAPTER 5. THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE FACIAL NERVE RAMI TO THE LOWER PRE- MASSETER SPACE

Chapter 5 describes the relationship of the marginal mandibular nerve branches of the facial nerve to the lower premasseter space. Supported by extraordinary anatomic dissection images, this article provides evidence of marginal mandibular nerve branches exiting the masseteric fascia and perforating the platysma along the course of the mandibular septum. This original but unpublished research provides subject for thought and further research.

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CHAPTER 6. THE SOFT TISSUE STRUCTURES OF THE TEMPORAL REGION

Chapter 6 is a literature review and dissection study of the soft tissue layers and retaining ligaments of the temporal region, to clarify both the anatomy as well as the nomenclature which was conflicting in literature, and was published in the Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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CHAPTER 7. THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE FACIAL NERVE RAMI TO THE SOFT TISSUE STRUCTURES OF THE TEMPORAL REGION

Chapter 7 is the final chapter and describes the relationship of the facial nerve rami to the soft tissue layers described in chapter six, and was published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

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REFERENCES 

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