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The first edition of this book was printed in 4 languages and was the bestselling textbook on cosmetic dermatology worldwide (or so I have been told). There are many people to thank for this and the many wonderful things that have occurred in the last 6 years. First I would like to thank Dr. Stephen Mandy who took me in as a newly graduated resident in 1997, and let me and my husband live with him for two weeks while he taught me about the newly emerging field of cosmetic dermatology. (I learned to inject collagen on his secretary!) That was the beginning of what has now been an 11-year friendship. Dr. Francisco Kerdel negotiated my first job and office space and he and Dr. William Eaglstein mentor me to this day. They were thanked in the first edition but I will never be able to thank them enough for what they have done for me.

This year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine decided to create the Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute (CMRI), which consists of cosmetic dermatology, oculoplastic surgery, facial plastic surgery and nutrition. The role of this multi-specialty institute is to provide cutting edge dermatologic and surgical procedures to enhance appearance. By combining accomplished physicians from the various cosmetic specialties, the Institute can offer patients the expertise of many different types of physicians in order to achieve the best outcome. The mission of the Institute is to perform research in the area of cosmetic medicine, and many genetic initiatives to look for the genetic influences on appearance have begun. In addition, the CMRI will provide training to physicians on cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic procedures. (See for more information.)

I am very proud to announce that I have been selected to be the Director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. For this honor I would like to thank several people for believing in me and giving me this opportunity:

Pascal Goldschmidt, MD (the Dean of the University of Miami Medical School) – Dr. Goldschmidt is a true visionary and a leader in the field of the genetic influences in atherosclerosis. He opened the doors to basic science research for me and shared his genetic research team with me until I could find funding. In addition, he did the great honor of introducing me to Bart Chernow, MD and William O’Neil, MD (both of whom are Vice Deans at the University of Miami). The three of them appointed me Director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute and gave me one of the most wonderful opportunities of my life. Dr. Chernow is a brilliant man and a true magician because he can pull all kinds of opportunities and ideas and innovations “out of his hat.” I consider Bart and his wife Peggy good friends and I thank them both for their support.

I would like to thank David Seo, MD, my partner on the genetic trials, for his patience in getting me up to speed on genetic research. My fingers are crossed that we will discover great things together in the next 2 years. Thanks to the doctors who are a part of the CMRI and have chapters in this text. They have all taught me so much and are great to work with: Drs. Lisa Grunebaum, Joely Kaufman, Wendy Lee, Heather Woolery-Lloyd, and Larissa Zaulyanov-Scanlan. Thanks to Neal Shapiro for handling the financial aspect of the Institute so that I can concentrate on my true loves…seeing patients and performing research. Huge hugs and thanks to Susan Schaffer-RN who is my great friend, confidant, and Head of Nursing for the CMRI. She travels around the world with me, lecturing on cosmetic issues and helping to keep me sane. Edmund Weisberg-you are hilarious and fun to work with. I would never have written the first edition of this book without you! Stephanie and Fransheley-you have worked with me for many years and I have loved it and I look forward to MANY more.

I would like to thank Catherine Drayton and Richard Pine, my book agents for my NY Times bestselling book called “The Skin Type Solution” (Bantam 2005) ( They negotiated an unprecedented book deal for me and are the best in the field. I first unveiled the Baumann Skin Typing System in this book. Catherine-Thanks for all the attention that you give to me in spite of the fact that we live on opposite sides of the world (and thanks for taking me sailing with you in Australia when I was there for the book launch-that was SO COOL!). I will never forget the support that Irwin Applebaum and his amazing team at Bantam Dell (a division of Random House) gave The Skin Type Solution when it launched. Phillip Rappaport is a great editor and friend.

I would like to thank my family, to whom this book is dedicated. My husband Roger and my sons Robert and Max are a constant source of joy and strength for me. I love cooking with them! I am fortunate to be very close with both my mother, Lynn McClendon, and my mother-in-law, Josie Kenin. They are great role models and friends and I am very lucky to have them. Thanks to my friends Jill Cooper, Melina Goldstein, Sofie Matz and Debbie Kramer for listening to me and keeping me calm.

Dr. Sogol Saghari, who was my fellow for one year and now has a dermatology practice in Los Angeles, made huge contributions to this book. She helped on the first draft of many of the chapters. She is a brilliant dermatologist and an incredibly nice person. I was so lucky to have her as a fellow. Thanks to all the doctors who contributed to the chapters in this book. Special thanks to Mohammed Lotfy, MD, who was available 24 hours a day helping me with literature searches and drawing the illustrations. He is one of the most dedicated dermatologists I have ever met. Inja Bogdan, MD and Maria Paz Castanedo-Tardan, MD were also fellows that contributed chapters and have great careers ahead of them.

And last but certainly not least-I would like to thank Anne Sydor for convincing me to write the second edition of this book. I never would have been able to get up at 5am and get this done if you had not encouraged me. Thanks for being my cheerleader and for lighting a fire in me to get this done … FINALLY! I am so proud of this book and poured my soul into it. I hope that all of you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Leslie Baumann, MD

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