Peer Recognition: Game-Changers

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From Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Journal of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hamra's innovation, published in 1990 as the Deep Plane facelift, was the first major advance since the SMAS publication. He continued to develop and publish many articles, which are listed below.

Recently a comprehensive study was published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Journal of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, analyzing the past 50 years of aesthetic surgery articles in all of the plastic surgical journals worldwide. Out of these thousands of publications, the study authors selected the fifty most significant papers. Dr. Hamra was honored to have three of the fifty and he was the only facelift surgeon in the world whose publications were on the list.

"Aesthetic surgery has grown as a specialty over the last number of years and many of the important landmarks that reflect this evolution can be seen in our top 50 list of most cited papers. This list contains many first descriptions of exciting novel techniques and procedures, authored by many well-respected names in aesthetic surgery."

Joyce, Cormac W., Joyce, K. M., Kelly, John C., Kelly, Jack L., Carroll, Sean M., & Sugrue, Conor,
An Analysis of the "Classic" Papers in Aesthetic Surgery. Aesth Plast Surg 39:8–16, 2015.

The Composite Rhytidectomy

In 1993, Dr. Hamra created a textbook guide for plastic surgeons to the composite rhytidectomy.

From the publisher:

"This clinical atlas and CD combination provides the ideal educational mix for learning the technique for rhytidectomy. Heavily illustrated throughout, the volume reflects Dr. Hamra’s vast experience in aesthetic facial surgery. The book documents photographically and artistically the operative steps for this extensive face lift as well as techniques for aesthetic improvements to the chin, neck, nose, and skin. Postoperative results for each of these procedures are demonstrated, with special insights into the tips and tricks that help Dr. Hamra achieve the most aesthetic appearance for his patients."

The book was well received by the professional community and is still in use today. 

"One can only marvel at the elegance and clarity of this book produced by Dr. Hamra and the publishers. ...This is a wonderful book which can be strongly recommended to anyone who undertakes face lifting procedures."

— British Journal of Plastic Surgery


The Facelift Letdown

In 2009, Dr. Hamra created The Facelift Letdown in response to numerous requests for answers to the question; if a facelift is so "good," why do so many rich and famous people look so "bad"? This book is aimed at the consumer of plastic surgery and includes detailed information on the critical differences between facelift procedures as well as guidelines to selecting a qualified surgeon.

From the publisher:

The Facelift Letdown is a "breath of fresh air" for those seduced by the images of Dr. 90210, Nip/Tuck and the flashy cosmetic surgeons of Extreme Makeover. With substance and authority, Dr. Sam Hamra, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon, explains his groundbreaking surgical techniques and describes the five most common problems associated with a "bad" facelift; why, if a facelift is so "good," many rich and famous people look so "bad;" and most importantly, how you can interview your surgeon, determine the best procedure for you, and avoid costly facelift mistakes.

This timely book reflects Dr. Hamra's two decades of leadership in the field of cosmetic surgery. It is beautifully illustrated and contains many case studies and photographic histories from grateful and youthful-looking patients. It is a primer to avoid the problems of overdone surgery, frozen expressions, windswept looks and bizarre results for anyone considering a primary or secondary facelift.

Please contact our office at (214) 754-9001 for details on obtaining a complimentary copy of The Facelift Letdown.

Facelift LetDown Cover


Selected Scientific Publications:

 Dr. Hamra has published extensively in medical journals and has contributed chapters to several textbooks on plastic surgery.
A few of his papers include:

Lemmon, M.L. & Hamra, S.T., Skoog Rhytidectomy: A Five Year Experience. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 65:3, 1980.

Hamra, S.T., The Deep-Plane Rhytidectomy. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 86:53, 1990.

Hamra, S.T., Composite Rhytidectomy. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 90:1, 1992.

Hamra, S.T., Composite Rhytidectomy. St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, 1993.

Hamra, S.T., Repositioning the Orbicularis Oculi Muscle in the Composite Rhytidectomy. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 90:14, 1992.

Hamra, S.T., Arcus Marginalis Release and Orbital Fat Preservation in Midface Rejuvenation. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 96:354, 1995.

Hamra, S.T., The Role of Orbital Fat Preservation in Facial Aesthetic Surgery: A New Concept. Clinics in Plastic Surgery 23:17. 1996.

Hamra, S.T., The Zygorbicular Dissection in Composite Rhytidectomy: An Ideal Midface Plane. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 102:5, 1998.

Hamra, S.T., Periorbital Rejuvenation in Composite Rhytidectomy. Operative Techniques in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol 5, No 2 (May) 1998: pp 155-162.

Hamra, S.T., Frequent Facelift Sequelae: Hollow Eyes and the Lateral Sweep: Cause and Repair. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 102:5, 1998.

Hamra, S.T., Prevention and Correction of the "Face-lifted" Appearance. Facial Plastic Surgery 16:3, 2000.

Hamra, S.T., The Role of the Septal Reset in Creating a Youthful Eye-Cheek Complex in Facial Rejuvenation. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 113:2124, 2004.

Hamra, S.T., Building the Composite Face Lift: A Personal Odyssey, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 138: 85-96, 2016.

Invited for presentations

Dr. Hamra has traveled the globe sharing his expertise with other surgeons.
A partial listing of these conferences includes:


American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Association of Plastic Surgeons
British Society of Plastic Surgeons
French Society of Plastic Surgeons
Spanish Society of Plastic Surgeons
Swedish Society of Plastic Surgeons
Italian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Scandinavian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Russian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Israel Society of Plastic Surgeons
Lebanese Society of Plastic Surgeons
Libyan Society of Plastic Surgeons
Bulgarian Society of plastic surgeons
Middle East Society of Plastic Surgeons
Egyptian Society of Plastic Surgeons
German Society of Plastic Surgeons
Mexican Society of Plastic Surgeons
Venezuelan Society of Plastic Surgeons
Columbia Society of Plastic Surgeons
Argentina Society of Plastic Surgeons
Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgeons