Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 240–245 | Cite as

Contributions of the First Female Plastic Surgeon to Modern-Day Rhytidectomies

  • David Ritchie
  • Amishav BreslerEmail author
  • Boris PaskhoverEmail author
Letter to the Editor


Dr. Suzanne Noël was a pioneer for female surgeons and made fundamental contributions to the field of plastic surgery. Her hallmark operation, the “petit operation,” defined the fundamental aspects to many modern rhytidectomies including the mini-lift and the short scar facelift. These contributions included camouflaging incisions in the hairline, limiting incision length, avoiding tension on the skin, meticulous handling of the skin edges, appropriate and precise vector placement, and staging operation when required. Through understanding the history of the fundamental principles on which rhytidectomy was constructed will help the cosmetic surgeon understand the nuances of this operation.

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Rhytidectomy Suzanne Noël Mini Face lift Cosmetic surgery Feminism 


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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saint George’s University School of Medicine, University Centre GrenadaSaint George’sGrenada
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck SurgeryRutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolNewarkUSA

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