As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, it is appropriate to retrace some of the events that allowed the journal to become a reality. Its evolution certainly was not accomplished without some challenges along the way and of course not without the commitment and effort of a number of individuals.
The history of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery can be traced back to a small informal dinner at the now-defunct Gordon Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, in 1992. During the evening's conversation the topic of the importance and desirability of a dedicated journal in facial plastic surgery was discussed. The Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery,The Laryngoscope, and other journals included a section editor for facial plastic surgery and periodically included articles on the subject, but none were able to focus on facial plastic surgery in the depth we wished. The journal Facial Plastic Surgery, published by Thieme Medical Publishers (New York, New York), and initiated as well as edited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) past-president Gene Tardy, MD, and Tony R. Bull, FRCS, of London, England, was making progress but was international by design and not directly oriented toward the AAFPRS.