Acid Survivors Trust International

The shocking acid attack on two British nationals in Zanzibar in August 2013 drew attention to a little known and under-reported form of interpersonal violence. Acid attack is a particularly vicious form of a premeditated assault, where acid is thrown,...

The future and a summary of the past

From liposuction to adipose stem cells; from regenerative medicine to tissue engineering; and a vision of the future. Part 3 Adipose stem cells There is a major clinical need for strategies that adequately reconstruct the soft tissue defects after deep...

Cutting it fine online: social media and reputation management on the web

Social media is an amazing tool which, in its finest form, can be utilised to heighten your profile, increase brand awareness, promote your services, and fruitfully interact with colleagues, patients and the public. It is important, however, to remember that...

Durjoy – the Hong Kong story

I am appending this account to the previous article in order to illustrate how complex the reconstruction can be after an acid assault. Durjoy had acid poured into his mouth by his paternal aunt. It was a matter of inheritance....

Brazilian butt lift: large volume fat grafting with water jetstream assisted liposuction

Liposculpture involving fat transfer to the buttocks (‘Brazilian butt lift’) has experienced a dramatic increase in demand in recent years. Popular tabloid celebrities have fuelled the demand for this procedure, resulting in large numbers of patients requesting buttock enhancement surgery....

The role of maxillomandibular advancement surgery in obstructive sleep apnoea

Facial surgery for the correction of acquired or developmental skeletal and occlusal abnormalities has been practised within the scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) for several decades. OMFS surgeons have an understanding of the influence of skeletal movements on...

How will Keogh impact non-surgical services?

Following the PIP implant scandal of 2010, The Department of Health (DH) commissioned a review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions in September 2012. In April 2013, following extensive consultation the review panel published its recommendations. The recommendations set out...

Perspectives on: 
Polyurethane covered breast implants

The manufacturer’s viewpoint: Myths, failures and the regulation of the modern breast implant. The modern day silicone breast implant industry was created with the Dow Corning prosthesis, first used in the USA in 1962. Since its introduction into the market...

The arguments for polyurethane covered breast implants in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery

The surgeon’s viewpoint Medical grade silicone has been used for breast augmentation since the 1960s and is the preferred base material to use as the filler in breast implants. Cohesive gel silicone implants are now exclusively available in the UK....

Combined procedures: lipo-abdominoplasty and lipo-inner thighplasty (string technique) and face rejuvenation

From liposuction to adipose stem cells; from regenerative medicine to tissue engineering; and a vision of the future. Part 2 With the evolution of superficial suction lipectomy in the 1990’s the need for skin resection became less common and the...

The role of the maxillo-facial surgeon in the management of skull base malignancy

Whilst ablative surgery remains the principal treatment option for head and neck malignancy, the skull base is the last frontier. The complex anatomy, supreme functionality of the brain, and varied pathology provokes many a detailed discussion in the multidisciplinary team...

Response to the Keogh Review

On 13 February 2014 the UK Government published its response to the Keogh Review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulation-of-cosmetic-interventions-government-response). This response has been much anticipated by the fields of plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine and inevitably has provoked...