Tranexamic acid and platelet rich plasma in the treatment of melasma: efficacy and safety

Melasma is a common, acquired, progressive, often symmetrical macular hypermelanosis that is usually localised on the face and more frequently on the forehead, upper lip, central and malar area of the face. It is triggered by a variety of factors,...

The importance of nitric oxide in medicine

The harmful effects exerted upon living and injured tissues by free radicals have been explored since the 1980s. Now in 2021 the free radical nitric oxide (NO) is not just a figment of imagination; it is known as one of...

Non-ablative Er:YAG-laser treatment of female patterned hair loss

Female patterned hair loss (FPHL) is the most common hair loss disorder in women. Initial symptoms may lead to progressive hair loss [1]. FPHL has emerged as the preferred term for androgenetic alopecia (AGA) in women due to the uncertain...

Profile of a tertiary referral oculoplastics service in the UK

The provision of safe and effective ophthalmic care to large patient populations has always been challenging. Severe restrictions of outpatient clinical activity due to the COVID-19 crisis has compounded this problem, with 26,800 appointments cancelled in our unit in the...

Integrating lifestyle factors into aesthetic practice

The COVID-19 pandemic will long be remembered as the most significant global disaster of recent times. As its effects have been observed and investigated there has been an increased focus and attention drawn to lifestyle and how this can impact...

Recurrent corneal erosions secondary to isotretinoin use

This article originally appeared in Eye News Dec/Jan 2021 Isotretinoin (13–cis-retinoic acid) is the first line treatment for moderate to severe nodulocystic or papulopustular acne [1,2]. Although it is a safe medication, it has several adverse side-effects, including ophthalmic manifestations,...

Safety and risks of local anaesthesia and regional blocks in plastic surgery

The current COVID-19 pandemic has introduced unprecedented risks associated with intubation and general anaesthesia with the potential transmission of a novel and potentially fatal airborne disease. Local anaesthesia, when used appropriately, can provide safe and effective analgesia without the risks...

New game, new playing field: plastic surgery interviews in COVID-19

COVID-19 has drastically altered social norms. Anyone who dares to shake your hand, step within a two metre radius, or not wear their face mask is awarded disapproving looks. These public health precautions are now impacting plastic surgery residency recruitment,...

Novel picosecond handpieces for the treatment of pigmentation

Pigmentary disorders are common; several treatment modalities are available, ranging from topical therapy to chemical peels and lasers. The advent of ultrashort pulsed picosecond lasers (PSL) has transformed the way tattoos and benign pigmented lesions are treated. Unlike long-pulsed lasers...

Adapting to change in clinical practice: a post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation case

This article has been verified for CPD. Click the button below to answer a few short questions and download a form to be included in your CPD folder. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) secondary to any inflammatory cause or cutaneous injury is...

Emerging from 2020 – positive stories from the world of aesthetics

2020 was the year of shifting our mindset, pivoting our business and our priorities, whilst quickly adapting and responding to change, uncertainty and negativity. For some, this past year brought extraordinary hardship and suffering and for others, unexpected, but welcome...

The creation of PlayDoh® models as an educational tool for teaching anatomy of the lips and peri-oral musculature

As lip procedures continue to be popular it is essential that all practitioners have a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the area. The authors outline an innovative and engaging method of teaching. Detailed knowledge of the soft tissue anatomy...