Ethnic characteristics of the hair

The authors of this article discuss various aspects of ethnic differences in the field of hair restoration. They categorise three ethnic groups: Asian, White and African. In the article anatomic and hair characteristics are introduced. Understanding the follicle shape, calibre...

Coupler microvascular anastomoses: how good?

This is a paper written by a group of reconstructive surgeons and school of computing. This study used computational fluid dynamics to model blood flow through ‘idealised sutured and coupled’ vessels. They investigate if the anastomotic technique affects intra vascular...

USA resident working patterns and on-call

As debate rages at home regarding the uneasy relationship between the restriction on trainees’ working hours, on-call patterns and the goals and outcomes of plastic surgery training programmes, it is interesting to read of similar concerns across the Atlantic. This...

Simplification measure for costal cartilage grafting

The scalpel is currently the instrument used by most surgeons for carving costal cartilage grafts. However, this method is time consuming, requires a high degree of skill, and is far from ideal for reproducibly attaining uniform slices, even in expert...

The supraclavicular artery flap for head and neck reconstruction

Free tissue transfer has been manifested to be the primary reconstructive tool for major ablative defects of the head and neck. However, many patients are not good candidates for free tissue transfer because of their medical comorbidities or lack of...

Traumatic split earlobe repair using double triangular skin flaps

Split earlobes are a common secondary deformity of the ear. Numerous techniques have been described to repair a traumatic split earlobe and break the linear scar. However, most of the techniques require elevation of additional flaps from normal surrounding tissue...

The many uses of human amnion

Human amnion has been the focus of myth and superstition. To be born with the ‘caul’ intact was considered lucky and this was transferable, including legitimate selling e.g. caul amulets. In 1910 foetal membranes were first used for transplantation and...

Social media usage by UK plastic surgeons

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, RealSelf, YouTube and Research gate are used by British plastic surgeons, as well as website ownership. Sixty-two percent of plastic surgeons had websites (some shared) – a rise from 36% in 2011. The message is directed to...

Electrochemotherapy for BCCs

A remarkable account of an effective non-surgical treatment for basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). Electrochemotherapy (ECT) consists of making the area surrounding the lesion temporarily permeable using electric pulses (under local anaesthesia), then bleomycin is administered to the area. The treatment...

A clinical update on the management of giant congenital melanocytic naevi

The senior author (RM Zuker) presents a discussion with evidence, on the controversies and shift in the treatment paradigm for giant congenital melanocytic naevi (GCMN). On review of the current literature the overall incidence of melanoma in GCMN is 0.7...

Publish or perish

Most doctors have submitted papers and very rarely is the paper accepted outright. In fact the majority are not accepted initially. Not to worry, you are in good company. Only 9% of 6000 manuscripts submitted annually to the Journal of...

Optimal placement of brachioplastic scars

The authors present the findings of a survey evaluating four different types of brachioplasty scars. Scars examined were either medial, placed in the bicipital groove (both straight and sinusoidal) or posterior, placed in the brachial sulcus (both straight and sinusoidal)....