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Aesthetics update June 2015

Aesthetics continues to be a dynamic field and as the Aesthetics Sub-editor I have had the privilege of being involved in many aspects of the specialty. Mid May saw the Annual Face Eyes Nose Conference in Coventry – both the...

Extracapsular dissection versus parotidectomy

This is a literature review of 16 papers using the PRISMA protocol. In comparing the two techniques, not surprisingly, they found that the extracapsular dissection had a reduced facial nerve paralysis, Frey syndrome and operation time but also a reduced...

How I Do It - Approaches to acne treatment: Nd:YAG laser

Acne is common among individuals who experience a condition of hyperactive pilosebaceous units (precipitation and mobility of keratinocytes). A specific T-cell mediated inflammatory response is the initiating event in acne pathogenesis, followed by comedone formation. The mechanism of inflammation is...

Mid-facial augmentation with malar implants

The authors guide us through facial augmentation using implants to restore volume and a youthful appearance. In today’s ‘selfie-obsessed’ culture, there is no other anatomical region which carries greater social prestige and importance, than a well-proportioned ‘youthful’ face. In particular,...

Further thoughts on hymenoplasty

The interesting and controversial article on hymenoplasty published in the Dec/Jan 16 issue of PMFA News is an example of what can happen when religion and culture clash with modern medicine. In my opinion, medicine and science should be pure...

Dermoscopy: an update and personal view

With skin cancer now at epidemic levels, early diagnosis is essential. Specialist Stephen Hayes advocates the use of dermoscopy as a triage tool and explains how to interpret the data. Melanoma skin cancer is now the UK’s fifth most common...

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....

Cosmetic labiaplasty – basic relevant anatomy and surgical considerations

Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Ewa Majdak-Paredes, explores the increasing demand for labiaplasty and the surgical techniques to obtain the best outcome for patients. It is recognised that there is an increasing demand for labiaplasty procedures including amongst teenagers. Genital dimensions in...

Liposuction

Liposuction continues to be the number one cosmetic surgical procedure performed world wide. This is a great tribute to Prof Yves-Gerard Illouz, who pioneered the use of suction assisted lipolysis, using blunt cannulae after tissue infiltration. The basic principles are...

Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics (Third edition)

The editors have taken a subject about which I am passionate and the contents list makes fascinating reading. I am also delighted to read that there is a demand for more vehicle controlled studies in dermatologic science – this is...

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: A Comprehensive Study Guide

This book was conceived as a simple study guide / aide memoire for those sitting the American board exams in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and indeed was largely written by residents approaching these exams, on the premise that they...

Plastic Surgery Volume 5: Breast

This volume covers all aspects of breast surgery from anatomy to aesthetic surgery and then breast reconstruction for oncological and developmental aetiologies. In particular, several well-written chapters discuss the complications of breast surgery and their management with special consideration of...