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How I Do It - Treating skin flaccidity with the Fotona V-SMOOTH protocol

Unwanted fat, cellulite and flaccidity are three of the top reasons for consultation in aesthetic medicine in relation to body contouring. After the age of 30, the production of collagen and elastin decreases, so our skin starts to loose firmness...

Looking unusual: what it’s like and how skin camouflage can help

Appearance matters, nowadays more than ever. We live in a global culture where a smooth, blemish-free and consistent complexion, symmetrical features and perfect teeth are highly prized and believed to be the passport to happiness and success. If you are...

Plastic surgery and safety issues: a patient perspective

Patient safety in the unregulated world of cosmetic plastic surgery is now an extremely serious global issue. The media is always ready to sensationalise disasters but what can be done to prevent them? One key issue is the concept of...

Could a technology from the past change skin disinfection for the future?

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to argue that the field of medicine has seen some of the most significant scientific advances of the past 100 years: the cracking of genetic coding, the advances in pharmacology, the development of biopharmaceuticals and the...

Sushruta and Indian rhinoplasty

Vijay Pothula explains rhinoplasty’s roots in ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and how it was introduced to the Western world. In 1794 The Gentleman’s Magazine published a surgical operation which was long established in India but unknown in Europe [1]. A...

ICAD 2022 - International Congress of Aesthetic Dermatology

ICAD Returns ICAD is one of the leading aesthetic dermatology congress in Asia, attracting over 1500 participants and 70 speakers from 56 countries. It was born out of long-term collaboration between the Dermatological Society of Thailand (DST) and Euromedicom, a...

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 5) - Who is the Judge?

I wonder what Vanessa is thinking right now. If she can even think. A torrent of images, regrets, what ifs. The onslaught must be so great, no wonder the normal response is for the mind and the body to shut down? Depression.

Follow-up interview with Mr Miles Berry Consultant Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon

The editor’s clarification Andrew Burd: Miles, many thanks indeed for giving the interview that appeared in the first issue of PMFA News (see PMFA News 1(1):24). I read this with great interest as some very topical and sensitive issues were...

Letter from Hong Kong (6 January 2022)

So now we are entering the third year of this global pandemic. It is changing, evolving and is bringing out the very best and the very worst in humanity. Science and scientists have had a real bashing, but then who by? Quacks, aardvarks and gobbeldygooks. Looking back is looking forward.

Introducing ReSurge Africa

I have just stepped down from the chairmanship of the charity ReSurge Africa. First of all a bit of background... This charity was founded in 1992 by JC Mustarde, a well known ophthalmic plastic surgeon, working at Canniesburn Plastic Surgery...

A possible role for adipose tissue-derived stem cells in modulation of keloid scarring

Keloid scarring remains a challenging clinical problem due to both resistance to treatment as well as high rates of recurrence. Research into possible treatments is also hindered by keloid scarring being a uniquely human phenomenon. Recent evidence supports a role...

Comparison of intralesional verapamil versus intralesional corticosteroids in treatment of keloids and hypertrophic scars

This paper by Abedini et al., is a randomised observer blinded controlled trial comparing the efficacy, safety profile, and recurrence rates of intralesional verapamil versus intralesional triamcinolone acetonide in the treatment of keloid and hypertrophic scars. Whilst corticosteroids represent the...