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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...

How I Do It - Otoplasty: Anterior scoring technique

Standard intraoperative preparation and draping is carried out. The ear is folded back and the intended antihelix (antihelical fold) is marked (Figure 1). Tattooing of the new antihelix, using a blue needle and ink, is done. It is inserted through...

Perceptions and Deceptions a personal blog by the editor 19 May 2016

Should we be astonished to hear that the Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary who has created the greatest manpower crisis in the NHS in the past fifty years should now say that he is not actually an academic...

Non invasive simple reshaping of pinnae

The authors of this paper show the results of a prospective controlled in vivo animal model study where the pinnae of 18 New Zealand white rabbits were subjected to electromechanical reshaping (EMR) and three months postoperative splinting. Six voltage and...

Practising surgery in a war zone: an interview with Dr Volodymyr Melnyk

It is now nine months since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine commenced in late February 2022, with Putin announcing a “special military operation” to “denazify and demilitarise” Ukraine. The rest of the world, however, saw it for what it...

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...

Filleting the lobule in otoplasty

The correction of lobular deformities continues to represent a challenge during otoplasty, due to its three major anatomic components: the axial angular protrusion, the coronal angular protrusion and the inherent shape. These aspects make controlled lobule repositioning less predictable. The...

The First World War and the Development of Facial Surgery

Facial surgery has a history stretching to antiquity, but its success depended on luck until medical science had advanced enough to deal with three major issues – infection, surgical shock from blood loss and good anaesthesia. It was not until...

Perceptions and Deceptions a personal blog by the editor 22 Apr 2016

The junior doctors in the UK are facing the reality that if they hold steady there is the very real prospect that ‘an elite group of professional people’ can topple a corrupt and dishonest Government and restore the balance of...

How I Do It - Otoplasty

Otoplasty techniques to correct ear prominence can be broadly divided in two categories. Suturing techniques and scoring or weakening techniques. Suturing is the approach we prefer, due to more predictable results and less occurrence of non-correctable complications. Suturing techniques involve...

Obituary: Michael Felix Freshwater, MD 1948-2016

Revelation By Robert Frost (my favourite American Poet) WE make ourselves a place apartBehind light words that tease and flout,But oh, the agitated heartTill someone find us really out. ‘Tis pity if the case require(Or so we say) that in...

In conversation with Rachna Murthy

We were delighted to catch up with Rachna Murthy, renowned Oculoplastic Surgeon, about her career and plans for the future. You are internationally recognised in the field of oculoplastic surgery – what led you into this specialty? Eyes are arresting...