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Review of free flap use in burns

The authors looked at 346 studies of the use of free flaps in burns and undertook a systematic review of 30 of these studies after applying inclusion and exclusion criteria. They found that the use of free flaps could be...

Case-based illustration and discussion of surgical modalities to manage traumatic hand defects

The authors present four clinical cases of soft tissue defects affecting the hand and discuss various surgical management options available. These cases include a dorsal hand wound, thumb pulp defect, first webspace defect and a volar finger defect. For each...

Cheek and lip reconstruction

The authors present a well-structured review of the reconstruction of cutaneous defects of the cheek and lip. They present new findings that have an impact on the planning and understanding of local flaps for the reconstruction of both areas. Integrated...

Breast reconstruction – techniques from a plastic surgery perspective

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. Breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery has positive physical and psychosocial health...

Post auricular advancement flap for partial helix defect repair

Ear defects can be the result of trauma, burns or ablative surgery. The three dimensional structure of the pinna with its subunits presents a difficult reconstructive challenge as successful reconstruction requires both similar tissue cover and a supporting framework. Partial...

Acid attacks: part 2

The PMFA Journal Editor Andrew Burd continues with his exploration of the optimum treatment protocol for managing the devastating injuries wrought by acid attacks (see Part 1 here). In part one of this series I outlined the evolution of my...

How I Do It - Dorsal hand rejuvenation with dermal fillers: anatomical knowledge is essential

A youthful dorsal hand is characterised by a supple, smooth skin texture and contour, with minimal prominence of the dorsal veins. Over time, extrinsic (e.g. sun damage and smoking) and intrinsic (bone remodelling and soft tissue volume changes owing to...

Life after medicine

Our Editor, Andrew Burd, renowned burns surgeon, takes us on a fascinating journey from his early days as a medical student travelling in the USA through his search for scarless healing in the 1980s and finally to his current work...

How I Do It - Breast uplifts: how I do a mastopexy (or breast reduction) with or without implants

Summary and introduction A mastopexy is a breast uplift surgical procedure. It derives from the Greek for breast (mastos, meaning breast) and uplift (from the Greek pexis, meaning fixation). When we perform a mastopexy, we can perform the procedure on...

How I Do It - Neck rejuvenation using Erbium-Yag laser technology

Individuals with skin laxity and wrinkles around the neck area have, until recently, not had any successful non-invasive treatments available to improve this appearance of ageing around the neck area and upper chest. The Fotona SP Dynamis laser has a...

Facial rejuvenation with the Profound RF System

Ageing of the face has become more noticeable among men and women in the modern world. The new work-from-home environment with more and more online meetings has created surroundings where people see themselves repeatedly on screen and therefore many have...

How I Do It - Surgical skin cancer treatment: non-melanoma skin cancer

The surgical management of skin cancer, particularly extensive lesions, may require a specialist surgeon with a reconstructive repertoire. The management of such lesions should be within the remit of a multidisciplinary team (MDT). Surgery should be carried out with good...