About the Journal

The Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery is an online-only peer reviewed journal on all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Our aim is to encourage and support research excellence, to be a trusted source of original research and review in the region and to continue to make a key contribution to surgical practice worldwide in keeping with the prominent roles that Australia
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Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery. SEPT 2021; 4(2)




In the lead editorial for the upcoming issue of the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery Mark Ashton and Mark Lee, Editors-in-Chief reflect on the compounding impact of the pandemic on surgeons’ mental health. LINK

In our first video editorial, Dan Kennedy, President of ASPS, talks about the importance of prioritising physical and mental health to promote wellness, develop resilience and prevent burnout in this disrupted environment. LINK

In a guest editorial, Guy Stanley, Melissa Hirth and Michael Findlay discuss the research pathways for fellows and trainees available through ACTPRAS—a research network set up under the clinical trials network of Australia and New Zealand. LINK



Professional clinical photographer Woodrow Wilson and specialist plastic surgeon Peter Callan present their system for standardising photography in aesthetic plastic surgery to accurately communicate cosmetic interventions. LINK

In a two part feature Jason Diab, Benjamin Grave, Walter Flapper, Peter Anderson, David David and Mark Moore present the first Australian focused, geospatial and socioeconomic analysis of deprivation to specifically examine the determinants of injury on maxillofacial fractures.

PLEASE NOTE: This paper is presented in two parts for ease of reading; PART-1 includes methods (study setting, design and data, costs and statistics) and results (aetiology, fracture type, treatment, complication and hospitalisation); PART-2 includes discussion (mechanism of injury, type of fracture, clinical outcomes), limitations and conclusion. Part two should be considered a direct continuation of part one.



In this state-wide case series Jason Diab, Justine O’Hara, Andrea-Issler Fisher, Erik La Hei, Robert Gates, John Vandervord, Andrew JA Holland and Peter Maitz review data related to lithium-ion injuries caused by malfunctioning mobile phones and chargeable devices as well as e-cigarettes. LINK

Selena Young, Qingshu Lu, Say Beng Tan, Seng Teik Lee and David Machin review the design features and conclusions from randomised controlled trials comparing palatal surgery at different ages. LINK



Leonardo Cordova, Leonardo Zandavalli, William Alexander and David Chong examine the available evidence supporting the use of scar massage in the postoperative care of cleft lip patients. LINK

Lisa J Ellis, Patricia Terrill and Warren Rozen ask whether ultra-lightweight negative-pressure wound therapy dressings can reduce the incidence of exudate and haematoma beneath a split-thickness skin graft compared with traditional standard dressings. LINK

Sadhishaan Sreedharan, Jieyun Zhou and George Pratt consider whether masseteric-to-facial nerve transfer is a safe and viable option for midface and perioral reanimation in the elderly with short term facial nerve palsies. LINK

Phillipa van Essen, Natasha Keillor, Randall Long and Nicola R Dean discuss the effectiveness of a combined surgical /psychiatric approach in ensuring vulnerable patients are identified and managed appropriately. LINK



David Moore, Chameen Samarawickrama, Krishna Tumuluri and Quan Ngo describe the first reported case of corneal neurotisation in Australia and New Zealand. LINK

Hardip Chahal, Prasad Athreya and David Stewart describe an unusual presentation of acute carpal tunnel syndrome secondary to amyloidosis requiring urgent surgical decompression. LINK



Emma-Leigh Rudduck, Frank Bruscino-Raiola, Margaret Angliss, Steven Gray, David Lee-Gow and Abby Hutchinson present the first two cases reported globally of quadruple amputees that underwent acute targeted muscle reinnervation.  LINK



In the first of a series in which AJOPS invites plastic surgeons from Australia and New Zealand to share their surgical expertise and methodologies, Felix Behan offers a guide to his keystone perforator island flap (KPIF) for closing difficult reconstructive defects of the lower limb. LINK



Thank you to our section editors and reviewers for their contributions to this issue.

If you have an article or case you would like to submit for consideration, or a perspective, 'how to do it', book review or other practical, non-clinical skills for surgeons, please view our guidelines here. For questions relating to submissions, please email us at [email protected].

If you would like to be notified when the March 2022 issue of AJOPS goes online, be sure to register as a reader on the website at www.ajops.com.






The call for abstracts for the PSC 2022 is now open

The Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for consideration for inclusion in the 2022 Congress Program.  All abstracts for inclusion as an Oral Presentation or Poster Session will be reviewed and graded by the Committee.

Before submitting an abstract please download the abstract template and read the information on the website.

Abstract submission closes on Friday 11 February 2022


Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is the peak body in Australia for specialist plastic surgeons. Visit ASPS to learn about:

ASPS Research Hub seeks to facilitate plastic surgery research by encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing via the Australasian Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research Network (APRSRN).

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The next Plastic Surgery Congress will be held on the Gold Coast 16-18 June 2022. For further details refer to the PSC website.







The Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery was established in 2018 as a joint initiative between the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. The journal is published by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons with support from the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons.