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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

September 2022; 5(2)




Cosmetic surgery—why training matters | LINK

Australia urgently requires an investigation into cosmetic surgery regulation write Editors-in-Chief Mark Ashton and Mark Lee, who are calling for a national requirement that all practitioners performing surgery must have received training to the Australian Medical Council standard as a logical first step.

Cosmetic surgery changes for patient safety | LINK

President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Sally Langley calls for a crackdown on inadequately trained medical practitioners performing cosmetic surgery.

This ‘solution’ for cosmetic surgery rogues fails patients | LINK

The health regulator’s response to Australia’s cosmetic surgery crisis is wholly inadequate, writes Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons President. 


Do you need to be tapped on the shoulder? | LINK

Former Senior Examiner Brett Archer encourages surgeons with at least a decade of clinical experience to consider applying to become an examiner and join a worthy and stimulating corpus of individuals. 


ATX-101 (deoxycholic acid injection in submental fat reduction: a case series | LINK

Ling-Yun Chang, Tim Sebastian Peltz, William C H Parr, William R Walsh, Jeremy Hunt | A case series presenting treatment results for four consecutive patients who underwent injection of ATX-101 (deoxycholic acid injection) for submental fat reduction. 

Mainstream media discourse around top surgery in Aotearoa New Zealand: a qualitative analysisLINK

Rebecca Duncan and Charlie Eggleton | This qualitative study examines public discourse and opinion on the availability and funding of breast surgeries (both masculinising and feminising) for transgender individuals in New Zealand. 

How to do the Pisces mastectomy for female-to-male top surgeryLINK
Daniel WH Wong and Tai K Lam | How to perform the ‘Pisces’ mastectomy, a modified double-incision, free nipple graft technique for gender-affirming top surgery that provides good access for haemostasis and decreases the need for revision surgery. 

Severe abdominal fat necrosis following complications of cryolipolysis: a case reportLINK

Alexis Arasu, Sadhishaan Sreedharan, Tam Quinn, Dane Holden, Stephen Salerno | A novel case of a 26-year-old female who sustained an infected, full-thickness abdominal burn with underlying fat necrosis as a complication of her cryolipolysis treatment. 


Secondary healing over NovoSorb® biodegradable temporising matrix (BTM) in the unwell patient: a case reportLINK

Harriet Kate Semple, Clarissa Young, Gary Kode | This case represents the largest area of healing via secondary intention over BTM resulting from continued deferment of the secondary grafting procedures due to the patient’s fluctuating acute medical status. 

Suprafascial first dorsal metatarsal artery perforator propeller flap: a case reportLINK

Melissa Wright, Varun Harish, Quan Ngo | The first described case of heterotopic ossification surrounding the vascular pedicle of a radial artery free flap (RAFF) after microsurgical cleft palate reconstruction. 


Smartphone goniometer application for reliable and convenient measurement of finger range-of-motion: a comparative studyLINK

Harrison Theile, Sarah Walsh, Peter Scougall, Damian Ryan, Shiv Chopra | A comparative study of the accuracy of range-of-motion measurements obtained by a smartphone goniometer application compared to a traditional universal goniometer in healthy and diseased hands. 

Single-stage kite flap, tendon transfer and arthroplasty in a thumb injury: a case reportLINK

Duncan Loi, Ella Darveniza, Frank Hsieh | The authors describe a reconstruction of a traumatic thumb defect with minimal donor morbidity and excellent postoperative outcome using a combination of EIP tendon transfer, kite flap and tendon interposition arthroplasty. 

How to do the boutonniere Elastoplast splint technique (BEST) for the management of mallet deformitiesLINK | VIDEO
Felix Behan | Felix Behan explains the intricacies of the three-layered Elastoplast technique which, applied weekly over a three-week period, produces an excellent outcome for the management of mallet deformities. 


A modified tubed anterolateral free flap for reconstruction of total laryngopharyngectomy | LINK

Morgan Haines, Phaethon Karagiannis, Roger Haddad, James Southwell-Keely, Elias Moisidis | A retrospective review of 14 patients undergoing pharyngeal reconstruction using a chimeric design of the tubed anterolateral thigh flap for prevention of fistulae, resurfacing of the neck and flap monitoring. 


The management of hereditary melanoma, FAMMM syndrome and germline CDKN2A mutations: a narrative review | LINK

Isobel Yeap, Therese Becker, Farhad Azimi, Michael Kernohan | This narrative review provides diagnostic and treatment guidelines for three related but distinct conditions: familial atypical multiple mole melanoma (FAMMM) syndrome, hereditary melanoma and germline CDKN2A mutations. 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cutaneous malignancies in Australia

Sadhishaan Sreedharan, Subhashaan Sreedharan, Mustafa Mian | A retrospective study to quantify the impact of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on the diagnosis and management of cutaneous malignancies in Australia. 

Effects of COVID-19 lockdown on emergency paediatric plastic surgery admission | LINK

Ahmad Sulaiman, Claire Lim, Sean Nicklin, Mark Gianoutsos | A retrospective study of emergency plastic surgery admissions to two tertiary paediatric hospitals during the COVID-19 2020 lockdown period compared to the same period in 2019 to develop targeted advisories. 


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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.