About the Journal

The Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery is a peer-reviewed, online-only journal covering all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery research and review including aesthetic, breast, burns, cleft lip and palate, craniomaxillofacial, experimental research, general reconstruction, hand, head and neck, history of plastic and military surgery, international collaboration, mel
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Aust J Plast Surg. 2020;3(1) | MAR 2020 

The fifth issue of the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery will be publishedublished in March 2020. This issue features an invited editorial by William Alexander and Christopher J Coombs’s who examine the gold standard for reconstruction of nerve gaps, the use of substitutes and experimental developments that could lead the way towards reliable human nerve surgery.

Among the upcoming articles,  Alyse D Hopkins, Sebastian RA Bowman, Angelo P Preketes and Michael B Dowd offer a retrospective, multi-centre cohort study with recommendations for improved identification of triquetral fractures and demonstrated, effective management options for their treatment.

Jeannine Eva McManus, Elise Bryant and Hugh Bartholomeusz describe the ‘flying brevet’ technique as a consistent method of mastectomy for chest wall reconstruction in female-to-male transgender patients, presenting a retrospective review of outcomes and case series of patients who have undergone this procedure.

Linda Monshizadeh and Vijith Vijayasekaran seek to validate the new Perth scoring system as a reliable assessment tool to measure improvements after cleft lip revision and compare outcomes within and between centres.

In their paper Robert Phan, David Hunter-Smith and Warren Rozen explore and summarise the significant contributions Australian researchers have made to the understanding of Dupuytren’s disease, its pathogenesis, development and multiple treatment modalities both non-surgical and surgical.

In a retrospective cohort study, Nicholas Savage, Mohit Jain, Robert Champion and Broughton Snell investigate the benefits of incisional negative pressure wound therapy for patients undergoing bilateral breast reduction that include reductions in hospital stay, postoperative opioid use and surgical site complications.

Andrew J Davidson, Jeremy W Simcock present a case of delayed outpatient free flap ischemia due to an avulsed arterial pedicle and discuss the factors that allowed successful salvage in this scenario.

David McCombe, Brinkley K Sandvall, Christopher J Coombs present six cases of displaced subcapital phalangeal fracture nascent malunions and the impact of delayed presentation on their management.

And finally, Felix Behan offers a fourth 'how to do it'paper on using keystone perforator islander flaps for lower leg reconstruction.

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

If you have an article or case you would like to submit for consideration, please view our guidelines here. For questions relating to submissions, please email us at journal@plasticsurgery.org.au.





Defining cosmetic surgery. Aust J Plast Surg. 2018; 1(1): 95–103| Original article | https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v1i1.29
Nicola R Dean PhD FRACS, Kristen Foley BAppSc(OT) MPH and Paul Ward BA (Hons) MA PhD

Collagenase injections for Dupuytren’s in Australian public hospitals: a cost analysis. Aust J Plast Surg. 2019;2(1):17–22. | Original article | https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v2i1.73
Devlin Elliott MBChB, Randy Bindra MBBS FRCS, Sujoy Roychowdhury MBBS, Tracy Comans, Jason Flecther MBBS

The history of plastic surgery and military surgery. Aust J Plast Surg. 2018;1(1):21–24. | Original article | https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v1i1.7
Associate Professor Hugh Bartholomeusz OAM RFD MBBS (QLD) FRACS



Biodegradable temporising matrix for necrotising soft tissue infections: a case report. Aust J Plast Surg. 2019;2(1):106–109. | Case report| https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v2i1.72
Sadhishaan Sreedharan MBBS, Edwin Morrison MBBS, Heather Cleland MBBS FRACS, Sophie Ricketts MBBS(Hons) FRACS, Frank Bruscino-Raiola MBBS FRACS

Local reaction to FlexHD® acellular dermal matrix in breast reconstruction: a case report and review of the literature. Aust J Plast Surg. 2018; 1(1): 142–148. | Case report| https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v1i1.6 | Robert Phan MBBS BBiomedSci PGDipSurgAnat, Frank Lin MBBS FRACS, Dean White MBBS GradDipBioEpi FRACS

Persistent median artery carpal tunnel syndrome: a case series and literature review. Aust J Plast Surg. 2019;2(1):93–98. | Case report| https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v2i1.71 
Jake L Nowicki MD BSc, Alexander Cameron MBBS BMed Sci, Phillip Griffin MBBS FRACS (Plast), Quoc Tai Khoa Lam MBBS FRACS (Plast), Nicholas Marshall MD FRACS (Plast)



The time for Australian plastic surgery to have one voice. Aust J Plast Surg. 2018;1(1):3–5. | Editorial | https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v1i1.58
Bryan C Mendelson FRCSE FRACS FACS

Ethical practice in plastic surgery. Aust J Plast Surg. 2018;1(2):5–7 .| Editorial | https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v2i1.145
Richard Theile MBBS FRACS

Plastic surgery origins and the Antipodean influence. Aust J Plast Surg. 2018;1(1):6–16.| Editorial |  https://doi.org/10.34239/ajops.v1i1.64 
Professor Wayne Morrison AM MD BS FRACS