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The Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery publishes original research on 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, melanoma and skin cancer,
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Australas J Plast Surg. 2020.3(2)


In the lead editorial for this issue of the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery Mark Ashton reflects on quarantine as an opportunity for re-evaluation, reappraisal and reassessment of how we work, serve our community and our families.

In this issue we introduce a new 'features' section starting with an article reviewing the New Zealand plastic surgery workforce co-authored by Swee Tan. Fellow New Zealander Jonathan Wheeler has written an article on the burden of cosmetic surgery tourism, comparing the complications arising from procedures performed at home to those undertaken overseas.

In general reconstruction we have an original article on the postoperative management of lower limb split-thickness skin grafts in Australia by Lisa Ellis and colleagues and a review article on the superficial cicumflex ilia artery perforator flap with recommendations to the approach by Christopher Tan Song and colleagues.

In the hand section we have an article on the different delivery of collagenase for Dupuytren’s disease in public hospitals by Jessica Paynter and colleagues.

In melanoma and skin cancer we have an article on a pilot study comparing preoperative confocal mapping to surgical markings for facial lentigo maligna excision by Lipi Shukla and colleagues.

In the breast section, Alexa McNaught and colleagues present a case report on infrared imaging and prevention of skin flap necrosis in bilateral skin-sparing mastectomies.

This issue has three perspectives: one on microsurgery training for plastic surgeons by David Lu and colleagues, another on the pitfalls of telehealth in the management of cancer from a COVID-19 perspective by David Lu and Angela Webb and why the words ‘aesthetic’, ‘cosmetic’ and ‘reconstructive’ matter by Robert Sheen.

Thanks to our section editors and reviewers for their contributions to this issue. A list of our reviewers for volume 3 will be published at the end of the year.

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