Aust J Plast Surg. 2020;3(2)
In the lead editorial for the upcoming 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 Lip 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.
Dr. Mark Lee MB BS FRACS Professor Mark Ashton MB BS MD FRACS
Specialist Plastic Surgeons and Editors-in-Chief Editor-in-Chief
Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery