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Facial Plastic Surgery Virtual Issue

The facelift remains the single most effective procedure for addressing the aging face. This highly sought after technique remains one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the United States with over 125,000 performed by members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in both 2014 and 2015. In spite of its popularity, which techniques proves to be most effective long-term is far from clear.

Theses 10 papers have been chosen to highlight this controversy and to emphasize diverse areas of clinical importance. This includes the understanding of not just the two-dimensional, but rather the three-dimensional aspects of facial anatomy, the relative efficacy of sub SMAS versus a superficial plane of dissection, nuances of newer facelift and ancillary techniques, and the objectification of complications using large cohort patient populations. After reading these 10 well written papers, the young plastic surgeon will come away well versed and even the most seasoned facelift surgeons will have learned something new. 

James E Zins MD, FACS
Section Editor Face Section


Find out which Aesthetic Surgery Journal articles have received the most attention online. These articles are freely available through the end of January 2017. 

Gluteal Augmentation

We have gathered a collection of articles of great interest for those performing gluteal augmentations. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s Cosmetic Surgery National Databank Statistics 2015, 20,382 women and 331 men had a buttock augmentation procedure performed in 2015. As it is an increasingly popular procedure, we are bringing the key articles from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal on implant and fat augmentation.

A total of 10 articles have been carefully selected. All manuscripts have been published between 2005 and 2016 and represent the latest advances in aesthetic surgery with topics ranging from techniques for sculpting and harvesting fat, to practice-based recommendations, to reshaping, to suture techniques and to issues related to massive weight loss. We trust this collection will provide surgeons with the necessary information to improve standards of care and outcomes in their respective practices. 

Constantino Gilberto Mendieta, MD
Miami, FL

Asian Aesthetic Surgery

Aesthetic surgery in Asian patients can be quite different from surgery in Caucasian patients. Many principles and techniques of cosmetic surgical procedures were established based primarily on Caucasian norms, but there are significant differences in anatomy, social and cultural influences regarding the idea of beauty, as well as the patient’s desires and expectations. A strong growing economy, along with rapid social changes, has made cosmetic surgery more acceptable to Asian patients, and has resulted in more and more of them seeking cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance and their quality of life. Unfortunately, there have been a few scientific manuscripts published in a respected plastic surgery journal in the English language about a unique or specific technique of a cosmetic surgery procedure for Asian patients.

This new virtual issue on Asian aesthetic surgery is an effort from the journal to provide readers with important resources about recent advancements in this aspect of aesthetic plastic surgery. A total of nine recently published manuscripts and two commentaries have carefully been selected by this clinical editor along with the Editor in Chief. All the manuscripts were published between 2009 and 2015 from South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom. All these selected publications from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal represent recent advances in Asian aesthetic surgery. As you can easily see rhinoplasty and upper blepharoplasty are the two main topics for this virtual issue. In addition, breast surgery and facial aesthetic surgery are also included in this issue. I sincerely hope that the readers will find this virtual issue beneficial to their daily practices and enhance their knowledge and skills in dealing with Asian patients for various cosmetic surgical procedures. I also congratulate all the contributors of this virtual issue for their excellent publications on Asian aesthetic surgery. There is no doubt in my mind that this virtual issue on Asian aesthetic surgery will bring this popular plastic surgery journal to the next level of excellence.

Lee L.Q. Pu, MD, PhD, FACS 
Professor of Plastic Surgery 
University of California, Davis 

Genital Rejuvenation

Women today are asking for aesthetic procedures to improve the appearance of the vulvar region. The popularity of Brazilian waxing has uncovered natural anatomy which is now visible to women who want to look better and feel sexier. Labiaplasty and other genital cosmetic procedures have undergone tremendous growth over the past few years. ASAPS statistics released in 2014 revealed a 49% increase in these procedures and ISAPS reports more than 114,000 genital procedures performed in 2013. 

This new virtual issue on rejuvenation of female genitalia will serve as an important resource to readers interested in performing labiaplasty and other aesthetic procedures of the vulva.

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