Editor’s Choice: March/April 2014

Dear Readers,

In this, our annual meeting issue, I am highlighting 5 papers. As always, I encourage you to read the journal from cover to cover as I do each month.

In an international contribution from Turkey in the Rhinoplasty Section by Kuran and Orereglu entitled “The Sandwiched Lateral Crural Reinforcement Graft: A Novel Technique for Lateral Crus Reinforcement in Rhinoplasty,” the authors describe their new technique for reinforcement of weak lateral crura and external valve collapse.

The paper entitled “A Prospective Study on Lipoaugmentation of the Breast” by Spear and Pittman in the Breast Surgery Section is a Level 2 study funded by ASERF. In this first prospective study of breast augmentation with injections of autologous fat, the authors report the one year outcomes (specifically fat retention) as measured through three-dimensional imaging, MRI, and aesthetic comparisons. 

In the Body Contouring Section, I have selected the paper by Sasaki, Tevez-Ortiz and Abelev entitled “Noninvasive Selective Cryolipolysis and Reperfusion Recovery for Localized Natural Fat Reduction and Contouring.” In this Level 3 study, temperature changes and fat reduction following cryolipolysis is measured. The authors report predictable and noticeable fat reduction at 6 months.

The selection from the Cosmetic Medicine Section is a paper by Suber and colleagues entitled “OnabotulinumtoxinA for the Treatment of a ‘Gummy Smile.’” The authors describe the injection technique and demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of onabotulinumtoxinA for the treatment of the gummy smile.

The Research article in this issue is clinical and is entitled ““Evaluation of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification System in Risk Assessment for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patients.” It comes from the University of Texas Southwestern and is authored by Miller et al. They investigate whether ASA-PS scores can successfully predict risk for postoperative complications in the study group. Their conclusions support the role of the ASA-PS as a predictor of complication in this population.

I look forward to seeing those of you who will attend the ASAPS annual meeting in San Francisco. Please feel free to walk up to me to talk about ASJ. I am always interested in hearing how we can improve our journal to meet your educational needs.

Dr. Foad Nahai
Editor-in-Chief, Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Atlanta, GA

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