Editor's Choice: November/December 2013

Dear Readers,

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is coming to a close! Our final issue of the year is packed, as usual, with a mix of papers that have immediate clinical value alongside some basic science/research articles that could have long-term impact for our practices.

In the Facial Surgery section, I am pleased to include a paper from Andrea Pusic and her colleagues on the FACE-Q assessment tool. “Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the FACE-Q Aging Appraisal Scale and Patient –Perceived Age Visual Analog Scale" is a well-done study, the results of which represent great first step toward our goal of objective outcomes measures in facial rejuvenation.

In the Breast Surgery section, I have selected an international contribution from the UK. In “Conical Polyurethane Implants: An Uplifting Augmentation,” Georgeu et al introduce a new conical-shaped, polyurethane-covered breast implant and define its role in the treatment of mild breast ptosis. Most remarkable - and of no surprise to me personally - was the very low capsular contracture rate with the polyurethane implant. Regrettably, the implant is not currently available in the United States.

I have selected 2 papers from the Body Contouring section for this list. One introduces the application of a new drug while the other evaluates a radiofrequency skin tightening device. In the preliminary report “Use of Abdominal Field Block Injections with Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty,” Morales et al report their early experience with the safety and efficacy of an anesthetic drug for the relief of pain following abdominoplasty. The second paper is by Diane Duncan, entitled “Nonexcisional Tissue Tightening: Creating Skin Area Reduction During Abdominal Liposuction by adding Radiofrequency Heating.” In her study comparing liposuction alone to liposuction plus radiofrequency, she evaluates and compares the degree and duration of skin contracture between the 2 methods.

My final choice, a Review Article from the Cosmetic Medicine section, is also another international contribution, this time from Italy: “The Role of Hyaluronidase in the treatment of Complications from Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers” by Cavallini et al. Although hyaluronidase is an established treatment for complications related to hyaluronic acid, I bring it to your attention again based on the popularity and versatility of this class of fillers.

As always, I close this letter by inviting your input and ideas so we can continue to build ASJ and make it an indispensable source of aesthetic information for you. I look forward to hearing from you often in the new year.

Finally, with the holidays approaching, the entire editorial office staff joins me in wishing you the best of the season.

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

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