thePlasticsPaper - August 7th

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thePlasticsPaper - August 7th

In this week's edition

  1. ✍️ Letter from P'Fella
    Sci-hub is so important to your career.
  2. 🤓 Study on Sunday + Quiz
    Hypertelorism and the wide-eyed patient
  3. 🎭 Upcoming Events
    14 upcoming events for you.
  4. 🐣 Tweets of the Week
    Memes, virals & threads.
  5. 🚀 New Features
    Find your favourite articles quicker - Bookmarks!
  6. 📝 Articles of the Week
    3 must-reads, 1 deep-dive for thePlasticsPro

Fun Fact: thePlasticsFella now has 200 verified Plastic Surgery articles and topics.

Sci-Hub is pretty amazing.

Alexandra Elbakya (the founder of Sci-Hub) recently published a pretty interesting infographic. It showed that 20 countries account for more than 90% of all Sci-Hub downloads worldwide made in the last month.

It's a nice random fact. Check it out below...

But what does all this mean?

To put it simply, Sci-hub is probably one of the most important innovations in academia. The free dissemination of knowledge allows access to evidence-based publications.

There have been some peer-reviewed publications assessing the impact of Sci-hub. We now know that articles downloaded from Sci-Hub were cited 1.72 times more than papers not downloaded from Sci-Hub. Eventually, there will be continued erosion in institutional libraries willing (or able) to pay substantial funds to scientific publishers (e.g. >$1million for Elsevier subscriptions) for access to their repositories of scientific literature.

There is potentially a downside to all this free information. To compensate for the loss of subscription revenues, publications are charging authors a publication fee. Now it's a pay-to-publish model.

Does P'Fella use Sci-hub?
Yes, sir! It's the main way the evidence-based articles are created and, of course, the popular journal club



Microtia is a congenital hypoplastic deformity that can occur in isolation or in a syndrome. It presents a clinical spectrum of minor deficiencies to the complete absence of the auricle

Major research and surgical development was performed by Tanzer in the second half of the 20th century.

It is graded in accordance with the number of vestigial ear structures present.

  • Anotia: complete absence of the external ear.
  • Lobule-type: remnant ear & lobule without concha, acoustic meatus & tragus.
  • Concha-type: lobule, concha, acoustic meatus, tragus & incisura tragica are present to variable degrees.
  • Small concha-type: remnant lobule, small indentation representing concha.
  • Atypical microtia: patients who cannot be classified above.
Answer this week's question

  1. Nerve Reconstruction for Spinal Cord, August 13th 
  2. PULM: Pediatric Upper Limb & Microsurgery, August 2022
  3. Yorkshire FRCS(Plast) Course- August 12th
  4. AO Hand Trauma Blended Course - September 26th
  5. ASSH Annual Meeting - Boston, September 2022.
  6. Head And Neck Siag Day - Hull, September 30th
  7. BAAPS Annual Conference 2022 - London, September.
  8. European Society of Craniofacial Surgery - September.
  9. BAPRAS Celtic Meeting - Dunblane, Scotland, September
  10. BAAPS 2022: London, Step 27th
  11. Skills For Junior Plastics - Alexandra Hospital, 8th Oct
  12. Plastic Surgery, The Meeting - Boston, October 2022.
  13. Aec 5.1 Limb Reconstruction - October 26th, 2022.
  14. AEC Limb Reconstruction - Virtual, October 2022
  15. BAPRAS 2022 Congress - November 2022.

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3 Top Picks

  1. How is the ACTUALLY innervated?
    Smeele et al. Innervation of the Female Breast and Nipple: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Anatomical Dissection Studies. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: August 2022 
  2. A template for those difficult conversations
    Lin, I-Chun F. B.A.; Kane, Robert L. M.D.; Chung, Kevin C. M.D., M.S.. Difficult Conversations. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: August 2022 
  3. Botox for Depression??
    Crowley et al. Glabellar Botulinum Toxin Injection Improves Depression Scores: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: July 2022 - Volume 150 - Issue 1 - p 211e-220e

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This was a landmark paper in the management of melanoma. The authors answered a very important question - what is the actual efficacy of lymph node clearance in melanoma patients with positive sentinel lymph nodes?

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