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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Editor-in-Chief: Bahman Guyuron

ISSN: 0364-216X (print version)
ISSN: 1432-5241 (electronic version)

Journal no. 266

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Title Page

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Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

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This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which includes:
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  • Original Articles
  • Case Reports
  • Multimedia Articles
  • Dynamic Manuscripts
  • Invited Book Reviews
  • Invited Editorials
  • Invited Commentary and Discussion
  • Historical Notes
  • Innovative Techniques
  • Review Articles
  • Letter To The Editor


This journal follows a double-blind reviewing procedure. Authors are therefore requested to submit two separate files for their manuscript:
  • A title page including all authors and affiliations
  • A blinded manuscript without any author names and affiliations in the text or on the title page. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank.


This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each submission to which Evidence-Based Medicine rankings are applicable at the bottom of the Abstract. This excludes Review Articles, Book Reviews, and manuscripts that concern Basic Science, Animal Studies, Cadaver Studies, and Experimental Studies. Author assignments may be subject to review and modification by the Editor-in-Chief.
For example (author should include entire phrase) at the bottom of the Abstract:
“Level of Evidence: Level II, therapeutic study.”
EBM ratings will be based on a scale of 1-5 as follows:
Level I: Evidence obtained from at least one properly designed randomized controlled trial.
Level II: Evidence obtained from well-designed controlled trials without randomization.
Level III: Evidence obtained from well-designed cohort or case-control analytic studies, preferably from more than one center or research group.
Level IV: Evidence obtained from multiple time series with or without the intervention, such as case studies. Dramatic results in uncontrolled trials might also be regarded as this type of evidence.
Level V: Opinions of respected authorities, based on clinical experience, descriptive studies, or reports of expert committees.
No level of evidence for: Basic Science, Animal Study, Cadaver Study, and Experimental Study Articles.


Manuscripts are submitted to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery online via Editorial Manager. This will allow for quick and efficient processing of your manuscript. Please log directly onto the Editorial Manager site at http://www.editorialmanager.com/aps/ and upload your manuscript files following the instructions provided on the screen. Or, click on the "Editorial Manager" link below.
Please note: If you have already registered on Editorial Manager, please use your provided username and password and log in as 'Author' to track your manuscript or to submit a new manuscript. (Do not register again as you will then be unable to track your manuscript).
Otherwise, if you are a new author, please click the 'Register' button and enter the requested information. Upon successful registration you will be sent an e-mail with instructions to verify your registration.
If you have any questions or are unable to submit your manuscript online via Editorial Manager, please contact the Managing Editor at:
Suzann McClenahan
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Editorial Office
1002 Stonebriar Drive
Verona, Wisconsin 53593 USA
Fax: (608)-848-4592
E-mail: apsurg@tds.net
Springer Nature is pleased to offer authors the opportunity to have their submissions reviewed by Nature Research Editing Service, which offers language and scientific editing. Interested authors should contact Nature Research Editing Service for manuscript assistance:
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A copyright transfer statement signed by the corresponding author must be uploaded to Production via MyPublication after acceptance of a paper.


The title page should include:
  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise and informative title
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
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  • Include a short title (not to exceed 30 characters in length, including spaces between words) for use as a running head
  • The authors must disclose any commercial interest that they may have in the subject of study and the source of any financial or material support
Abstract: each manuscript should be prefaced by an abstract of not more than 250 words and should state concisely the background, methods, results, and conclusions of the manuscript.
A Level of Evidence statement must appear at the bottom of the Abstract.
Keywords: up to six keywords should be listed and separated by a comma
Manuscript Text: Original Articles, Reviews, and Case Reports should be structured in the following order: Introductions, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion, Discussion, and Acknowledgements; References; Legends
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  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables
References: Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in brackets. The in-text references and the reference list at the end of the manuscript should be in citation order. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of their references. Only works referred to in the text and already accepted for publication should be listed.
Types of references:
(1) Articles from journals: Name(s) and Initials of all author(s), year in parentheses, full title, journal name as abbreviated in Index Medicus, volume followed by a colon, first and last page numbers.
Berci G, Paz-Partlow M (1998) Electronic imaging in endoscopy. Surg Endosc 2: 227-233
(2) Articles from electronic publications: Name(s) and initials of all authors, year in parentheses, full title, journal name as abbreviated in Index Medicus, DOI number, and publication date.
Lee SW, Gleason NR (2000) Port site tumor recurrence rates in a murine model of laparoscopic splenectomy decreased with increased experience. Surg Endosc, DOI: 10.1007/s004640000231, August 9, 2000
(3) Books: Name(s) and initials of all author(s), year in parentheses, title, edition, publisher, place of publication.
Roy C (1997) Ultrasound of the Abdomen (Exercise in radiological diagnosis). Springer, Berlin
(4) Chapters in edited books: Names and initials of all authors, year in parentheses, title of chapter. In: names and initials of all editors, title of book, publisher, place of publication, first and last page numbers.
White ME, Choyke PL (1988) Duplex sonog
raphy of the abdomen. In: Grant EG, White M (eds) Duplex Sonography, Springer, New York, pp 129-190
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Common graphics files such as GIF, JPEG, EPS, TIFF and many others are supported. Do not
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If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission
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 An audio narration in English must accompany the video.
 The maximum size for all files (including videos) in the submission 350 MB.
 Videos must be in one the following formats: MPEG-1, QuickTime or Window media video (WMV).
 Videos in the QuickTime format cannot be mpg4.
 The video file must be playable on a Windows-based computer.
 No music sound tracks.
 Avoid "fancy" video transitions.
 Annotation of anatomic structures is encouraged.
 No authored DVDs.
 There should be a “manuscript” submitted with the video that includes a title page, abstract and key words, as well as references if needed.
A dynamic manuscript is a print article with imbedded video material. Up to 3 (one minute maximum each) videos per manuscript submission will be accepted. Make sure to note in your manuscript the placement of the video clips. All standard instructions for manuscript and video submission should be followed for a dynamic manuscript submission.


Submissions to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are now being checked for plagiarism via CrossCheck. CrossCheck, a multi-publisher initiative, screens published and submitted content for originality and detects instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. This will ensure that Aesthetic Plastic Surgeryis actively combating plagiarism and is publishing only original research.

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    Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is a publication of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the official journal of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS), Sociedad Chilena de Cirugia Plastica, Reconstructiva y Estetica (SCCP), Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Plastica (SBCP), Società Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica Ricostruttiva ed Estetica (SICPRE), Vereinigung der Deutschen Aesthetisch Plastischen Chirurgen (VDAPC), the Romanian Aesthetic Surgery Society (RASS), Asociación Española de Cirugía Estética Plástica (AECEP), La Sociedad Argentina de Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reparadora (SACPER), the Rhinoplasty Society of Europe (RSE) and the Iranian Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeons (ISPAS).

    The purpose of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is to provide a forum for the rapid publication of original articles dealing with techniques advancing the art of aesthetic plastic surgery. Although many of these articles will describe surgical craftsmanship per se, others will deal with complications in surgical procedures and methods by which to treat or avoid them. "Second thoughts" about long established techniques, which should or might be abandoned, modified, or improved, as well as symposia devoted to the controversies arising from the use of one particular technique vs. another and the lessons to be learned from these dialogues will be included. Individual or isolated case histories, which may add to the specialty's increasing fund of knowledge and its advancement; improvements in surgical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and operating room equipment of use to the aesthetic plastic surgeon; and discussions of ancillary problems in aesthetic plastic surgery, such as the role of psychosocial factors in the doctor-patient and the patient-public interrelationships, are all to be presented. The role of preventive medicine and genetic counseling in averting some of the conditions that ultimately require aesthetic surgical correction, as well as certain factors that influence the patient's and surgeon's aesthetic judgement in relation to the overall appearance of a body feature, and the importance of physical anthropology in understanding the patient's ethnic requirements for a particular type of surgical procedure will be discussed. The history of the development and continuing growth of aesthetic plastic surgery and the attitudes of "society" and "the public" concerning the "justification" for the use of aesthetic plastic surgery will be dealt with.

    Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is abstracted and covered in Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, SciSearch, Research Alert, Index Medicus-MEDLINE, and Excerpta Medica/EMBASE, Science Citation Index Expanded.

    Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is ranked #7 in the Google Scholar H-5 Index of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, with a 2016 H-5 Index of 26.

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