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Leicester, United Kingdom; and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals of Leicester; and the Department of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery, Health Sciences Center, University of Manitoba.
Received for publication February 6, 2017; accepted August 21, 2017.
Disclosure:The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.
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