I just returned from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ASAPS, meeting in Las Vegas. These meetings are held once a year for board certified plastic surgeons to stay current on the latest techniques in aesthetic surgery. This year it was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It lasted for 6 days and included daily scientific lectures in the morning followed by classes on more narrow topics in the afternoon. All of the companies that supply technology to the field were there to display their wares. It is a great way to get a concentrated dose of continuing education in a short time and catch up on new technology. I always find that I pick up as many “pearls of wisdom” from talking to old friends from around the world as I do from attending the scientific forums and lectures. This year was no different. I picked up quite a few ideas about how I can modify my procedures to get better results. In addition, I affirmed that the majority of the techniques that I currently use to help my patients are the safest and most efficacious one’s available.
The hot topics this year were:
- How plastic surgeons can help our patients using the least invasive techniques
- How we can help keep people safe by educating them about doctors who are trying to do procedures for which they are not trained.
- The use of non-invasive techniques (laser, botox, soft tissue fillers, skin care, diet and life style changes) to enhance one’s appearance
I am looking forward to bringing more noninvasive procedures in to my practice.
All the best,