Non-surgical facial aesthetics symposium

The non-surgical facial aesthetics symposium provided a stimulating and interesting programme, comprised of a faculty of expert consultant plastic surgeons & cosmetic doctors. The course director, Mr Rana Das Gupta commenced the day and introduced the session by welcoming delegates to the venue.

Mr Dionysios Tsakonas gave a comprehensive overview of the rudiments of facial anatomy, reinforcing the importance of maintaining a current and accurate anatomical awareness, which is key in preventing complications, in any aesthetic treatment.

Mr Nick Percival provided a detailed overview of the importance of skin care to the aesthetic surgeon, exploring the fundamentals of skin anatomy and a review of the current product ingredients and literature, which underpin many cosmeceutical brands. In addition, Mr Percival discussed his rationale for selecting his preferred products, along with appropriate supportive clinical data. Mr Jan Stanek explored a different specialty of cosmetic dermatology, providing an overview of chemical peels and reviewed the current evidence base supporting their uses and indications and shared some interesting clinical cases. Mr Stanek reinforced their role, their proven indications and effectiveness in cosmetic medicine, when performed by a suitably qualified practitioner. Dr Peter Pendergrast complemented the cosmetic dermatology topic, providing an insightful overview of volumising and contouring techniques in relation to several dermal fillers, along with personal footage of practical demonstrations of several rejuvenation approaches using needle as well as blunt cannula. Mr Frèdèric Braccini described a number of non-surgical rhinoplasty techniques from a surgical perspective, reinforcing the specialist level of expertise required to analyse the face as well as augment the nose, using a variety of dermal fillers. Mr Braccini also alluded to the level of anatomical knowledge the practitioner must possess to treat the nose proficiently and safely.

Mr Dalvi Humzah held a captive audience whilst conveying the emerging clinical and cosmetic applications for Botulinum Toxin A, including delivery devices, current data and legislation and discussed some common therapeutic and pharmacological myths, which generated good discussion amongst the panel during question time.

Consistent with the topic of toxin, Mr Yannis Alexandrides presented an interesting overview of Iovera toxin free wrinkle treatment, a Focused Cold Therapy™ system to temporarily improve forehead ryhtides, as well as some clinical cases demonstrating response to treatment and personal experience of the device.

The non-surgical symposium held regular intervals for discussion with an opportunity for the speakers and audience to raise questions and debate amongst the panel as the day progressed.

Mr Alex Karidis presented his treatment choice of Ultherapy®, demonstrating how it is incorporated into his surgical practice. Ultherapy® has received FDA approval since 2009 providing micro-focused ultrasound energy delivery skin tightening and lifting as a non-surgical option. In addition Mr Karidis discussed some clinical results supported by before and after photography. Mr T K Shanks shared his preferred choice of device for non-surgical practice and presented his clinical expertise of using the Dermapen® alongside a variety of lasers to complement his surgical practice, reporting excellent results for acne scarring amongst other conditions. Mr Jeya Prakash also spoke of how lasers are incorporated into his practice.

Mr Kenneth Graham discussed the clinical indications and overview of the Silhouette Lift™ with discussion as to how he combines it into his surgical practice as a possible alternative to undergoing a facelift. Mr Karidis shared some of his facelift techniques in minimising scars and maximising results and patient satisfaction.

Mr Shailesh Vadodaria presented his unique technique, which he has developed for creating a cheek dimple due to an increase in patient demand. Mr Vadodaria presented personal footage of the pioneering treatment being undertaken, along with patient testimonials and clinical photography.

Mr Andrew Batchelor instilled the theme of safe practice with guidance on how to avoid litigation as well as managing patient expectation and handling complaints appropriately. Equally, Mr Rana Das Gupta reinforced the importance of safe and ethical practice, reviewing the available options, safety and choice of non-surgical treatments with reference to current bodies such as the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS).

Tingy Simoes shared practical guidance on the importance of public relations in aesthetic practice for practitioners involved in both surgical and non-surgical treatments, and tips on how this can build a specialist profile and presence amongst patients and colleagues as well as utilising social media.

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Anna Baker

BJN Aesthetic Nurse of the Year 2016.

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