The close of 2013 came fast and furiously with three fantastic meetings capping out the year in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and San Diego.
Multi-Specialty Plastic Surgery Symposium at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles (Nov 1-3), whose highlights for me included:
- CT-based analysis of age-related bony changes in the facial skeleton and how to counteract these changes with soft tissue fillers
- comparisons of different methods of face and neck lifting to address mid-face descent, jowls, and neck laxity
- variations in injection technique and location to treat tear trough deformities with minimal bruising while addressing anatomical changes in deep medial fat pads of the mid-face
Annual American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) Fall Meeting (Nov 14-15) & American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting (Nov 16-19)
- I delivered a podium presentation at the ASOPRS meeting on the use of fractional ablative lasers with laser-assisted delivery of 5-fluorouracil for burn-induced cicatricial ectropion, as well as the surprise honor of being invited as a co-instructor for the Jules Stein AAO Orbital Decompression Skills Transfer Course.
- Session highlights included incisional vs. non-incisional techniques for Asian double-eyelid surgery (by Dr. Yoon Duck Kim) and state-of-the-art management of Facial Nerve Palsy (by Dr. Tessa Hadlock)
- Meeting my oculoplastics “siblings” (also trained by Dr. Kikkawa) and my “cousins” (trained at the University of Wisconsin through Dortzbach, who trained Dr. Kikkawa) [below]
Comprehensive Aesthetic Restorative Effort (C.A.R.E.): Breakthrough Multidisciplinary Care for the Wounded Warrior and Traumatically Injured (Dec 5-8)
- This meeting brought together an all-star cast from neurosurgery, plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, dermatology, and many other aesthetic disciplines to speak on reconstructive efforts that apply to wounded warriors.
- Highlights for me included presentations and personal dialogues with Dr. Rox Anderson on his latest work in skin micro-transplantation and epidermal blister skin transplantation, as well as Dr. Jill Waibel on her research on laser-assisted stem cell transplantation