Today’s highlights involved meeting the worlds most prolific injector of Botox. He works in Singapore. He gave a great lecture about injecting Botox in a certain way which could work for some Keloid scars. The protocol is detailed and he shared it with the attendees of the Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology Conference.
I attended a few sessions on laser and Cool Sculpting. Cool Sculpting is a method of non surgical fat reduction. It uses the idea of cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting is a trademark owned by Zeltiq. They hosted a cocktail hour at the conference at around 6:15pm tonight.
I got a chance to greet the reps for Allergan at the Convention. What was interesting today for me was getting more information about doing virtual patient follow ups. I didn’t think I was ready for such a thing, but it’s out there. It’s kind of like recording your post op visit on a secure youtube website and then having the doctor review it later and write you some secure email.
We also spent some time with another cosmetic plastic surgeon from Modesto, CA. It was good to see another familiar face at the meeting.
In the evening, there was a dinner program put together by Valeant – the owners of Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra, Dysport, Obagi, and Renova (a form of Tretinoin). We saw some live amazing cosmetic injection techniques by some legendary doctors.
I am getting so overloaded with all this great information!
This was a one of the best days of this educational program for me. I spent the entire day in the advanced dermatology portion. There was three sessions going on at the same time. Most of the lectures I heard were about fillers (Juvederm, Radiesse, Perlane, Restylane, Belotero) and neurotoxins (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport). This was one of my main goals of this course was to absorb as much as I could about the topic. I was thrilled to see the European and Russian experiences with Botox, Fillers, etc. There were also sections on ethnic skin and hyperpigmetation. It was an eye opener to see a bunch of discussions on the complications of fillers and Botox. We’re glad we have hyaluronidase in our office as part of a kit for filler emergencies. There was also a lot of info about hydroquinone and tretinoin. Did you know that there’s hydroquinone in coffee? I also saw a lecture where they used ultrasound to help guide decision making regarding filler placement. There was also a brief discussion of fake filler products. I liked the idea of using ultra sound gel as a substance to help massage fillers. There were also a ton of information regarding using blunt cannulas for fillers which is something I’ve been doing.
Factors that affect Different Neurotoxins
It’ll be great to bring back all this international information to our cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Modesto, CA.
And after the lectures:
We went to another lecture sponsored by Merz Aesthetics, the makers of Belotero and Xeomin (and Asclera for veins). The talk was Innovations in Facial Aesthetic Medicine, Mastering the Art and Science of Injectables. Amazingly it was produced by Paradigm Medical Communications, located in Orangeburg, NY. Their telephone number is 845-398-5100. They said they were located on 303. I have friends who live in Orangeburg, New York and I have a personal connection to that location. This CME program was 3 credits.