Teaching Facial Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas
I just returned from Las Vegas where I was lecturing at the 7th annual Multispeciality Foundation course on Facial Plastic Surgery. The first reaction from friends is, “oh, Vegas must have been a lot of partying and fun.” This course is so comprehensive that I didn’t want to miss anything, so I was inside the lecture halls from 7 AM until after 6 PM every day for 4 days straight. At night were dinner demonstrations and meetings with the various laser, filler (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra, Belotero) and neurotoxin (Botox, Dysport) vendors to see what’s the latest and greatest.
I gave four talks at this meeting. Three were on rhinoplasty:
- spreader grafts for primary and revision rhinoplasty
- What causes nasal obstruction other than a deviated septum
- Treatment of the complications of rhinoplasty
- Wow cheeksTM How to make nasolabial folds look better than just treating the lines.
I also moderated a half day session on eyelid rejuvenation, including lectures on blepharoplasty, browlifts, Botox and fillers for the eye area.
This meeting has an amazing cadre of lecturers, equal numbers from each of the “core” disciplines of cosmetic surgery: Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, Oculoplastic Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery. Attendees can really see how different specialists approach facial aging and the varying ways that internationally recognized experts from each discipline treat facial aging.
This meeting was a true testament to the organizing committee and founder Dr. Randy Waldman; a long time friend and facial plastic surgeon (in that order of importance) from Lexington, KY. He ran a similar but smaller meeting in Newport Beach, CA for 17 years before this and is a true meeting genius.
Steven J. Pearlman, MD, FACS