The ASAPS Aesthetic Symposium in Las Vegas

Sitting in the United Club waiting 3 hours for my flight to Santa Barbara…. at least I have time to reflect on a fantastic facial plastic surgery meeting in Las Vegas, as well as the donations I made at the craps tables last night. I came out well ahead if you count the time spent with friends exchanging ideas about our favorite ways of rejuvenating the face.

Each day was packed with discussions about different aspects of the face- the brow, the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, the lower face, the neck… and an entire morning of dissecting cadavers was a highlight of the meeting…. not something I get to do in Santa Barbara that I used to enjoy in the academic world. I was especially interested in the mini face lifts that we discussed, as well as the many different techniques that are used to improve the appearance of the lower eyelid and the neck. I enjoyed discussing my techniques of mid face and cheek lifting, as well as the outstanding results we are seeing with Ultherapy.

One of the highlights of my trip, however, was the unexpected meeting up with an old friend- Dr. Michael Nagy was one of my junior residents when we were both in the general surgery program at Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He was a great resident then and it’s a delight to hear how he has evolved into an outstanding plastic surgeon in New Jersey. I’m looking forward to spending some more time with Dr. Nagy and several other friends at the upcoming ASAPS meeting in May in Montreal.

Thanks to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons for organizing such a great face lift meeting. The only thing that could have made it any better would be if Delta still had that direct flight to Santa Barbara from Las Vegas!!!!!

PS- more news to come about a new machine I bought for our patients to help make great strides in improving fine lines and skin tightening….. stay tuned to see how we will be attacking the aging process from the inside as well as the outside of the face without surgery!

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