CCR 2021: Aesthetics Reunited!

By Ellie Holden / 03 Nov 2021

Celebrating our first in-person event since 2020, Aesthetics reflects on the biggest CCR to date!

The long-awaited return of the biggest UK aesthetics event finally took place on October 14 and 15 at the ExCeL London for CCR. Over the two days, 120 speakers, 150 exhibitors and 1,000’s of delegates gathered to learn, showcase innovations, and speak about the surgical and non-surgical world of aesthetics. With live demonstrations, symposiums, new product launches, and plenty of learning and networking opportunities, CCR was one of the biggest and jam-packed events to date. Event manager for CCR and Aesthetics Courtney Baldwin commented, “CCR was an absolute hit! It was an honour to be able to reunite an industry that has had such a turbulent 18 months. We had CPD certified content, expert speakers, brand new start-ups as well as many products, brands, devices and companies showcasing their portfolios at the show. Thank you to everyone who came along to CCR, and we hope you loved the show as much as we did. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in March 2022!”

Highlights from CCR 

There were numerous highlights across the two days at CCR. A huge thank you to the CCR Advisory Board for helping to assist with the show, participating as speakers, or supporting CCR to be the best one yet!

Headline sponsor Galderma celebrated 25 years of Restylane with its symposium led by Galderma key opinion leaders Miss Priyanka Chadha and Miss Lara Watson, who noted that, “It was a privilege to once again represent Galderma on stage, especially in celebration of such a monumental milestone for the group – the 25th anniversary of Restylane. We can’t wait to come back to CCR next year as it’s another opportunity to come together as one community, share ideas and knowledge and advance our practice even further.” The launch of the poly-L-lactic acid filler Sculptra also took place, which was hosted by Dr Munir Somji.

The Networking Hub, which was also sponsored by Galderma, was buzzing with industry professionals, delegates and exhibitors reuniting over drinks, sponsored by Med-FX. If the drinks weren’t for you, then Galderma had customisable coffees at their stand which allowed delegates to have their picture taken and transferred onto their coffee!

Show bags were given out upon arrival sponsored by AestheticSource with a Prep and Procedure cleanser by Clinisept+ Skin inside, as well as red visitor lanyards which were provided by Neauvia, whilst RELIFE sponsored the registration and visitor badges for the event.

This year, the VIP and Press Lounge was the go-to hub to learn about the upcoming trends in aesthetics. Sponsored by Neauvia, the session detailed the first ever CCR Trend Report which was hosted by CCR’s Press Ambassador and Tatler’s health and beauty editor-at-large Francesca Ogiermann-White. The session discussed the latest trends in aesthetics, from incorporating skincare into treatment protocols to the psychological wellbeing of patients. You can read the full Trend Report on the CCR website now!


Complementing the scientific agenda curated by the advisory board, CCR played host to exclusive takeovers from the world’s biggest brands and their key opinion leaders.

World-renowned Canadian plastic surgeon Dr Arthur Swift was the face of the Prollenium Symposium on Mastering of the Midface with REVANESSE, and Lips and Tweaks. His packed-out talks were a firm highlight of the event and captivated a wide audience.

Catching up with Dr Swift on the morning of day two, he said, “It was a great opening day! I opened the conference with the first talk with Prollenium on Lips and Tweaks and it kept getting better from then on. It was a really full day yesterday and I met a lot of colleagues, friends and different specialities and it’s been absolutely awesome.”

Other symposiums included a sponsored RELIFE talk on Beauty Beyond Boundaries with Dr Vincent Wong, BTL Aesthetics discussed the Emsculpt NEO device, a SkinCeuticals presentation on whether your vitamin C is delivering potential with Dr Emma Craythorne, an AestheticSource symposium with Miss Rachna Murthy discussing the new Revox Line Relaxer and a Lumenis talk with Dr John Quinn, Dr Tapan Patel and Natali Kelly who discussed increasing patient intake and return on investment with devices. At midday, Allergan Lunchtime Takeovers on the Live Demo stage featured Mr Taimur Shoaib and Miss Murthy speaking about their experiences using Juvéderm.

Non-Surgical Arena

At the Non-Surgical Arena, there was journey of injectable techniques and innovation on the face and body from a world-class faculty, as well as a dive into injectable complications and how to manage them.

Highlights in the Non-Surgical Arena included a profile correction masterclass with Professor Bob Khanna, non-surgical rhinoplasty with Mr Ash Labib, tear trough fillers with Dr Marwa Ali, non-surgical body sculpting with Dr Nestor Demosthenous, and facial structure assessment and treatment with Dr Raj Acquilla.

Speaking about his time at CCR, Dr Demosthenous said, “This year’s CCR was fantastic for many reasons. It was one of the first times since March 2020 that the aesthetic community came together, learning, teaching and sharing so much knowledge, and stories gathered over the last 18 months. There was a buzz and energy at CCR over the two days which made for a very full 48 hours. Next year will no doubt be even better as the community grows, as does our hunger to be reunited once again!”

ISAPS UK & Surgical Arena

Catering to the surgical world, the Surgical Arena was a packed programme of content focused on cutting-edge, innovative surgical procedures tailored to the body, breast and eyes.

The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) Symposium took place on both mornings with a specific focus on the body, which delegates paid to attend. The symposium was led by Mr Naveen Cavale and Mr Mo Akhavani. Mr Pouria Moradi gave talks on extended corset abdominoplasty and discussed whether anatomical implants are better for patients. Mr Akhavani detailed gynecomastia correction in weight loss patients and non-weight loss patients, and Mr Mark Soldin discussed optimising the thigh lift in a decade of weight loss patients.

Mr Cavale said, “It has been a pleasure to hold ISAPS at this year’s CCR. It was the perfect opportunity to discuss surgical innovations and techniques with fellow colleagues whilst enhancing education among delegates. CCR was a great opportunity to reunite both the surgical and non-surgical specialities together under one roof and open it up to registered healthcare professionals, whilst the relationship between ISAPS and CCR went from strength to strength. We hope that everyone who attended enhanced their learning over the two-day event and we can’t wait to be reunited next year!”

As well as the paid for content, we also had an exciting agenda for delegates to attend for free. A breast augmentation session on day one included talks from Mr Adrian Richards, Mr Garrick Georgeu and Mr Reza Nassab. Day two held a discussion on combining surgical and non-surgical approaches to eye rejuvenation with interesting and innovative talks from Miss Elizabeth Hawkes, Mrs Sabrina Shah-Desai, Mr Sotirios Foutsizoglou and Miss Murthy.

In Practice Theatre

At CCR, we cater to all your aesthetic needs, right down to your business. Our In Practice Theatre helped give you the best tips, advice and insights from experts on enhancing your business and ensuring it can be the best it can. From social media, marketing, and diversifying your patient base, to launching new devices, and the latest on tax and VAT, there was something for everyone to learn.

Sponsored by SkinCeuticals, we had some great discussions including Dr Tahera Bhojani-Lynch speaking on male patients in aesthetic practice, Dr Bhavjit Kaur on taking care of your mental health, Julia Kendrick on tips for entering award ceremonies, Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann discussed managing patient expectations and increasing sales, Dr Anna Hemming on tips for opening a new clinic, and Dr Raul Cetto on before and after imagery, as well as panel discussions on the future of aesthetic complications, building your Instagram and becoming a company key opinion leader.

ACE Group World

For the first time at CCR, the Aesthetics Complication Expert (ACE) Group World conference took place with an informative agenda on aesthetic complications. Delegates paid to attend the conference which had a stellar line-up of experts which included Dr Xavier Goodarzian who spoke on chemical peel complications, Dr Martyn King who detailed the management of delayed onset nodules, Dr David Eccleston who highlighted botulinum toxin complications, Dr Harryono Judodihardjo who discussed what to look out for before treating the skin and Dr Beatriz Molina who looked at lip complications and vascular occlusions.

Chair of the ACE Group World, Dr King, commented, “The ACE Group World conference at CCR this year was a huge success! Featuring some amazing, well-known and highly respected speakers, the conference was packed out and provided educational content and guidance for the management of complications for a multitude of aesthetic problems. We are really looking forward to our next national ACE Group World conference which will be co-located with CCR!”

Getting Started in Aesthetics

Whether you have been in aesthetics for one year or 10 years, or are even looking to start your career, CCR is tailored to everyone regardless of their aesthetic journey. During day one, the Harley Academy held a two-hour workshop on ‘Getting Started in Aesthetics’. Within the talk, founders Dr Tristan Mehta and Dr Emily MacGregor detailed numerous topics for beginners, such as the fundamentals of injectables, the career paths practitioners can take, different training courses to start your aesthetics career and video demonstrations of full-face treatments.

Dr Tapan Patel’s Cadaver Masterclass 

Taking place on day two, Dr Tapan Patel conducted an anatomy and cadaver masterclass to a packed-out audience. The paid-for session begun with an overview of the anatomy and proceeded to detail the injection techniques for the various sections of the face, from the forehead and temple to the chin and jawline.

Dr Patel noted, “Hosting a cadaver course at CCR was a great experience and I believe that it was an essential educational resource for delegates to listen to and learn from. Practising on cadavers can help us increase our knowledge of the anatomy of the face and to learn injection points. I believe they are a great training and teaching tool and hope that everyone who attended learnt something from the masterclass.”

CCR Exhibition featuring new product launches 

As well as our jam-packed agendas, CCR was also home to a wide variety of exhibitors who showcased their devices, products, injectables, and apps. Delegates could learn more about the different aesthetic products on the market, speak to company experts about incorporating the products in their clinics, see demonstrations on how to use the products, as well as discover new launches to the UK.

UK distributor Prollenium entered the UK market with the launch of the Canadian dermal filler REVANESSE and medical aesthetics company Neauvia also launched in the UK with their #NLIFT and #NROSE concepts. Other new product launches seen at CCR included Dr Dev Patel’s skincare brand CellDerma, the Erchonia Emerald Laser, Lynton’s Focus Dual device, skincare brand Joddor London, Croma- Pharma’s juvenus injectable, LABthetics’ microneedling device LABpen, Secret Pro by Cutera, Revox Line Relaxer by Revision Skincare, VIVACY Stylage Lips injectable, SkinCeuticals Advanced Scar Control, plus many more.

Founder of Joddor London, Soumia El-Bouziani, commented, “CCR has been a super amazing experience – it was our first time here. Meeting so many professionals and people has been great! People should definitely come next year and check it out for themselves!”

See you next year!

That’s a wrap for CCR 2021! To come to our next event, pop October 13 and 14 in your diary and stay tuned for registration in 2022. Our next event will be the Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in London on 11 and 12 March 2022 for two days of learning. This will be followed by the prestigious Aesthetics Awards ceremony on the evening of March 12, 2022, to celebrate all the achievements within the aesthetics specialty.

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