For the first time, delegates attended the International Association for Prevention of Complications in Aesthetic Medicine’s (IAPCAM) symposium in London on Friday September 21.
Held at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, London, the symposium attracted 125 delegates and provided them with the latest information on the management of complications on a range of aesthetic procedures.
After a welcome from conference director Dr Beatriz Molina, there was an anatomy session held by Dr Simon Ravichandran, who reminded delegates of the danger and safe zones of the face.
Among the other highlights was a presentation by consultant dermatologist Dr Sandeep Cliff, who discussed protocols to handle various complications that are possible after dermal fillers such as bruising, malar edema, hyperpigmentation, erythema, delayed hypersensitivity and vascular occlusion.
Oculoplastic surgeon Mr Phillippe Berros discussed how to safely inject and manage complications in the periocular area, while Dr Tahera Bhojani-Lynch presented her cases of delayed hypersensitivity due to dermal fillers and how she handled them.
Dr Patrick Tracey discussed a case study using his HELPIR technique to restore tissue after vascular occlusion, while Dr Max Malik talked about body dysmorphic disorder and the questions practitioners should ask to diagnose patients, to avoid complications later.
Owner of iConsult Richard Crawford-Small talked about ethical business development, and said that positive messages create positive cultures which, in turn, create positive businesses. Additionally, director of Enhance Insurance, Martin Swann, discussed EU General Data Protection regulations. Dr Martyn King introduced the Aesthetics Complications Expert (ACE) group to delegates and nurse prescriber Andrew Rankin provided an update to delegates on the new Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP).
Aesthetic practitioner Dr Bhavjit Kaur, who has been practising aesthetics since 2009, attended the conference as a delegate. She said, “The conference was brilliant. It covered many treatment options available in aesthetic medicine, starting from skincare and peels, PRP, BDD, and dermal filler complications. It was very interactive and enlightening. I am a member of the ACE group headed by Dr King and I think more of these conferences are needed to ensure patient safety.”
Dr Beatriz Molina said of the symposium, “The conference went really well, I was surprised at the large number of people that attended and the high quality of the speakers. Complications are not common, but it’s great to hear what can go wrong. It’s all about understanding what can happen so you can become prepared and know how to deal with similar circumstances.”
She added, “Part of the day’s success was the honesty of the presenters and everyone was really open with their cases. I think that delegates were able to take something away or learn something from each talk; even I found myself learning something from everyone. I have to say a huge thank you to the speakers because they gave 150%."
There was also a small exhibition, comprising nine exhibitors. Hana Te Reo, operations Manager at HA-Derma, which was exhibiting, said of the day, “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to support IAPCAM, as patient safety is the core aspect of our business. The conference and exhibition was a huge success. We had plenty of opportunities to talk to practitioners and it was nice to meet new clients and those who are already using our products. We will definitely be back next year as we are preparing some amazing product launches and will continue to deliver new concepts in antiageing with Profhilo.”
The day concluded with a wine tasting provided by AestheticSource and Healthxchange, where delegates had the opportunity to wind down and relax after a day of learning.
The next IAPCAM symposium will be held in 2018 on Friday September 21 at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster.