The British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) held its first virtual conference from September 14 to 21. The event featured leading speakers and exploring the latest innovations, techniques and best practice in aesthetics.
BCAM highlighted that patient demand for medical aesthetic treatments continue to climb, regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet patient safety fears remain through the lack of sector regulation. Delegates heard of rising complications, as well as sessions on preventing and managing those that do occur.
Other topics include body and weight treatments, women’s health, skin-of-colour considerations and managing a clinic through the pandemic.
BCAM president Dr Uliana Gout said, “BCAM is going into its 20th anniversary year next year in great shape, even though 2020 has been the most challenging year in the history of aesthetic medicine. BCAM has shown fact-based leadership throughout, not just opinion, through our work at the highest legal levels, plus sharing our unique sectorial oversight data with the Department of Health and Social Care. We strive to fulfil our role in providing clear evidence and information to our members and colleagues based on facts. Our conference has underlined BCAM’s pivotal role in our specialty.”
Dr Catherine Fairris, conference director, added, “Real thanks is due to BCAM’s sponsors – Church Pharmacy, Healthxchange, HA-Derma, AestheticSource, Novo Nordisk, Enhance Insurance, Hamilton Fraser. It is only with their backing that BCAM could attempt this ambitious project. Also a huge thank you to our speakers who joined us from all over the world to deliver educational, evidence-based and inspirational talks.”
BCAM chief executive Mr Greg White concluded, "This has been a massive team effort and I am so proud of the College's trustees and staff for all their support in bringing this virtual conference together – it has been a fantastic team effort!"
According to BCAM, patient safety is of paramount importance and the association continues to work closely with the General Medical Council and General Dental Council to affirm medical aesthetics as a recognised medical specialty.