The Royal Society of Medicine in London played host to the RSM Aesthetics 10 conference on Friday February 23.
Medical aesthetic doctors, dermatologists, surgeons, dentist and nurses attended the event, in hope to review the current best practice of clinical care for medical aesthetic procedures.
The main agenda began with a welcome address and introduction by consultant vascular surgeon and RSM associate dean Miss Kaji Sritharan and consultant plastic surgeon and meeting organiser Mr Jonathan Britto. Following this was 10-minute presentations delivered from a variety of practitioners in the aesthetic field.
In the morning, delegates learnt about a variety of marketing topics, including ethical marketing from consultant plastic surgeon Mr Jonathan Staiano and content marketing from content producing agency StoryCode founder Laura Peek. Clinical topics included non-surgical fat reduction by Dr Patrick Treacy, an update on platelet rich plasma (PRP) with consultant plastic surgeon Mr Ash Mosahebi, and a talk by Singapore-based plastic surgeon Mr Ivor Lim, on how umbilical stem cell technology has had positive results on wound healing and skincare.
“Prevention and early intervention is a very interesting area and on that we should study further”
Aesthetic practitioner Dr Uliana Gout also presented on the latest concepts of ageing prevention. She discussed the use of botulinum toxin for younger patients with static lines, hyperkinetic expressions and strong active muscles for line prevention. She concluded, “Prevention and early intervention is a very interesting area and on that we should study further.”
The discussions continued after a hot lunch, where Peek presented again, this time on managing practitioner’s risk and reputation. She said, “Anticipate and prepare for media threats and if you find yourself in a situation, it is advisable to seek both PR and legal advice because if you say the wrong thing online things might snowball.”
Other noteworthy presentations included talks from consultant ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon Mrs Sabrina Shah-Desai on filler approaches to the eyelids; combination approaches to the face and neck by Dr Souphiyeh Samizadeh; and surgical hair restoration by hair transplant surgeon Dr Greg Williams.
Running alongside this agenda were optional small workshops with eight delegates in each. The agenda included beginner’s sessions on fillers and threads, as well as a demonstration of botulinum toxin therapies for the brow, face and neck by Dr Samizadeh.
"I felt it was a very worthwhile conference and I was able to do some useful networking"
Dermatologist Dr Harryono Judodihardjo, who is president elect designate on the RSM Aesthetic Conference committee, said he enjoyed the talks at the conference. He explained, “I particularly enjoyed the morning symposium on umbilical stem cell technology in the aesthetics of skin and the additional talk about it during the main session by Mr Lim. I learnt something new there! The session on rejuvenating the periorbital area was also interesting for me.”
Aesthetic nurse prescriber Liz Bardolph also noted an interest with the umbilical stem cell technology and added, “I suspect we shall be hearing more about this in the years to come.”
Talking about the content as a whole, Bardolph said, “I attended the RSM Aesthetic 10 conference as I was keen to have an update of botulinum toxin for cosmetic use and to learn from others’ techniques. In addition, it is an excellent conference away from sales biases with highly regarded speakers. I felt it was a very worthwhile conference and I was able to do some useful networking."
“This meeting is growing from strength to strength. The number of delegates for this year is the largest so far and the feedback I heard was all positive"
Delegates were also able to meet aesthetic businesses at the small exhibition, which included Galderma, AestheticSource, Harley Academy, SkinCeuticals, Calecim Professional and AZTEC Services, among others.
Anthony Zacharek, general manager of AZTEC Services said, “I think this is always a really good meeting with good talks and presentations. There is a good audience of medical professionals, which is our type of audience. I have been amazed with how much interest we have had with our new Tixel system systems so very happy with the day.”
Following the event, Dr Judodihardjo added, “This meeting is growing from strength to strength. The number of delegates for this year is the largest so far and the feedback I heard was all positive. Most of the delegates were happy with the variety and quality of the lectures, and the trainees in the small group workshops found the programmes to be very helpful.”
The RSM Aesthetics meeting is planned for the fourth Friday of February every year and in 2019 it will take place on February 22.