In April 2017, I attended the Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine World Congress (ICAM) in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is the largest manifestation of this type in the world, now in its 15th year.
For three days, 11,700 attendees listened to presentations given by over 300 faculty members from 46 countries. North American participants represented only 6% of the total numbers of participants.
I had the opportunity to learn from world renowned injectors. Dr. Shannon Humphrey from Canada, a participant in the pivotal North American studies which lead to the approval of Kybella for treating under the chin fullness, presented her experience with this product. Dr. Srivastani from New York City has had extensive experience with Kybella and he is currently considered the largest injector of Kybella in the world. He performed live injections on a male patient. Michael Kaine, plastic surgeon from New York City presented his very original technique for perioccular rejuvenation. Dr. Alexander Marchac, a plastic surgeon from France, presented his experience with a newly developed external ear implant which can be placed through only a small surgical incision.
The live injection session was probably the most attended one. Dr. Mauricio De Mayo from Brazil never ceases to amaze me with his perfect technique and his unparalleled ability to analyze the human face. He spent years studying the interplay between muscles' activity and skin movement. He is an expert at identifying and combating the facial features which are responsible for negative facial emotions, as tiredness, sadness or bitterness.
Dr. Arthur Swift, from Canada, demonstrated his beautification method which involves bringing the facial dimensions into perfect proportions with the aid of the golden ratio. He developed his own instrument to measure facial dimensions - the golden calipers.
There is such a wealth of knowledge about injections out there in the world and it was amazing to learn from such talented people.