Last month I had the opportunity to attend IMCAS in Paris, one of the largest aesthetic medicine meetings in the world, now in its 18th year. The event was chaired by Dr. Benjamin Ascher (plastic surgeon—France), and there were 6,500 attendees.
The meeting started with one full day of cadaver dissection, which was video transmitted to the conference room from the University of Medicine in Paris. Expert anatomists and plastic surgeons commented about facial anatomy landmarks and injection techniques. The session reinforced my conviction that there are no danger-free injection areas, only zones with higher or lower risk.
One session was devoted to filler complications and their treatment. Although rare, severe complications are possible, especially when injecting the mid-upper and middle face. As injectors, when we hold a needle in our hands we have tremendous power to sculpt a face, but we always have to be mindful of possible complications and take measures to minimize them. As a patient you should know that the risk of serious complications, although extremely low, is never zero.
The live injection session was outstanding. My favorite injectors were Dr. Raj Acquilla from the UK, Dr. Jani Van Loghem from Holland, and Dr. Arthur Swift from Canada. Although I was familiar with Dr. Swift's philosophy and techniques before this meeting, after attending his sessions I decided to sign up for his online training program called beautiphication. Dr. Swift developed golden calipers, a measuring instrument for assessing facial proportions. The idea of his approach is that natural, ideal beauty stems from perfect facial proportions, and we, as injectors have the power to shape and adjust proportions to release this beauty. The next time you come in to our office for a filler injection, you can expect to be measured with the golden calipers.
I also had a chance to exchange ideas with my European colleagues. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is tremendously popular in Europe, and as a result of my discussions with other doctors, I will be modifying my platelet-rich plasma injection techniques. We are also going to offer a PRP infusion treatment, using AQUAGOLD fine touch delivery device.
Nobody can better summarize what it takes to be a successful cosmetic physician than Dr. Arthur Swift, and I echo his view:
“Be passionate about what you do, or stay home. Don’t consider aesthetic medicine as a part-time endeavor to supplement income. Be committed to the profession, and take the time to learn and be properly trained to perform the delicate procedures.”