January 2012 was the 14th annual congress of IMCAS - International master course of ageing skin, and this year I was lucky enough to attend! IMCAS is one of the most significant European conference meetings of the calendar year with its main aim to promote the highest standards in clinical practice, education and research within Plastic surgery, Dermatology and Aesthetic medicine.
Held in Beautiful Paris, over 4,000 delegates from 80 different countries gather at the Palais de Congress just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elyees. Over 4 days 330 speakers presented on new trends, products, techniques, scientific and market studies.
Day 1, a practical demonstration filmed live from the school of surgery at Paris University was an injectable cadaver workshop. The interactive workshop covered 5 topics - muscles, orbital, mid face, lower face and hands showing the anatomy and techniques for toxins and volumetry with fillers. A first for IMCAS, such a fascinating workshop!
Despite worldwide economic downturn, non-surgical procedural numbers are still increasing and consumer interest is strong. Europe still managed a 5% increase from 2010 and Asia 15%. Much of the emphasis during the conference was on the combination approach to treatments with fillers and toxins to achieve natural enhancements.
We have available many tissue tailored fillers, advanced techniques of injecting with minimal downtime, more expanded use of toxins, better light based devices and active skincare to restore and maintain the natural look for your face and body. We combine multiple modalities within one individual treatment plan to better suit each individuals needs.
With over 160 exhibitors at the meeting there was also an introduction into new products yet to be released........which will be exciting for 2012 and beyond.
So much was covered over the 4 days, it was such a valuable and enriching experience.
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