22nd Biannual Meeting of ISAPS
The 22nd biannual meeting of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery met in September in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for four days of intense education on the latest trends in cosmetic plastic surgery. I was fortunate to be chosen to deliver two papers on the face and neck lift, being one of only two Australians on the prestigious international faculty representing 76 countries.
My paper was enthusiastically received and it is gratifying to know that our dedication to the best surgical results is recognised by international peers. Interesting, the emphasis on facelifts is different between the Europe the USA and Australia. The Americans want a more dramatic, even exaggerated result, the Europeans don’t focus much on the neck whereas my Australian patients want a natural looking result with very good improvement on their neck.
Other pearls included a review of the safety of cosmetic surgical procedures. The consensus was that the safest settings with the lowest complication and infection rates reported were in specialised day surgery facilities rather than as an inpatient at a hospital or at a generalised outpatient facility.
As usual, there was considerable debate on breast implants and the whether the greatest satisfaction was gained by saline over silicone. Polyurethane implants are not available in the USA but elsewhere where there is a concern that the polyurethane of the implant will be completely dissolved in 15 years yielding a silicone implant. There was consensus, however, that all silicone implants should be evaluated for a change at 10 years post-operatively