American Society of Plastic Surgeons Hosts 78th Annual Meeting

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Showcasing Latest Research, Novel Procedures & Emerging Trends; Seattle, Oct. 23-27

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New discoveries on facial aging, novel uses for Botox® to treat chronic pain, concerns about do-it-yourself cosmetic treatments and more will be explored. Amazing reconstructive surgery breakthroughs that will one day allow U.S. soldiers with artificial limbs to feel sensation will be revealed.

Whether in a quest for beauty or out of necessity, millions of Americans will have plastic surgery this year. To stay ahead of the demand, the hottest topics, technologies, and research will be presented at Plastic Surgery 2009, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Oct. 23-27, in Seattle. The meeting, held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, will be attended by more than 5,000 doctors, medical personnel and exhibitors in the field of plastic surgery.    

“Plastic Surgery 2009 is the complete plastic surgery experience featuring the latest information on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques." said ASPS President John Canady, MD. “New discoveries on facial aging, novel uses for Botox® to treat chronic pain, concerns about do-it-yourself cosmetic treatments and more will be explored. Amazing reconstructive surgery breakthroughs that will one day allow U.S. soldiers with artificial limbs to feel sensation will be revealed.”

Opening Ceremonies
Keynote speaker and accomplished teacher, writer, and orator, Atul Gawande, MD, will discuss his unique perspective on the practice of medicine and healthcare reform, during Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The annual Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity awards honoring inspirational reconstructive plastic surgery patients who’ve overcome traumatic illness or injury will also be recognized for their courage and altruism.

Breast Reconstruction Art Exhibit
Created to raise awareness about the many forms of breast reconstruction, the Out of the Shadows…Into the Light art exhibit will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25 – Tuesday, Oct. 27. The exhibit shares the stories of breast cancer patients, through plaster sculptures of their busts, representing various stages of breast cancer. The creator will discuss how she created art from tragedy.

Special Media Event
Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery is one of the most popular panels at Plastic Surgery 2009. For the first time, ASPS is bringing Hot Topics presentations straight to the media during its Hot Topics Overview/Webinar for the Media on Monday, Oct. 26, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. During this dynamic hour, journalists can get answers to questions regarding the latest technologies and procedures and engage in conversation with the experts.

Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall, open Saturday, Oct. 24 – Monday, Oct. 26, will showcase more than 300 companies, featuring products and devices including the latest breast implants, injectable wrinkle fighters, cosmetics/skin care, and body contouring technologies. This array of exhibitors will bring plastic surgeons up-to-date on cutting-edge products and technologies to better care for patients.

Closing Ceremonies
Closing Ceremonies on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. will feature recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, the Honorable William H. Frist, MD, who will discuss the future of healthcare in America. He will present his vision of increased availability and affordability of quality healthcare.

Studies, panels, and courses presented at Plastic Surgery 2009 include:

  •     Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery
  •     Rejuvenation of the Upper Eyelid – Is Less Really More
  •     Breast Augmentation with Liposuctioned Fat: A Fifty Patient Study Over Five Years
  •     Achieving Predictable Outcomes in Buttock Rejuvenation
  •     Not All Facelifts Created Equal – New Ways to Reshape the Face
  •     Non-Surgical Rejuvenation – Lasers
  •     Facial Aging and the Mid-Facelift
  •     Five Year Outcome of Surgical Treatment of Migraine Headache
  •     Military Plastic Surgery – A Global Update
  •     The Efficacy of Botox in the Treatment of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
  •     Composite Tissue Allotransplantation (Face Transplants) – Have We Achieved Liftoff
  •     The Impact of Breast Reduction on Low Back Compressive Forces and Function
  •     Functional and Structural Repair of Peripheral Nerve Injury by Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
  •     Breast Reconstruction Managing Flap Reconstruction
  •     Carcinoma and Hyperplasia in Breast Reduction Surgery: Increased Sampling Leads to    Increased Detection
  •     Inter-Relationships of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Body Mass Indices in the Massive Weight Loss Population

For a full listing of Plastic Surgery 2009 activities, visit http://www.plasticsurgery.org.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 7,000 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Editor’s Note: Reporters can pre-register to attend Plastic Surgery 2009 and arrange interviews with presenters here or by contacting ASPS Public Relations at (847) 228-9900. On-site registration will be available in Seattle, Oct. 24 – Oct. 27 at (206) 219-4726.

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