New Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery

I recently attended a meeting in New Orleans sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The focus of the meeting was on new trends in facial plastic surgery. Several themes emerged, including:

  • Loss of facial soft tissue volume contributes to a “deflation” of the face, exacerbating the effects of gravity and loss of elasticity. Soft tissue fillers can help correct this problem. Transfer of fat is used with increased frequency as it is less costly and leads to a certain degree of permanent correction.
  • Face lift techniques, pros and cons, remain a hot topic. Minimally invasive “rapid recovery” methods are very popular for patients with less advanced aging changes. Patients need to be aware of the limitations of less aggressive surgery as it may not be sufficient to address their needs. Facial surgeons need to have a variety of procedures in their armamentarium to avoid “one size fits all” compromises.
  • Avoiding an unnatural appearance is of utmost importance. Many presentations focused on the small details of surgical technique to achieve natural looking results.

Overall, it was a great meeting. I am always impressed with the teachers’ willingness to share their knowledge and experience. I brought along my own portfolio of before and after photos for critique and advice and I was able to pick the brains of some of the best facial plastic surgeons in the country. It was great to spend some time with people as passionate about their work, as I am.

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