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Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists Annual Meeting

The Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS) held their 19th Annual Meeting earlier this year. This meeting was in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It was held in New York, NY.

Plastic Surgical Skin Care This Skin Care 2013 meeting consisted of scientific presentations, educational seminars and instructional courses by plastic surgeons, skin care experts, and cosmetic industry experts. All aspects of the aesthetic skin care industry were covered.

In the U.S, almost 11 million nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are performed by physicians and their physician assistants and nurse injectors every year. Attendance in the annual meeting was therefore high.

Highlights from the meeting included:

Live chemical peel demonstrations

Four skin care companies performed live chemical peel demonstrations. They reviewed correct application techniques. Aesthetic practitioners attending the conference were able to learn the strategies for obtaining best results by experiencing the peels themselves.

The chemical peels discussed included alpha hydroxy acids—AHA— (including glycolic acid and lactic acid), which were compared to trichloroacetic acid—TCA–peels.

Both types of peel are short, safe procedures. AHA peels, which if diluted can be used as part of a daily skin-care routine, often result in a healthy radiant look after just one treatment.

TCA peels however can sometimes achieve results comparable to a phenol peel, but with shorter recovery times. The TCA peel is more effective for darker-skinned patients.

Non-invasive skincare course

Leading plastic surgeons presented a comprehensive course on non-invasive skincare options. They discussed and analyzed the new technologies coming onto the market.

Some of the non-invasive procedures discussed included laser resurfacing, micro-needling and platelet rich plasma, and biostimulatory dermal fillers.

Biostimulatory fillers are synthetic fillers, as opposed to collagen or hyaluronic acid fillers. They are the most advanced fillers, which stimulate the production of collagen. Examples included Sculptra and Radiesse. These biostimulatory fillers have had good results, if correctly applied.

The next SPSSCS annual meeting runs from April 24-26, 2014. This meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA.

The SPSSCS is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to educate and improve the skills of aesthetic practitioners in North America. It promotes the quality of treatment offered by all plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Plastic surgeons eligible to sit for these examinations are also covered.

Resources used in researching this article include the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Press Release: Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists Annual Meeting