I attended the 20th Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Workshop early this month in stylish Melbourne, with the topic Aesthetic Rhinoplasty & Nasal Reconstruction. Plastic surgeons from all around Australia were attending in order to further their training in Rhinoplasty by some of the world masters in the field. There were some amazing and awe-inspiring surgeons from both Australia and overseas and I was really fascinated and proud to be part of such a ground-breaking industry, and the amazing crew at The Production House Events (TPHE) as usual never fail to put on a stellar event.
These days the words ‘plastic surgery’ for most people seems to conjure up pictures of women with big lips, stretched skin, and a kind of ‘plastic’ look. Well nothing could be further from the truth. What I like to call “True Plastic Surgery” is really an art in the highest form. The reconstruction and sculpture of a new nose (where one has been lost to cancer, or accidents) using the patients own tissue, cartilage, skin matter, in what is sometimes multiple procedures, is what ‘plastic’ surgery is traditionally all about.
There were so many amazing speakers. One of the keynote presenters, Dr Frederick Menick – considered one of America’s top surgeons and known for his contribution to nasal and facial reconstructive surgery also volunteers his time to perform free reconstructive surgeries in various countries such as Brazil, the Philippines, Korea, Africa, and Vietnam. Dr Menick spoke on several topics and was completely captivating with his stories, experiences and wealth of knowledge on different techniques and abilities of surgeons when it comes to rhinoplasty. He spoke on what should have been considered “impossible” cases but were made completely possible due to the innovations and skills of plastic surgeons today. I have to say he tells a pretty good joke too!
The latest technological advancements in 3D imaging used in Rhinoplasty was also discussed, but the thing that stood out to me was just how dedicated and impressive each of the plastic surgeons in attendance were to increasing their knowledge and fine tuning their craft in order to help patients all over Australia and the world have functional and aesthetic noses! Surgeons assist patients to recover ease of breathing or better function as well as creating noses that are beautiful to look at!
So many times I’ve heard general people off the street write plastic surgeons off as encouraging superficiality or being in it for the money; but whenever I attend these workshops or functions I am reminded what a caring, dedicated and truly ground-breaking industry it is. Not only are patients worldwide benefitting from the devotion of plastic surgeons to their chosen field, future generations are having the ground work put into place for a world where physical deformities, abnormalities, and damage, will be more and more able to be fixed or assisted.
Stay tuned for a few interviews coming up from the 20th Australian Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Workshop on Rhinoplasty.
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