Well, 40th birthdays are usually more memorable than others and the ASAPS 40th Annual Conference – it’s a wrap – was held in Melbourne over the weekend and certainly lived up to that expectation, for more than one reason! The main reason of course was the calibre of industry professionals in attendance with some of Australia’s and indeed the world’s top plastic surgeons, staff, and practice managers.
Breast and Body Surgery, Neck, Eyelid and Facial Surgery
Esteemed speakers discussed all the hot topics in the industry at the moment focussing on breast, body, neck, eyelid and facial surgery; sharing, comparing and highlighting all the latest techniques and news. It was literally information overload, and I loved every minute of it. Which brings me to the next reason as to why this 40th was so memorable.
Skirting the Issues
I was privileged to be asked to talk to speak in the Practice Managers section about the breast augmentation patient mindset. It was all going really well until my skirt literally fell to the floor in front of about a hundred audience members!! Yes, it happened to me – eekkkkkk. With a broken zipper, I was left in girdle stockings. It was certainly a moment etched in my mind and I’m sure in many others! I’d like to apologise to those who had to witness my more revealing presentation but I also received a lot of support from a very forgiving crowd! Of course, the show had to go on, so I pulled up my big girlie panties and finished off my presentation.
More Serious Highlights
On a much more serious note, one of the more interesting experiences for me at the conference was the Interplast Exhibition, a collection of beautiful but sometimes confronting photographs highlighting Interplast, a wonderful program where surgeons donate their time and expertise to assist those requiring urgent and necessary surgery in less fortunate countries. Many of our Aussie surgeons donate their time and resources to organisations such as these and it makes you proud.
Speakers and Topics
While each presenter and workshop brought value to the conference, for me some worthy mentions include: Dr Niamh Corduff on Biocompatibility and Breast Implant Surfaces – very relevant considering all the media focus on ALCL and implant safety earlier this year; Dr Giovanni Botti from Italy spoke about Enhancing Facelift Results with Fat Transfer (the way of the future), and the session that Dr Naveen Somia moderated on blepharoplasty (eye surgery) was super informative and interesting to hear how the best eye rejuvenation results are achieved through advanced surgical techniques. The impact of labiaplasty on sexuality was also one of the more interesting topics!
Of course, the non-surgicals were also covered with Belkyra for neck fat reduction being a popular subject, as was skin tightening using ultrasound.
The Saturday Night Gala Ball was too much fun and The Production House Events are just the best conference organisers in the business as far as I’m concerned. The quality of the food, drinks, speakers, attendees and overall feel of the weekend is world-class.
A great time was had by all and most importantly, I came back with a heap of information for you all which I will be putting into podcasts, videos and blogs over the coming weeks (sorry, I was not able to provide footage of my slippery skirt moment – lucky for you really 😉 )
Thanks ASAPS for a fantastic conference, I am so honoured to be involved in this amazing industry.