Last week Plastic Surgery Hub had the privilege of attending the 18th Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Workshop in Melbourne at the Crown Conference Centre. Guest speakers at the event included some of the best plastic surgeons in the field.
The theme this year was ‘Shape the Body’ covering in depth studies and experiences on everything to do with body contouring, including surgery for people who have had a massive weight loss, the latest and varied liposuction techniques, brachioplasty (arm surgery), thighplasty, a combination of surgeries, bariatric surgery and much, much more.
The workshop totally blew my mind! The advances in plastic surgery over the years is simply phenomenal, and it’s absolutely amazing to see first hand the transformations that can be achieved after not only losing weight, but to contour the body.
The event was organized by the incredible team at The Production House Events (TPHE), and included a mix of inspiring speakers from Australia and overseas, who were all informative, educational, and absolute masters of their craft. Of the sessions we attended, the Australian Plastic Surgeons presenting included, Dr Robert Drieslma, Dr Tim Papadopoulos, and Dr Alastair Taylor. From New Zealand we heard from Dr Julian Lofts and Dr Howard Klein. Also presenting at the workshop were 3 guest Professors from the USA, including Constantino Mendieta, Alexander Moya, and Simeon Wall Jr.
Having been morbidly obese myself many years ago, I was riveted to my seat when Professor Wendy Brown who is the director of Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) presented on updated concepts of bariatric surgery. Professor Brown provided a lot of insight into the details of obesity. Unlike a majority of the other guest speakers who spoke predominantly about technique, she reminded us that obesity is a disease that is so common it affects 28% of Australians. In the U.S. obesity has been identified as a leading contributor to over 400,000 deaths per year! She made the valid point of clarifying that without surgery, statistics show that only 3% of people achieve lifetime weightloss if they lose weight utilizing only diet and exercise.
These statistics made us realize just how important bariatric surgery is. So make sure you stay tuned to our blog over the coming weeks where we will be presenting articles on complete body contouring, weightloss surgery, and the latest techniques.