Australasian Medical Aesthetic Congress

I was invited to attend the Australasian Medical Aesthetics Congress last weekend. It featured experts from around the world, including Dr M Signorini from Italy, Dr K De Boulle from Belgium, Dr A Braz from Brazil and Dr S Liew from Sydney, who are all well known and highly regarded and their views reflect the current best practice. There were academic sessions on the physical properties of current hyaluronic acid fillers, and how these properties can be correlated with how they behave in real life, therefore allowing much more precise fine tuning of dermal fillers than was previously possible.

The signs of aging were widely discussed and there were sessions on treatments of various parts of the face, with the experts demonstrating their rationale and their techniques. The pace of change is really quite staggering. One example is the treatment of nasolabial folds. Even as recently as six or seven years ago, direct injection of nasolabial folds was routine. It is now widely accepted that correction of areas further upstream will give a much more natural and anatomical improvement. In fact, a poll of expert injectors showed that none of them routinely treat the nasolabial folds directly, myself included.

One of the sessions that I found the most interesting was when patients were assessed on stage. They told the audience what their main concerns were and everyone had to vote how these patients were to be treated. The main message from this session was that complete rejuvenation is usually not achievable in one step, and that it is important to prioritise and formulate a treatment plan. It is also worthwhile noting that addressing the patient’s initial concern may not actually give the best or most natural looking result and it is vital to have good communications and team work between the patient and the doctor. This has always been my approach when consulting my patients.

In another session, Dr De Boulle showed photos of patients that he has been treating over the past ten years. Many of these patients have not visibly aged significantly. This has certainly been my experience at Facial Artistry, patients who have been having regular treatments with wrinkle reducing injections and dermal fillers over the past ten years have often not aged visibly, but in many cases they actually look better than they did pre-treatment. My patients are often surprised at their before photos, when we take a look back. It can certainly be said that regular treatments have a prophylactic effect on the appearance of facial ageing.

I have come away with several tips and tricks which I am sure will benefit my patients. It was heartening to see that the principles of my assessment and treatment at Facial Artistry were comprehensively validated and endorsed by the world experts.