PSEN captures AAHS ASPN ASRM Annual Meetings

Last month, PSEN was a part of the annual meetings of our founding partners, the American Association for Hand Surgery, American Society for Peripheral Nerve and American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery on January 9-15, 2013 in Naples, Florida. In addition to providing demos of the website in the meeting exhibit hall, PSEN’s video news crew interviewed a number of attendees about the scientific highlights of the clinical programs, as seen in the video above. PSEN also recorded over 30 hours of panels and lecture presentations from the meetings. A selection is now available to view in the PSEN presentations area. More lecture recordings from the meetings will be posted over the next couple of weeks. Some of the presentation topics include:

  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Atypical Microsurgical Indications
  • Refinements in Toe Transfer
  • DRUJ Instability
  • Graded Motor Imagery (GMI)

Members of AAHS, ASPN or ASRM have free access to PSEN through their society membership. Your username is always your email address — if you don’t know or remember your password, just click the forgot my password link on the PSEN Login page or contact PSEN at

The Aesthetic Meeting 2012

The Plastic Surgery Education Network was present at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada on May 3-8, 2012. In addition to providing demos, PSEN interviewed attendees on the clinical highlights of the meeting. To see some of the faculty from the meeting discuss the high points of the clinical program, click the video above.

ASAPS recorded many of the panels and presentations of The Aesthetic Meeting, which you can purchase access to via their site. The Aesthetic Society has also allowed some of those sessions to be hosted in the PSEN Presentation Library, including a full panel from The Aesthetic Meeting 2011.

Watch the following free lectures on PSEN:
The Art of Deep Chemical Peels — Video Demonstrations presented by David Larson, MD
The Emerging Trend of Non-Invasive Body Contouring — Is It Time for You to Buy In? presented by Brian Kinney

Watch the following full panel from The Aesthetic Meeting 2011:
Interactive Video: Gluteal Augmentation presented by Raul Gonzales, MD

Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting

The Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) was everywhere at Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting.  PSEN recorded dozens of lectures and panels, videotaped clinical news interviews with many of the presenters and maintained a demonstration booth to show surgeons the new online education website in the Exhibit Hall. The annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) and American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) was held September 23-27, 2011 in Denver. Nearly 4,700 physicians, staff, allied medical personnel, and more attended the meeting to discuss the hot topics, technologies and latest research in plastic surgery. From body contouring after bariatric surgery to breast augmentation to hand rejuvenation to robotics, the scope of the meeting was as wide as the specialty.

Watch the PSEN video news coverage of the meeting by clicking the video player above. The first round of lectures recorded in Denver are now available in the Presentations section of the network. More presentations and courses based on select lectures for CME credit will be released in the weeks to come.

Breast Surgery & Body Contouring Symposium 2011

The Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) was on-site recently at the 26th Annual Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium providing demos, recording lectures and conducting interviews of program participants. The symposium, held in Santa Fe on August 25-27, 2011 and sponsored by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and  American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the premier aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery and body contouring meeting of the year. Over the course of the three-day symposium, dozens of topics were covered, including:

  • Preoperative planning, capsular contracture and managing complications in breast augmentation
  • Management of Tuberous Breast and other congenital breast disorders
  • Fat Grafting to the breast
  • Liposuction Techniques
  • Topics in massive weight loss body contouring

Watch the PSEN video news coverage of the meeting by clicking the video player above. View the lectures that PSEN recorded in Santa Fe in the Presentations section of the network.

ASAPS Annual Meeting Reflection: What’s Hot

Written by Joseph Gryskiewicz, MD, PSEN Aesthetic Assistant Editor

Plastic surgery advanes are occurring faster than an “unstoppable” freight train. Probably the hottest of the hot topics is fat……no, not fat removal, as much as fat injection. Adult stem cells (ASC’s) are being studied as a potential way to enhance the survival and results from lipo transfer. Dr. Kataro Yishimura, of Japan, is using the stem cells of fat taken from the hips or tummy for breast augmentations. He will be presenting over 500 breast augmentations done solely by transfering the patient’s own fat cells. As Dr.Robert Singeraptly warns elsewhere in this insert, there is little data to support stem cells as the progenitor for growth. Is this even approved by the FDA? Should it be? Does injected fat cause calcifications which could impair accurate readings of future mammograms in these patients? Could this hide early breast cancer? Worse yet, could the transferred stem cells soup up cancer ready cells igniting a malignancy? There are more questions than answers at this point. A national registry through our reasearch socities hopes to answer these questions as time goes on. To take this a step further to the face, one could ask if there is even such a thing as a “stem cell” facelift? More science and less market hype needs to be added to the stem cell test tube mix. Several European centers are injecting tissue fillers rather than fat for breast augmenation…….I wouldn’t jump on that band wagon either.

Let’s talk about removing fat. Melting your fat by “freezing” your subq tissue is referred to as cryolipolysis [pronounced any way you prefer]. This method has promise for some selected localized areas such as love handles. Using external laser light to reduce fat is a cruel hoax in my opinion. Laser assisted liposuction doesn’t seem to me to be any better than regular liposuction, although some feel they have proven otherwise in “tight” clinical studies. Many surgeons believe traditional liposuction is still the gold standard.

If you like the idea of transfering your own tissue for enhancement, take a look at the “Vampire Lift.” Your own blood is spun in a centrifuge, the plasma rich growth factors are harvested and injected into your face for rejuvenation. Yes, it works; works well because long term clinical studies both here and in Japan have demonstrated durable tissue filling. Now we need a multicenter randomized clinical trial to pound the final nail into the coffin to silence the unbelievers.

On that same note of tissue fillers, safer, “non-sharp” needles have just been introduced in the U.S. for tissue filler injections to prevent the rare occurance of skin loss. Hand rejuvenation using tissue fillers is rapidly catching on. Advanced laser techniques are now availble to treat filler complications such as painful, persistent lumps.

Brigadier General W. Bryan Gamble, plastic surgeon and Commander Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center will in the future describe various advances spawned by recent military conflicts. War Stories: Military Technology and Surgery Complications and Solutions will be reviewed. He will merge into the very latest on tissue regeneration which can help replace lost tissue and the latest in burn therapy which is saving many more soldiers’ lives.

Aesthetic surgery to sculpt and shape the male and female genitalia is becoming more accepted bit-by-bit. Be sure you find someone with lots of experience. Buttock augmentation is one of the last frontiers but is only done by specific individuals world wide.