The event was held January 18-21, 2012 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.
“We could not be more thrilled with the attendance for the Annual Meeting,” said Dr. Angelo Cuzalina, 2011 AACS President. “The Academy is a community that continues to grow globally. And this record turnout from across the world demonstrates that the Academy’s signature event, the Annual Meeting, is recognized as the premier educational meeting for cosmetic surgeons.”
The Annual Meeting, an international, multi-specialty meeting in cosmetic surgery, featured world-renowned surgeons and Keynote Speakers, including Dr. Jean Carruthers from Canada, a pioneer in the cosmetic use of botulinum A exotoxin, who was also honored as the recipient of the 2012 Webster Award, named for cosmetic surgery pioneer Richard Webster. The award recognizes significant contributions made in the field of cosmetic surgery. Dr. Carruthers also gave the annual Webster Lecture.
Other Keynote Speakers included: Dr. Giovanni Botti from Italy, director and lead surgeon of the most advanced cosmetic surgery facility in Europe, Italy’s Villa Bella Clinic; Dr. Doris Maria Hexsel from Brazil, an expert on cellulite, botulinum toxins and pigmentary disorders who is responsible for cosmetic dermatology at the Pontificia Universidad do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil; and Dr. Luitgard Wiest from Germany, world-renowned dermatologist who has also been extensively involved in humanitarian aid in numerous developing countries.
Dr. Gerald Edds, who was inducted as 2012 AACS President at the meeting and served as the Annual Meeting Program Chair added,“Education has always been the cornerstone of the Academy’s mission to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care. This year’s meeting focused on that mission by featuring sessions customized for each specialty within the field, focused on best practices, practice gaps, patient safety and quality improvement.”
Attendees chose from a comprehensive educational program with topics ranging from Live Patient Demonstrations of In-Office Procedures for Dermatology, Advanced Topics in Body Contouring and Post-Bariatric Surgery, Rhinoplasty and Otoplasty, Blepharoplasty and Browlift, Advanced Topics in Breast Surgery, Advance Topics in Face and Neck Surgery Vein Surgery, Hair Replacement Surgery and expanded Practice Management Sessions.
The Academy also expanded their line of pre-conferences and symposiums, including the Fifth Annual World Congress of the International Society of Cosmetogynecology (ISCG), our first-ever Spanish Symposium, Stem Cell Conference, New Generation Laser Technology, Foundations of Liposuction, Foundations of Cosmetic Breast Surgery and the 3rd International Symposium on Cellulite.
In addition, as part of continuing efforts to go green, the AACS introduced its new Annual Meeting Mobile App and digital final program. The Mobile App allowed attendees to view all areas of the event and customize their meeting schedule through their smartphones. More than 130 exhibitors also demonstrated the latest innovative products and services.
Looking ahead, the 2013 AACS Annual Meeting will also be held in Las Vegas with 2014 in Miami and 2015 in New Orleans.
About the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)
Founded in 1985, the mission of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (CosmeticSurgery.org) is to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care. AACS is the leader in continuing medical education for all specialties of cosmetic surgery, providing fellowship training programs, live surgery workshops, medical symposiums and an annual scientific meeting. Most members of the AACS are board-certified cosmetic surgeons, dermatological surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, obstetric-gynecologic surgeons, general surgeons and ophthalmic surgeons – all of whom specialize in cosmetic surgery. AACS is the organization that represents all cosmetic surgeons in the American Medical Association (AMA) through its seat in the AMA House of Delegates.