The science of facial rejuvenation

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August 16, 2006 You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can certainly take a good guess at when it was printed, and with the wealthiest generation in history heading for old age, it’s not surprising that massive effort is being focussed on anti-aging technologies. Since 1997 there has been a five-fold increase in the number of cosmetic procedures in the United States, with 11.5 million performed last year. The numbers are quite remarkable – over 90% of procedures were performed on women, and a similar percentage were focussed on the face – the cover that is obviously being adjudged too old: last year 3.3 million people had Botox injections, 1.6 million had Laser hair removal, 1.2 million had Hyaluronic acid treatments, 1.0 million had dermabrasion, 556,000 had chemical peels, 231,000 had Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) and 201,000 had nose jobs (Rhinoplasty). With US$12.4 billion spent on cosmetic surgey, and more than US$10 billion spent on facial procedures, you'd think we wouldn't be surprised that a conference such as The Aging Face Conference exists ... and yet we are.

The featured speaker, discussing "35 Year Experience in Face Lifting Surgery," will be Frank M. Kamer, MD, the facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who founded the famed Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills. He is a Clinical Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at the USC School of Medicine.

Many of the leading plastic, facial plastic, eye plastic surgeons, dermatologists and laser specialists in the United States are scheduled to present the most up-to-date findings in facial rejuvenation. In addition, the conference is expected to draw physicians and other attendees from across the country and around the world. Speakers from the world's most respected academic institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine will participate.

This one-of-a-kind event for physicians highlights the latest proven advances and innovations in facial rejuvenation from the field's leading practitioners -- many affiliated with the nation's top medical schools. Combining research presentations with live patient workshops, the program will be the first new and accredited national facial cosmetic surgery conference in New York in more than 20 years. Other notable physicians on the program include David J. Goldberg, MD, Clinical Professor and Director of Laser Research and Mohs Surgery in the Department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Oscar Ramirez, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Henry M. Spinelli, MD Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Michael J. Yaremchuk, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

"Focusing on facial rejuvenation this conference offers attendees a unique opportunity to experience the most advanced developments in this rapidly changing field," said Thomas Romo III, MD, FACS, the event's chairperson and organizer. "In addition, the conference's distinctive format provides a unique learning atmosphere. Lectures from specialists will present the newest research and treatment options. Also, hands-on patient workshops will allow doctors to review what they have learned and discuss the innovations with leading experts. The conference represents a new direction for medical professionals involved in restoring the face."

One of the nation's most forward-thinking facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Romo is Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is also Director Emeritus of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has published numerous medical academic research studies and is the author of a leading medical textbook on the subject.

In-depth conference presentations will cover the latest research and innovations in facial rejuvenation including Global Evaluation of the Aging Face; Brow Lift; Mid-Face Lift; Facial Implants; Facial Threading; Face Lift; Lasers; Blepharoplasty; Minimally Invasive Facial Plastic Surgery; Implantable Fillers; Botulinum Toxin Type A and Fillers, and Anesthesia Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation.

A special Exhibit Hall will feature companies showing the latest innovations and products to help restore the aging face. They include: Allergan, ALMA Lasers, BioForm, Berkshire Resources, Candela, Coapt Systems, Contour Threads/Surgical Specialties Corporation, Cynosure, Dermik, Elsevier, Implantech Associates, Karl Storz Endoscopy, KLS Martin, Lumenis, Medicis, Mentor Corporation, Niadyne, Palomar, PCA Advanced Skin Care Systems, Porex Surgical, Sciton, Snowden Pencer and Thermage.

In addition, introductory remarks on Facial Beauty in our Current Culture will be moderated by Alexandra Witt, MSNBC, and include beauty author and consultant Wendy Lewis; Laura Geller, President, Laura Geller; Lois Joy Johnson, Beauty and Fashion Director, More Magazine and Jennifer Linder, MD, Chief Scientist, PCA Advanced Skin Care Systems. A Question and Answer Panel which will include the previously listed speakers and Valerie Monroe, Beauty Director, O Magazine, will follow the session.

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