Dr. Karel Taams
Attending “The Aesthetic Meeting” of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the working field is paramount to plastic surgeons. Not only do I read scientific literature, but I also regularly visit medical congresses. As such, I am able to keep up with the rapid changes in the industry of plastic surgery and provide patient care according to the latest standards.
Two times a year I travel to the US to attend medical conferences. In May this year, I attended “The Aesthetic Meeting” of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) in New Orleans. This is one of the largest global aesthetic meetings, with more than a thousand attending plastic surgeons. Six days of presentations and additional parallel courses, each taking place in a different conference room. This is an ideal formula, as it gives participants the opportunity to compile their personal learning program, based on what’s relevant for their own practice.
This time, I was especially interested in the courses on breast surgery, rhinoplasty, injectables and facelifts. And, to improve my knowledge on the anatomy of the face, I participated in a cadaver workshop. During this workshop, that is supervised by international instructors experienced in the anatomy of the face, the smallest details of the face are excised on cadavers. This expertise is very useful for performing facelifts.
In the large hall of the convention center, more than a hundred representatives of the cosmetic industry are gathered to exhibit their products and services. These range from medical instruments and website designers to lasers, prostheses, publishers of plastic surgery literature, ergonomic chairs, photographic equipment, liposuction garment, cosmetics, and many more.
And at the end of a long day of presentations, courses, networking and shopping with the industry representatives, it’s time for some relaxation - and what better place to unwind than in New Orleans? Quality food, live jazz music, Mardi Gras, and the charming French quarter. In this respect, New Orleans is the only city in the US with such a vibrant, historic center. After an enjoyable evening, I’m heading back to the hotel on time, as the schedule for the following day is yet another busy one.