FACE Conference 2010
14/07/2010 at 15:08:15
| by Karen Sargeant
It’s been a busy week having returned from the 8th annual FACE Conference held at The Royal College of Surgeons in London. The Conference attracts surgeons, doctors and medical practitioners from all over the UK and overseas and has become a highlight in the aesthetic calendar. This year certainly didn’t disappoint with a speaker list that read like a 'who’s who' of the medical world. The pièce de résistance was a stunning Summer Ball in the auspicious setting of the Natural History Museum under the watchful eye of a diplodocus!
The hot topics this year included the withdrawal of the recently launched dermal filler Novabel®, the use of fractional sublative Laser and radiofrequency systems and stem cell therapy and their role in rejuvenation.
We were extremely excited about the launch of Novabel® this year at the Paris Anti Ageing Conference in January. Its exclusive properties as a mouldable dermal filler, with its unique patented molecules that expand once in the skin, was set to revolutionise aesthetic fillers. Since the launch there have been some reports of adverse reactions particularly in the infraorbital (eye) region. The German based manufacturers of Novabel®, Merz, have taken the decision to temporarily withdraw the product until a suitable resolution can be found. Merz have suggested that there have been no reported problems in any other facial areas and has recommended that it is safe to use outside the infraorbital region. “With over 12,000 patients having been treated across Europe I have every confidence with using this product” explains Dr Lucy Glancey and comments “Merz are an extremely ethical and moral company and I admire them for taking this action.”
Autologous stem cell techniques are an exciting development in facial rejuvenation. The use of fat transfer to create volume has long been established. However there are some aspects to this modality that has its drawbacks namely the unpredictability of volume and longevity. Combining stem cells with fat prior to transplant are showing promising results overcoming the problems associated with fat transfer alone and the survival of the fat is more predictable. “I am keen to monitor the studies further with this new technique particularly for fat transfer in the breast tissue as I think this would offer a comparable option to breast implants” suggests Dr Glancey.
The Conference's main focus was on fractional Laser resurfacing and attracted large audiences to some key note speakers including Dr David Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Director of Laser Research of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Dr Ash Dutta cosmetic surgeon in the UK.
We were impressed with Dr Dutta’s results using a using a Fractional CO2 Laser. This Laser is typically used for resurfacing, removing imperfections and strengthening the collagen in the skin to achieve a tighter smoother texture. The fractional aspect of the Laser causes partial damage of the skin leaving some areas intact which leads to quicker recovery times and generally less downtime than ablative techniques. We have observed these systems now for sometime and are keen to add it to our treatment menu particularly to help patients with lax loose skin in difficult areas such as around the mouth, chin and neck. FACE gave us the opportunity to discuss various systems with practitioners and we feel sure that when we choose a machine to use in our clinics it will be the best one for our patients.
We would like to thank Wigmore Medical, the organisers of the Conference, for putting together an extremely informative event.
About the Author
Karen is the practice manager for Glancey Medical Associates and oversees the operational activities of the groups clinics and associated clinics as well as being a hands on practitioner.
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