Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Back from another conference

The annual American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) meeting ended this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. The meeting was remarkable for its emphasis on non-surgical approaches to skin rejuvenation. I'll talk about the facial enhancement items first.

The liquid facelift approach to facial enhancement was emphasized in many of the sessions. A variety of new wrinkle fillers and facial volume enhancers can now be used in addition to Botox® to lift jowls, fill sunken cheeks and lower eyelids and lift brows – all without surgery. These fillers include Radiesse, Sculptra, which you know about already, and a new products called Novielle.

Dr. Pozner and I are on the Advisory Board for Coapt, the manufacturer of Novielle and among the first in the world to use this product. The material is a natural calcium gel unlike any other material currently used for non-surgical facial enhancement.

It is now increasingly easy to postpone a facelift for those who wish to avoid surgery. I'd like to point to the leaders in this field now, including Dr. Alistair Carruthers, Dr. Tina Alster and others.

Cosmetic dermatology isn't all about fillers, however. Tomorrow, I'll talk about some of the new non-invasive body sculpturing techniques that were being shown off.

Dr. David Goldberg
Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center

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