American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Meeting Scores Record Attendance

February 19, 2012

More than 700 medical professionals attended the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, making it a record-breaking event.

The event was held Jan.18-21 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.

He added, “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 meeting featured surgeons and keynote speakers known wworldwide, including Dr. Jean Carruthers from Canada, a pioneer in the cosmetic use of botulinum A exotoxin, who also was honored as the recipient of the 2012 Webster Award, named for cosmetic surgery pioneer Richard Webster.

The award recognizessignificant contributions made in the field of cosmetic surgery, according to AACS officials.

Other keynote speakers included Dr. Giovanni Botti from Italy, director and lead surgeon of 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, a  dermatologist who also has been extensively involved in humanitarian aid in numerous developing countries.

“Education has always been the cornerstone of the Academy’s mission to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care,” said Dr. Gerald Edds, AACS 2012 president, who was inducted at the meeting.  

He added, “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”, 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, Stem Cell Conference, New Generation Laser Technology and the 3rd International Symposium on Cellulite, and much more.


The 2013 AACS Annual Meeting will be held in Las Vegas, the 2014 event will be in Miami and 2015 meeting will be in New Orleans.

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