American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, Denver, Sept. 23-27

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - From the latest research on breast implants and newly discovered health benefits of liposuction, to the dangers consumers face by choosing unqualified professionals to perform their cosmetic surgery – the hottest topics, technologies and research will be presented at Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, the annual scientific assembly of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). More than 5,000 physicians, medical personnel, exhibitors and industry representatives in the field of plastic surgery will attend the meeting, which will take place  Sept. 23-27 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

"No other meeting brings together the world's foremost experts on virtually every aspect of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery to impart their knowledge, research and new techniques," said ASPS President Phillip Haeck, MD. "The meeting will help board-certified plastic surgeons continue to develop innovative procedures, explore emerging trends and promote patient safety."

ASPS Patient Safety Campaign: "Do Your Homework"
The ASPS will launch its "Do Your Homework" patient safety campaign during Plastic Surgery 11, THE Meeting. The campaign urges consumers to check their doctor's credentials and ensure their cosmetic surgery is performed by plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ASPS warns that physicians without specialized training may market themselves as "cosmetic surgeons." After all, any physician can wear a white coat, but not all physicians are board-certified in plastic surgery. A 30 second TV public service announcement (PSA) and a multi-media news release will kick-off the launch.

Opening Ceremonies
Keynote speaker and ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff will share his experience regarding the 2006 accident that left him with severe brain injury, during Opening Ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 23 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. MDT. While on assignment in Iraq, the journalist was seriously injured when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle. Woodruff will also help present the annual Patients of Courage: Triumph over Adversity awards honoring inspirational reconstructive plastic surgery patients who've overcome traumatic illness or injury and are now giving back to their communities.

Special Media Event
Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery is one of the most popular panels at the annual meeting – and again this year, ASPS will bring these presentations directly to the media during the Hot Topics Overview/Webinar for the Media on Monday, Sept. 26, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. MDT. During this dynamic hour, journalists can get answers to questions regarding the latest technologies and procedures and engage in conversation with the experts on-site or via webinar.

Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall, open Saturday, Sept. 24 to Monday, Sept. 26, will showcase more than 270 companies featuring products and services that include the latest breast implants, injectable wrinkle fighters, cosmetics/skin care and body contouring technologies. This array of exhibitors will bring plastic surgeons up to date on cutting-edge products and technologies to enhance patient care.

Media are invited to attend most lectures, panels and courses. Topics presented at Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting include:

• The Perceived Effect of Breastfeeding on Breast Aesthetics: Does it Affect Breastfeeding Success in Women with Breast Augmentation?
• Identification and Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders in Cosmetic Surgery
• Safety and Efficacy of Topical Botulinum Toxin Type-A for Treating Crow's Feet
• Cosmetic Rejuvenation of the Hand
• Body Contouring Following Bariatric Surgery: How Much is Being Done?
• Breast Reconstruction in the Obese Patient
• Significant Reduction in Triglyceride Level and White Cell Count after Liposuction
• Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery
• Current Concepts in Fat Grafting
• Long-term Outcomes in Breast Augmentation Surgery
• Robotics in Plastic Surgery
• Solid Hyaluronic Acid: A New Delivery System for the Precise and Rapid Treatment of Wrinkles

For a full listing of meeting activities, visit www.plasticsurgerythemeeting.org

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. 

Contact ASPS

Media Relations
(847) 228-9900
media@plasticsurgery.org