The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) announces its annual meeting, which will be held October 31 to November 5, 2008, at the McCormick Place West Convention Center, in Chicago.

“Plastic Surgery 2008 will offer new research on a variety of topics, including patient satisfaction and outcomes in breast surgery and facial rejuvenation, body contouring after massive weight loss, a review of stem cell data and its potential to improve fat transfer and survival, and more,” says Richard D’Amico, MD, ASPS president. “We will also explore emerging, sometimes controversial, areas where further scientific evidence is needed such as fat injections for breast augmentation. The amazing advances we’ve made in repairing devastating facial injuries in soldiers injured in Iraq and how these advances are bridged to help civilians who are victims of inner-city violence will be a highlight. The innovations to be presented are poised to transform the specialty and advance medicine as a whole.”

Hot Topics will include:

• Reconstructive Innovations
• Should We Inject Fat Into the Breast?
• The Role of Body Mass in Body Contouring Complications
• Creating the Beautiful Smile—Perioral Rejuvenation
• Mastopexy and Augmentation of the Severely Deformed Breast after Massive Weight Loss, Aging, and Pregnancy
• Treating Devastating Maxillofacial Trauma—Lessons Learned from the War Abroad and the War in the Inner-City
• Improved Cosmetic Outcomes with Free Fat Transfer in Breast Implant Reconstruction
• Modern Facelift—What I Now Do Differently and Why
• New Tips and Tricks with Injectables and Dermal Fillers—Optimizing Patient Results (Featuring Live Patient Injections)
• Identification and Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders in Cosmetic Surgery
• The South American and European Perspective—Refinements in Body Contouring
• The Science of Fat Transfer—The Skinny on Fat
• The Role of the Plastic Surgeon in the Treatment of Hyperhidrosis

For more information, visit www.plasticsurgery.org.