Non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques and fractional resurfacing are just a couple of the topics being tackled during panel discussions all week at this year’s meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Moderated by Jack Friedland, MD, "’I Don’t Want Surgery’- Non-Surgical Options for Facial Rejuvenation" will explore revolumizing of the face using fillers and a variety of volumizing agents, as well as combining volume enhancement with neuromodulators such as Botox and Reloxin (botulinum toxin type A). The session will also include Trevor Born, MD, Claudio De Lorenzi, MD, Barry DiBernardo, MD, and Z. Paul Lorenc, MD.

"Non-surgical facial contouring is an essential part of facial rejuvenation and facial aesthetics," said Trevor Born MD, a plastic surgeon from Toronto, Canada and New York City. "There are many options, and the results with fillers can be fabulous, with minimal downtime."

The panel discussion will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m.

Earlier today, leading experts examined fractional resurfacing, specifically entering into a cost-benefit analysis, during “Fractional Resurfacing: Should We Believe the Hype?”

Moderated by Jeffrey Kenkel, MD, the goal of the session was to take a closer look at the cutting-edge cosmetic treatment, which reduces acne scarring, alleviates dark pigmentation, and improves other conditions of the skin.

Panelists Fritz Barton, Jr., MD, A. Jay Burns, MD, Steven Cohen, MD, and E. Victor Ross, MD, sought to identify the technique’s myths and truths.

"Deep wrinkles, for example, may require so much density from the machine that we are actually taking the treatment to confluent ablative levels in the dermis, thereby defeating the purpose of fractionation entirely. Conversely, fractional technology that penetrates deep into the dermis could be overkill for more surface blemishes," said Fritz Barton, MD a past-president of the Aesthetic Society with a practice in Dallas, TX. "We need to identify what the goals are and establish our expectations as compared to other resurfacing techniques such as peels, dermabrasion, and full ablative resurfacing."

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