In addition to live surgeries, master sessions, led by international cosmetic surgery specialists, will focus on breast and body surgery, hair restoration, cosmetic gynecology, and more.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) has opened registration for its 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting – Virtual Conference, which will take place Wednesday, February 3 through Sunday, February 28. Attendees will be able to save up to $150 when they register before Monday, November 30 with Early Bird pricing discounts. Separate pricing tiers are available for physicians, clinical staff, practice staff, and residents with additional discounts for current AACS members. 

The comprehensive online learning experience will feature eight days of live sessions and month-long access to all content on demand. Attendees will be able to earn more than 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, connect with their colleagues at special events, and educate their entire team, all without leaving their practice.

“In a time when demand for cosmetic procedures is increasing and patient safety is more important than ever, it’s crucial that we find innovative ways to present information and connect with colleagues,” says AACS president Mark Mandell-Brown, MD. “We’re not only giving our meeting attendees what they need, which is affordable, accessible continuing education on cosmetic surgery. We’re also offering them experiences they’ve never had before and expanding our program to cover every aspect of running a cosmetic surgery practice.”

Along with the live surgery sessions, the program includes master sessions led by internationally recognized doctors in the cosmetic surgery specialty. These sessions will focus on key areas including breast and body surgery, hair restoration, and cosmetic gynecology. These sessions will also feature real-time Q&A sessions with the presenters. 

Another new addition to the program is the interactive Connect sessions, which include presentations from industry leading speakers and a live Q&A portion that allows attendees to participate in the conversation. These Connect sessions cover timely topics including eyelid and injection complications, breast implant illness, and social media.

Meeting attendees will be able to bring their entire staff for diverse sessions that cover the practical aspects of running a cosmetic surgery. In the Business of Cosmetic Surgery session, doctors will share how they achieved success in the industry. Practice Management presentations will cover consultations, customer loyalty, the patient experience, and more. The new Surgical Nurse program, offering CNE credit, will cover topics related to the operating room and accreditation.

“When we knew the meeting would be held virtually, we wanted to design a program that would make the most of the format,” explains 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting chair J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS. “The most exciting part of this year’s program are the live surgeries. For the first time ever, we invited renowned experts to live-stream themselves performing some of the most requested procedures like facelifts, the ‘Mommy Makeover,’ liposuction, and the Brazilian Butt Lift, from their own facilities. Attendees will be getting an unprecedented level of access to watch techniques up close and ask questions as the surgeons work.” 

The Annual Scientific Meeting also promises a virtual Exhibit Hall, poster sessions, brief lightning talks, the AACS Business Meeting, a Webster Award and Lecture and Webster Society Event to benefit the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, and the second annual Women in Cosmetic Surgery event.