American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting features some of the most recognized names in the industry.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) has finalized the program details for its upcoming 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting, which will take place Wednesday, February 3 through Sunday, February 28. AACS’s comprehensive program provides more than 30 AMA PRA category 1 credits for physicians with a mix of live, on-demand, and interactive sessions. Along with scientific presentations on new research and techniques, the program also offers education for practice staff and other sessions related to the business of cosmetic surgery.

To register for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting – Virtual Conference, visit the website. Separate pricing tiers are available for physicians, clinical staff, practice staff, and residents with additional discounts for current AACS members. 

AACS’s program features some of the most recognized names in cosmetic surgery. On February 5, 6, and 12, renowned experts will lead master sessions on key topic areas. Each of these master sessions will feature multiple presentations from additional experts followed by live Q&A. The 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting program chair J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS, will lead the facelift master session,  Daria Hamrah, DMD, FAACS, FADSA, will lead rhinoplasty, Paul Rose, MD, and Marco Barusco, MD, FISHRS, will lead hair restoration, Samir Pancholi, DO, will lead the breast session, Jeff Swetnam, MD, will lead the body session, and Marco Pelosi III, MD, and Mark Lowney, MD, will lead cosmetic gynecology. In addition to the master sessions, the program will feature live-streamed surgical procedures and a best devices session hosted by dermatologist expert Neil Sadick, MD, FAAD, FAACS, FACP, FACPh.

Because the 2021 meeting will be held virtually, AACS has added connect sessions to its program, an innovative format focused on collaboration among meeting attendees and conversations with leading experts. On select evenings from Wednesday, February 3 through Friday, February 12, attendees will hear presentations on current topics in cosmetic surgery followed by live Q&A with the presenter. 

This year’s meeting features the following connect sessions:

“Facelift Techniques” with Joe Niamtu, DMD; “Brazilian Butt Lift,” with Arian Mowlavi, MD, who will review best practices and discuss how to avoid complications; “Managing Eyelid Complications” with Nicole Langelier, MD, MBE; “Social Media” with Amiya Prasad, MD, FACS, who will discuss how he grew his following and give attendees tips on how to grow theirs; “Breast Implant Illness” with James Koehler, MD, who will focus on the current understanding of  breast implant illness and review case studies; “Advocacy” with J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS, and Linda Murphy; and “Injection Complications” with Lisa Chipps. 

AACS’s 2021 Virtual Meeting also includes sessions that address issues related to running a cosmetic surgery practice, open to physicians and their clinical or practice staff. On Friday, February 5, AACS president Mark Mandell-Brown, MD, will present the surgical nurse program that covers topics like infections in the operating room, accreditation, and working with difficult patients. On Saturday, February 6, Talon Maningas, MD, will lead the “Business of Cosmetic Surgery” session, and Marsha Steed, co-chair of the AACS allied health and practice development committee, will lead the February 12 practice management session that covers consultations, customer loyalty, the patient experience, and more. 

In addition to the educational sessions, attendees will be able to connect with each other at the AACS business meeting and presidential address from Mandell-Brown, on February 4. AACS will also hold its second Women in Cosmetic Surgery session on Friday, February 5, which will feature keynote speaker Deborah Benzil, MD, FACS, FAANS, the vice chair of neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health. The keynote presentation will be followed by audience Q&A and an interactive networking event led by AACS past presidents and Women in Cosmetic Surgery Committee co-chairs Suzan Obagi, MD, and Jane Petro, MD, FACS FAACS.

On February 6, AACS will also honor Peter Canalia, who has served as the executive director of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery for more than 30 years, as the 2021 Webster Award recipient. Canalia will accept the award and deliver a speech at 2:00 pm CT. That evening, the Webster Society of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, which serves as the research and education arm of AACS, will host a dinner event for its top donors.