Key opinion leaders in the field of Asian Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery met at the Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last November 5 to 7, 2009 for the first Asian Breast Aesthetic Symposium. Themed “Taking it to the next level”, the “ by-invitation only” event focused primarily on aesthetic surgery of the breast. The symposium included various lectures as well as live surgery on closed circuit video. Participants from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Hongkong, China, India, New Zealand, Korea and the Philippines were in attendance.
During the live surgery sessions, Dr. Charles Randquist (Sweden), Dr. Marco Faria Correa (Brazil and Singapore), Dr. Luan Jie (China), and Dr. Yoshinori Nagumo (Japan) demontrated a variety of surgical techniques in breast augmentation. Dr. Charles Randquist performed breast augmentation using the latest form stable cohesive silicone gel implants, using inframammary fold incisions. Dr. Marco Faria Correa used polyurethane breast implants with periareolar incisions. Dr. Luan Jie performed transaxillary dual plane breast augmentation with the use of an endoscope while Dr. Yoshinori Nagumo also used transaxillary incisions, but without the endoscope. Dr. Steven Teitelbaum and Dr. Arthur Swift were moderators as participants were given the opportunity to interact with the surgeons while they performed these live operations.
Aesthetic breast surgery is one of the most popular procedures in aesthetic surgery today and the symposium aimed to give leading board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons from Asian countries a venue to learn the latest advances in this particular procedure. Among the topics covered were the aesthetics of the breast, factors in implant selection, advantages and disadvantages of the various techniques, cultural differences, minimizing scarring, ways to lower complication and reoperation rates, evidence based medicine and best practices for safe and predictable short and long term results with the least complications. The event allowed for discussion which concentrated on the many details of aesthetic breast surgery which otherwise cannot be covered by a less focused event which covers many other procedures.
“In the field of Aesthetic surgery, it is key to an aesthetic plastic surgeon’s practice that he is up to date with the various developments that are constantly taking place,” Dr. Carlos Lasa, Jr., delegate from the Philippines explained