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The demand for aesthetic surgery has grown tremendously over the last decade. More and more plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeon and oculoplastic surgeons are opting to include aesthetic medicines in their practices so what should Dermatologists be left behind. The practice and proportion of aesthetic surgery has grown at a steady rate in the past decade.

The advent of minimally and less invasive procedures has forced everyone to look at beauty differently. Patients are opting for these procedures because of their numerous advantages such as:

  • Minimal downtime
  • Reversible
  • Low health care cost
  • Ease of administration

In a recent study conducted among the Indian surgeon and medical students, more than 38% admitted that they would like to focus on aesthetic surgery as a sub speciality. Unfortunately, while the current training programs focus extensively on reconstructive procedures they do not focus on aesthetic surgery and procedures.

Aesthetic surgery is defined as the subspecialty of medicine and surgery that uniquely restricts itself to the enhancement of appearance through surgical and medical techniques. It is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance, restoring it or enhancing it beyond the average level toward some aesthetic ideal. The blurring boundaries between different specialities have given a clear indication that there is a need for all specialists to train in aesthetic medicine and surgery.

Dermatologists do a residency in all types of skin conditions but in their training, they do not get much practice in aesthetic dermatology. A dermatologist can benefit a lot more if their practice can offer both the medicinal and aesthetic dermatology. Think of it this way a patient coming to a treatment for a skin lesion will be more satisfied if he can receive a comprehensive care package that treats the skin lesions and removes the scars.

The approach to facial rejuvenation (the need of the day) is evolving every day. Up till the last decade, the focus was on reconstruction, skin care, and skin resurfacing and soft tissue augmentation. New techniques for minimally invasive procedures and a better understanding of the factors behind facial ageing has led to the development of approaches that are more affective. This is where the International Academy of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (IAFCS) steps in with its accredited courses, which are in line with the recent rising interests in chemodenervating agents and their applications in facial engineering.

Basis and advanced courses at International Academy of Facial Cosmetic  Surgery (IAFCS) include introduction, description and hands on training on the detailed facial musculature and how the manipulation of facial soft tissue position and shape  can aide in facial rejuvenation. At IAFCS our course, include training on following techniques:

Botulinum Toxin: Botox has been on the top of the list of non-invasive aesthetic procedures for last few years. Botulinum toxin is derived from Clostridium Botulinum and has proven itself as very effective in treating wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, overactive bladder, and sweaty armpits. In the year 2018 there were about 7 million Botox non-invasive procedures were performed worldwide. Our Beauty with Botox course will cover the various uses of Botox agent in cosmetics surgery in details.

Dermabrasion: Patients often come to dermatologists for quick resolution to basic skin problems such as sun damage, fine lines, brown spots and mild acne scars. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion work by gently removing the outer layer of the skin and revealing the even toned healthy layer of the skin. This is also called as the power peel or a kind of party facial.

Dermal Fillers:  Dermal fillers are second most popular non-invasive treatment methods opted by patients worldwide. Fillers are quick, effective and long lasting with minimal side defects. Fillers are injectable that are administered under the top layer of the skin to fill in the wrinkles and fine lines. They can also add volume to the soft tissues. At IAFCS our course in Beauty with Dermal covers the use of various types of fillers including:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: A common ingredient in most facial creams, Hyaluronic acid filler is effective in removing the depressions due to loss of tissue volume and improving the facial contour. It is also used to reduce the appearance of scar because of injuries and acne, facial lines such as crow’s feet, smile lines, frown lines etc. Hyaluronic acid is available in the market under various commercial names such as Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, and Restylane.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite: This is organic, non-allergic and natural dermal filler. The commercial name is Radiesses. This filler is effective in removing the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It can also enhance the cheek and facial contours as a whole.
  • Polyalkylimide: This type of dermal filler has multipronged uses. It can fill up deep wrinkle and depressed scars, plump up thin lips, contour the check bones and jawlines. It is also used as a non-surgical lip augmentation tool by plastic and cosmetic surgeons worldwide. It is available under the commercial name of Aquamid.
  • Polylactic acid: Commonly known as Sculptra, this is a kind of synthetic filler, which promotes the production of natural collagen in the body. This filler is used for lip augmentation, removing nasolabial lines and facial lines.
  • PMMA: This is semi-permanent filler and is often used to reduce the appearance of pitted scars, wrinkles and deep nasolabial folds. The commercial name of this filer is Bellafil.

Kybella: At IAFCS our aim is to introduce and teach the latest techniques to our trannies to enable them to do a complete non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Kybella is a technique used to remove the double chin by breaking down the face molecules under the chin and tightening the skin for better facial contouring.  This process has low recovery downtime as compared to liposuction.

Thread lift: Thread lift provide tauter, tighter and younger looking skin. Thread lift is done as an outpatient procedure. The practitioner uses thin needles loaded with Polydioxanone threads. The needles are placed under the skin and removed after a few minutes. Thread stays under the skin and provides instant uplifted effect. The threads are completely biodegradable and they dissolve in four to six months.

The increased preferences of patients for minimally invasive procedures have forced the practitioner to changed and improve and work on their knowledge and expertise in various aspects of aesthetics. Lack of academic and practical skill by aesthetic service providers is considered a violation of their ethics code. Blurring borders between the interdisciplinary specialities in aesthetic medicines requires a deep understanding and practice, which is provided by courses at International Academy of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. We train dermatologists to acquire an expert understanding of administration, managing complications and follow-ups for non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments.