Plastic surgery is one of most competitive field in the medical world. Its scope is vast and with increasing number of people, seeking corrective and restructuring surgeries the demand for qualified and experienced plastic surgeons is increasing on a daily basis. However, there is a unique drawback to the training curriculum and that is the lack of aesthetic training. Although aesthetics is a part of the course, the training in aesthetic surgery especially non-invasive treatments is very limited.
The introduction and development of minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures has changed how the people view aesthetic treatments. More and more patients want a scar free, least invasive and minimal downtime procedures rather than long sittings in the surgeon’s office. Various procedures such as the use of tissue fillers for the face, botulinum toxin for wrinkles and lines, thread lifts, aggravated facial engineering and hair treatments like the PRP, QR67 and Stem cell therapy has led to a paradigm shift in the outlook of aesthetic medicine in both surgeons and patients.
Studies have a distinctive shift in a types of procedures that patients have chooses over the years with botulinum toxin’s preference increasing to a notable 700% since 2000 and demand for fillers rising to 274% from 2000. Other procedures such as chemical peels (14%), laser hair removal (52%) and microdermabrasion (8%) have shown a steep rise. Whereas procedure like breast augmentation, liposuction, cosmetic rhinoplasty have taken a back seat. With the increasing circulation of knowledge, it is important for plastic surgeons to work upon and improve their aesthetic skills immediately to catch up with the rest of the world.
There is an increased need for interdisciplinary treatments from plastic surgeons, dermatologists and cosmetologists for the benefits of the patients. Plastic surgeons can benefit from learning the aesthetic because with the knowledge they can offer a comprehensive treatment plan to the patients. For example besides treating the patient with reconstructive surgery for scars, you can also use fillers and other therapies like laser to minimize the appearance of the scar.
Plastic surgeons go into a residency program after completing their graduation. There is no specific module in the residency programs that teaches about various aesthetic procedures to the plastic surgeons. The only way Plastic surgeons can augment their knowledge to join a workshop, class, seminar or lectures. This is where International Academy of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (IAFCS) can help you. International Academy of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (IAFCS), which has established a strict set of criteria to ensure experience and proficiency in aesthetic engineering, accredit all our course and classes. At IAFCS, our courses cover the following topics
Botulinum Toxin: Botulinum toxin is one of the most common chemical used for aesthetic procedures for years. Botulinum toxin has many uses in oculoplastic, cosmetic surgery and dermatology. It can be used for reducing the wrinkles and crow’s feet, reducing migraine, reducing sweating from under arms and palms, overactive bladder etc. There are two types of Botox: A and B. Learning where and how to inject Botox and in what quantities will help plastic surgeons take their skills to the next level.
Kybella: An excellent non-invasive option to removing the double chin without surgical intervention. Kybella is FDA approved and it works by breaking down the fat molecules under the chin. Kybella is a non-surgical liposuction option that works wonders since the downtime is minimal.
Dermal fillers: Fillers are gel like injectable that fill in the wrinkles and add volume to the soft tissues. There are many kinds of dermal fillers
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite: Commercial name: Radiesses. It is a component naturally found in human bones and is used to treat the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, enhance the fullness of cheeks and facial contours and improve the facial volume. It is a non-allergic compound and produces natural looking results.
- Hyaluronic acid: Commercial name: Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, Restylane. It is used to remove the depressions and improve the skin contour. Hyaluronic acid can reduce the appearance of scars, injury and lines such as acne scars, crow’s feet, smile lines, frown lines, smoker’s lines etc. It is a most popular kind of filler and is also useful for helping ease the arthritis pain.
- Polyalkylimide: Commercial name Aquamid. It is a used by plastic surgeons to treat deep wrinkles and depressed scars, plump thin lips, and enhance cheekbones and jawline to replace the lost facial volume. This is biocompatible filler and does not interfere with x-rays. Plastic surgeons can use polyalkylimide as an alternative to surgical lip augmentation.
- Polylactic acid: Commercial name: Sculptra. Sculptra is synthetic filler and when injected in the body promotes the production of collagen. It is a nontoxic and biodegradable substance. Plastic surgeons use Sculptra to plump up the thin lips, treat the nasolabial folds and remove the fine lines.
- PMMA: Commercial name: Bellafil. Most plastic surgeons are familiar with PMMA filler as it is used in permanent surgical implants. It is semi-permanent fillers and is used to treat deep wrinkles and nasolabial folds and fill out the pitted scars.
Understanding Facial aesthetic and the effect of minimally invasive and least invasive on the shape of the face is very important for a plastic surgeon. Understanding the concept of facial engineering is something that plastic surgeons are well aware of. There are 20 flat skeletal muscles under the facial skin. They are unique in their positioning and function. They are also categorized on the basis of muscles of mouth, nose, eyelid, neck, cranium and the ear. Thus, the study of facial aesthetics requires a deep study and hands on experience on various instruments of facial rejuvenation, which IAFCS can assist you with.