"With cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery reaching nearly 14.8 million procedures in 2004, the public's interest in plastic surgery shows no signs of slowing down," said ASPS President Scott Spear, MD. "The ASPS annual meeting gives plastic surgeons the ability to investigate and refine new techniques, review the safety and effectiveness of devices and procedures, and explore emerging trends in plastic surgery."
Sandra Day O'Connor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m., during Opening Ceremonies at McCormick Place Lakeside Center. Justice O'Connor, who served 24 terms before announcing her retirement in July, is the 102nd appointee and the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Opening Ceremonies will also feature the annual Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity awards honoring inspirational reconstructive plastic surgery patients who have overcome devastating illness or injury.
Panels, courses and studies include:
- The Iraq Experience: The Plastic Surgery Contribution to Modern War Injuries
- Suture Suspension for Facial Rejuvenation: Does it Really Work?
- Breast Cancer Recurrence Following Reconstruction: Incidence, Detection and Treatment
- Is Mesotherapy Effective in the Treatment of Lower Eyelid Fat Herniation?
- Non-invasive Body Contouring by Focused Ultrasound -- Summary of Results from Three Clinical Trials
- Aging of the Mid-Face Bony Elements: A Three Dimensional CT Study
- Laser Removal of Unwanted Hand Veins
- Advances in Non-Invasive Facial Enhancement: The Evolving Role of Botulinum Toxin, Soft-Tissue Fillers and More
- Cost-Benefit Analysis for Pathologic Examination of Reduction Mammoplasty Specimens
- Hot Topics in Plastic Surgery
- Facial Transplantation: A Public Debate
- Gender Reassignment Surgery in Male-to-Female and Female-to-Male Transsexuals
- Female Plastic Surgeons' Perspectives in Breast Reconstruction
- Post-Bariatric Surgery: Body Contouring, Reconstructive Considerations and Optimal Outcomes
- Identification and Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders in Cosmetic Surgery Patients
- Skin Substitutes
- Breast Implants: Use, Efficacy and Safety - The Immediate Horizon and Beyond
For a full listing of Plastic Surgery 2005 activities, visit www.plasticsurgery.org.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 6,000 member, the society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Note: Reporters can register to attend Plastic Surgery 2005 and arrange interviews with presenters by logging on to www.plasticsurgery.org/news_room/Annual-Meeting-Media-Information.cfm or by contacting ASPS Public Relations at (847) 228-9900 or in Chicago, September 25 -28 at (312) 949-3250.
Reporters interested in attending Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 24 should notify ASPS Public Relations by Wednesday, Sept. 21 at (847) 228-9900. The Press Room will not be open on Saturday. If you have questions onsite regarding Saturday programs, please call ASPS Public Relations at (847) 804-5086.