01 October 2008

The latest discoveries, technologies, research and procedures for cosmetic surgery will be put under scrutiny at Plastic Surgery 2008, an annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons where the scientific side of surgery is presented and discussed.

Attending the Chicago meeting will be more than 6,000 doctors, medical personnel and exhibitors aiming to present innovations in the field. The event will take place from October 31 until November 5 and promises to highlight myriad issues concerning the cosmetic surgery industry - from creating a beautiful smile to laser rejuvenation procedures.

According to Medical News Today, the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Richard D'Amico, said: "Plastic Surgery 2008 will offer new research on a variety of topics including patient satisfaction and outcomes in breast surgery and facial rejuvenation, body contouring after massive weight loss, a review of stem cell data and its potential to improve fat transfer and survival, and more.

"We will also explore emerging, sometimes controversial, areas where further scientific evidence is needed such as fat injections for breast augmentation. The amazing advances we've made in repairing devastating facial injuries in soldiers injured in Iraq and how these advances are bridged to help civilians who are victims of inner-city violence will be a highlight. The innovations to be presented are poised to transform the specialty and advance medicine as a whole."

The opening ceremonies for the event will take place on November 1 and feature esteemed journalist and writer Bob Woodward, who will speak about his latest work. On November 2, companies will be given the opportunity to showcase their products and display a variety of cosmetic surgeries and procedures such as facelifts, mastoplexy, dermal fillers and rhinoplasty through presentations and panels.