Controversies and Conversations in Laser and Cosmetic Surgery

An Advanced Symposium

2022 Meeting Agenda Coming Soon


Joe Niamtu, MD, shares why you don't want to miss the Controversies & Conversations Symposium.

Each year sees the development of many new lasers, light and energy sources, skin tightening devices, relaxers and fillers, and other cosmetic interventions, each with proponents and opponents. The claims and disclaims that follow the development of these devices is often contradictory.

A faculty of distinguished speakers will present their views and stimulate discussion on many of these controversies and other emerging areas. “Controversies” offers participants a unique opportunity to discuss these controversial topics in a collegial atmosphere with a large group of experts in the field.


This course will be of benefit to beginner and experienced laser and aesthetic surgeons, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, oculoplastic surgeons, and other health care personnel interested in the current status of cutaneous and cosmetic surgery.



At the conclusion of the course, participants can:

  • identify and manage the spectrum of cosmetic and functional skin conditions treatable with energy-based devices and other aesthetic methods.

  • determine optimum therapy of choice for noninvasive treatment of pigmentary and vascular cutaneous lesions, photoaging, and face and body chronologic aging.

  • explain to patients the rationale for use of chosen laser or aesthetic surgical treatments, interpret what has been written in the scientific literature to wording understandable to a layperson, and recommend appropriate interventions for their concerns.


Bring along slides of difficult cases and take part in ongoing discussions among expert faculty and participating clinicians on current trends and state-of-the-art techniques in cutaneous and aesthetic surgery.

  • Controversial issues will be presented at the start of each discussion.

  • Selected faculty members will then be given a finite period of time to present their view.

  • The faculty will then comment on the presentations.

  • This will be followed by an open vigorous discussion with attendees, led by course directors

  • Both the faculty, as well as members of the audience, will be encouraged to challenge each other’s opinions in a lively, no holds barred discussion.

  • The last presentation each morning will feature challenging therapeutic problems and late breaking “Hot Topics”.



50+ leading experts in laser and cosmetic surgery cut through the marketing hype and develop a consensus on controversial and emerging therapies, devices and products.

  • Discuss hot topics including isotretinoin  and lasers, PRP, feminine and hand rejuvenation.

  • Learn about new horizons in fillers, fractional technology, non-surgical body contouring, and laser-assisted drug delivery.​

  • Debate controversies for complex cases and complications such as lasers and skin cancer, thread lifts, picosecond lasers for tattoos, facial skin tightening, and submental fat treatments.

  • Get pearls for fractional resurfacing, needles vs. cannulas, microtoxin injection, periorbital laser treatment, social media and more.

  • Explore corporate controversies, trends and current issues.

  • Build connections at networking events and during great activities

CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and Masters Program in Laser Education. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Designation

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Past Attendee Testimonial

"Thanks everyone for a great educative event as always. Such an innovative fresh concept still even though it has been going for such a long time. The chairs particularly were so adroit at limiting speakers who would possibly love to talk forever to their allotted time. The audience as always seemed to know as much as the speakers. Such a rare privilege to be involved in such a high class event." 
Greg Goodman, MD