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Program & Agenda

View the 2023 Agenda

Scroll through the Agenda for Controversies & Conversations 2023, held on August 11-13 in Vancouver, Canada!

View the 2023 Faculty List

Browse the list of elite faculty that we are thrilled to welcome to Controversies & Conversations this year. 

Skin Analysis

2023 Symposium Key Topics

  • RF Microneedling

  • Laser Treatments Revolutionizing the Treatment of Acne

  • Are all Pico Lasers Created Equally?

  • Femtosecond Lasers: Are They the Future ?

  • 3D Lasering: Safe and Effective for Skin of Color?

  • Combination Therapies: Safe and Effective?

  • Scarring: The Best Approach

  • Laser Assisted Drug Delivery: A Paradigm Shift in Skin Therapeutics

  • Fat Reduction and Muscle Toning Combination Therapies

  • Long-Acting Neuromodulators: Worthwhile?

  • Filler: How Many is Too Many?

  • Melasma: How to Tame This Beast?

  • Skin Tightening is on Everyone's Mind. Do We Have Devices that Truly Tighten?


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.


Following this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and manage the spectrum of cosmetic and functional skin conditions which respond to energy-based devices and aesthetic treatments such as neurotoxins, fillers and the broad array of new and emerging aesthetic therapies.

  • Determine optimum therapies of choice for noninvasive treatment of pigmentary and vascular cutaneous lesions, photo and chronologic aging, scarring, cellulite, fat reduction,  body contouring, acne and other conditions.

  • Identify potential complications and utilize avoidance and management strategies.

  • 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”.


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

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