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Controversies and Conversations in Laser and Cosmetic Surgery

An Advanced Symposium

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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.



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.

The Program

  • 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”.


Symposium Description

Expert faculty present their views on controversial issues and hot topics in cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, as well as challenging therapeutic problems, followed by lively interactive discussion, including the following

  • Pearls, Complex Cases and Complications: 37 topics/presentations

  • Hot Topics: Laser-assisted Drug Delivery 2022, Regenerative Medicine and more

  • In-depth lectures on:
    - Acne: The New Paradigm
    - Cellulite
    - Pigment Dilemmas: Vitiligo, Melasma, PIH, Hypo or Hyperpigmented Scars
    - The Art and Science of Fillers 2022
    - Tweaking Port Wine Birthmark Treatment: The Quest
    - Picosecond Lasers: Are They Worth the Price?
    - Body Contouring: Fat Reduction, Muscle Toning and Building Strength
    - Corporate Controversies

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 10.50 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

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