Nearly 3,000 of the industry's top aesthetic physicians and related professionals descended upon Las Vegas, Nev., from July 5 - 8, 2018, to experience the highly anticipated 12th annual installment of The Aesthetic Show (TAS). Taking place at the Wynn Resort & Casino, this leading scientific conference offered four days of unrivaled educational sessions, workshops and hands-on training.
Unlike other aesthetic meetings, TAS’s inclusive, multidisciplinary environment allowed medical professionals to rub elbows with business analysts, executives and top industry manufacturers.
“The Aesthetic Show is the gold standard in this field, and the 2018 event has once again displayed an unparalleled dedication to the evolution of our industry,” said the show’s scientific chairman Andrew Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., an acclaimed plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and host of CBS’s The Doctors.
“It was a wonderful meeting,” expressed Joseph Niamtu, III, D.M.D., a cosmetic surgeon in Richmond, Va. “TAS is so different from other meetings. Make no mistake, it is a scientific meeting, but it is also a Show with a capital S. It is a great place to meet people, be entertained and educated. I liked the energy and the fact that there was something for everybody. The program and exhibit hall covered cosmetic medicine, aesthetics, medspas, practice management and more. A large number of physicians had staff in tow, and everyone had a place to go at TAS 2018.”
Rather than focus on theoretical subjects, TAS 2018’s educational program concentrated on practical anti-aging approaches and procedures, Dr. Ordon noted. “As the industry grows we have to stay ahead of the curve in terms of the latest techniques and technologies. TAS 2018 plays such an important role in educating and inspiring practitioners and product developers to take medical aesthetics to the next level,” he said.
That next level was well represented during pre-show sessions that covered the latest trends in feminine rejuvenation, male aesthetics and regenerative aesthetics. The latter symposium featured many well-known key opinion leaders in the field and focused on stem cell-based solutions, microfat grafting and volumization technologies, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), stromal vascular fraction (SVF), growth factors and more. As a current mega-trend, the topic of regenerative aesthetics also warranted a general session during the main program.
Overall, “the sessions this year consistently presented new and exciting technologies that were backed by solid clinical studies and scientific data,” stated Richard Goldfarb, M.D., a plastic surgeon in Langhorne, Pa.
“For instance, BTL Aesthetics’ Emsculpt, which is a paradigm shift in reducing fat and building muscle, came with reams of clinical background and an FDA approval,” he elaborated. “I also saw new techniques in hair restoration, in which grafts that were soaked in PRF showed improved survival rates. There was also a solution for erectile dysfunction beyond pills, in which energy-based modalities treated the underlying cause of the condition. In addition, I was impressed with the new transdermal delivery systems that are coming out soon.”
Throughout TAS 2018, attendees also benefited from live patient demonstrations, including hands-on training guided by skilled instructors.