IMCAS Annual World Congress 2020 Paris
IMCAS Paris 2020
I had the incredible opportunity to be among the 12 000 delegates that attended this year’s 22nd International Master Course on Aging Science (IMCAS) Annual World Congress held at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.
The congress has 15 themes with 2662 presentations covering aesthetic medicine, ageing science, oculoplastic surgery, dermatology and plastic surgery. The most interesting sessions for me included anatomy , injectable treatments, chemical peels, micro-needling , suspension devices (thread lifting), hair restoration, cell therapy and regenerative medicine using the stem cells derived from fat.
Presentations on the use of artificial intelligence, robotics, and new technologies in aesthetic medicine provoked much food for thought along with current social media directions.
Most fascinating were the cadaver workshops. Here an anatomist would dissect an area on a cadaver while at the same time, an aesthetic doctor injected a living patient in the same area. This was projected onto huge screens so we could all clearly see the underlying anatomy. The dissections highlighted danger zones including the location of important blood vessels and nerves.
As KOL (Key Opinion Leader) for Novoxel SA, I found the pre-congress Tixel workshop particularly informative and helpful.
Using thermo-mechanical fractional ablative technology Tixel® is an exciting new device for skin rejuvenation. Tixel treats skin especially around the mouth, eyelids, neck, décolletage, jawline and hands. Suitable for all skin types, mechanical ablation technology transfers precise thermal energy to the skin to create an array of microchannels with minimal discomfort or downtime.
I also loved meeting the Novoxel team of scientists and biomedical engineers from Germany and Israel.
Wearing my Genop SA trainer hat, I refreshed my knowledge on Ellanse biostimulators and Silhouette thread lifting at the Sinclair Symposium.
At the Teoxane Academy session on Teosyal Dermal Fillers, teachers Lee Walker was as usual, inspirational and I also enjoyed Andrew Christie’s practical Dermapen demonstrations. It was super to catch up with the Genop and Dermapen “family”!
One of the world’s largest congresses of its kind, this year’s IMCAS festival of subjects showcasing the latest trends, updates and innovations provided a wealth of inspiration. While it was stimulating to be among such motivated international professionals, it was also reassuring to realise that we in South Africa are right up there with our knowledge, techniques, products and standards.