Lipoplasty Challenge - Man vs. Machine

ASAPS meeting explores the roles of artistry and technology in liposuction

Boston, MA (May 06, 2011) — One of the highlights at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) will be a panel featuring  Barry DiBernardo, MD, Constantino Mendieta, MD, and Simeon Wall Jr., MD discussing the intersection of surgical artistry and technical expertise with the newest innovations in liposuction technology.  “Lipoplasty – It’s Us – Not the Machine” will be moderated by Steven Teitelbaum, MD. 

“ASAPS members have always been devoted to achieving the best outcomes for their patients. We will have three leading authorities help the audience think about the interplay of their own skills with technology,” said Dr. Teitelbaum of Santa Monica, CA. “Their presentations will provoke plastic surgeons to take a fresh and even painful look at how they are balancing an honest presentation of their own liposuction results with the demands of the marketplace for so-called “state-of-the-art” technologies.”

Technology is transforming the plastic surgery industry in many ways.  It provides manufacturers the opportunities to market new devices.  Exciting names and promises of unprecedented results drives patients to plastic surgeons.  “But whether they actually improve outcomes is the million dollar question,” says Dr. Teitelbaum.  Given the use of the internet as a growing means of how patients select plastic surgeons, the intersection of patient enthusiasm for these technologies and the results they actually give creates a marketing environment that can be confusing and morally challenging. The panelists will confront these issues, describe the methods they have used to achieve the outstanding liposuction results that have made them so well regarded, and debate the role of artistry versus technology in achieving beautiful liposuction results. 

“The panel will discuss the magic of the artist that exists in us all, and how technology may help in certain cases, but does not define the vision,” said Dr. Mendieta of Miami, FL. “No matter how technological we become, it is never the brush that defines the artist.”

“Some devices can do a job the surgeon can not accomplish surgically,” said Dr. DiBernardo of Montclair, NJ. “We will examine which of these have a good track record and which do not.”

"I think it's important for us all to recognize what's giving us great results and what's just a marketing tool,” said Dr. Wall, of Shreveport, LA.  “Ultimately, our patients deserve to have the best results we can give them, not just a good marketing job." 

Lipoplasty – It’s Us – Not the Machine
Tuesday, May 10th, 8:45am

Moderator:

Panelists:

Steven Teitelbaum, MD

Barry DiBernardo, MD
Constantino Mendieta, MD
Simeon H. Wall, MD

PRESENTERS are available for interviews.
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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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