International guest speakers, plenary sessions and panel discussions will be among the highlights of Cosmetex 2014 – happening between May 1 – 3. Hosted by the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS), next year’s event looks set to be the biggest ever, said ACCS general manager Jenny Valance.

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Making their first trips to the conference from the US are facial plastic surgeon Dr Steven Dayan and leading dermatologist and laser cosmetic surgeon Dr Christopher Zachary. Making a return visit from Canada is plastic surgeon Dr Arthur Swift, who was a popular speaker at Cosmetex earlier this year.

There will be a plenary session ‘From Collagen Stimulation to Harmony’ that will discuss how medicine and surgery can work together to produce more satisfactory outcomes for patients. Another panel discussion involving all the guest speakers, entitled ‘Beyond Injectables for a Contemporary Facelift,’ will focus on the options available. “We need to look at a holistic approach to patient care that can be added to procedures that includes the role of hormones and traditional methods and their impact on skin,” Valance said.

For the first time the ACCS has partnered with IMCAS (International Master Course on Ageing Skin) and present a training and education session with speakers from Europe and SE Asia. IMCAS is an organisation headquartered in Paris committed to the elevation of plastic surgeons and dermatologists globally. In another multidisciplinary panel session, five surgeons will be invited to give their opinion from a face shown on a screen as to what procedures they would recommend.

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Guests can forget about the approaching winter chills and enjoy the conference at the luxurious Royal Pines Resort in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast where interactive workshops and live demonstrations will provide information on all aspects of the industry.

Cosmetex is the leading conference devoted exclusively to cosmetic medicine and surgery held in Australia and the biggest in the southern hemisphere. The ACCS is the only medical college providing education and training leading to fellowships in cosmetic medicine and surgery. The goal is to ensure the safe provision of cosmetic medical and surgical procedures in Australia with appropriately trained cosmetic and medical surgical practitioners.

For more information visit www.cosmetex.org/qld2014