Gut Health, Lasers and Crappy Consultations: The Top Talking Points From The ABIC Conference 2023

The Aesthetic & Beauty Industry Council (ABIC) hosted its first inaugural conference at The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Sunday. Professional Beauty attended the event to gauge what topics and issues are front-of-mind for beauty industry leaders.

Founder Stefanie Milla hoped the event would provide the opportunity for all sectors of the Australian beauty industry – from beauty therapists and nutritionists to dermal clinicians, injectors and plastic surgeons – to connect. The resounding goal of the event’s elected speakers was to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to the industry at-large.

One of the key conversation points of the day surrounded cross-referrals. Discussion focused on the value in developing relationships with neighbouring local beauty industry representatives for the long-term benefit of the client.

Here are some of the key learnings we took from the ABIC Conference 2023:

The introductory panel consisted of beauty and aesthetic association leaders, who spoke on the future of the industry – namely dangers around lack of regulation and the importance of knowing what those around us are doing, as a means of keeping the industry in line. Stefanie said: “we are a wonderfully diverse industry,” suggesting the industry would benefit from putting aside its differences and working together to keep pace with education. Patient care is, for all, paramount.

Throughout the day’s talks, insights were shared regarding the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions and the skin of menopausal clients. Guests underwent a thorough overview of the various treatment options for acneic skin.

The practice of medical microneedling, and use of modern beauty technologies including Tixel and GentleMaxPro Plus were discussed. For Candela’s clinical trainer Bronwyn Page, opting to invest in the company’s latest laser device was in response to her wanting more “bang-for-my-buck” and “the widest range of modalities.”

The rise in demand for cosmetic tattooing services was flagged before RN Jacintha Murphy presented a compelling case for the ingestible beauty market.

Some of the most popular sessions of the event involved case studies, whereby five industry voices – each representing their unique field – were granted space to speak. Each of the three panels addressed the skin issues of a female who fell within a distinct age groups: 50s-60s, 40s, and 20s-30s.

Each speaker had their say on how they’d treat the conditions presented. Guests were then provided tips on how to refer their clients on to other specialists who could further meet their clients’ needs. All speakers were aligned on their recommendation to work in conjunction with a naturopath/nutritionist.

For a full list of topics covered and speaker names, visit the ABIC website.

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