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December 2018 President's Letter

Thursday, December 20, 2018  
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Dear members,

As we make final preparations for the holiday season and put the finishing touches on the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, we are reflecting on a banner year for AACS, including our meeting in Las Vegas, outstanding advocacy efforts strengthening our position in the field, and membership growth.

We have a lot to look forward to in 2019 as we continue to provide the highest standard of education to our community of cosmetic surgeons. It's not too late to register for the Annual Scientific Meeting, January 31 - February 2 in Orlando, featuring a program filled with expert-driven educational sessions that will show you how to make an even greater difference in your patients' lives.

Residents should be sure to join us in our inaugural Resident Forum the day before the start of the Annual Meeting. The forum will give a nice overview of the field of cosmetic surgery including facial and body cosmetic surgical procedures, the path to fellowships, and board certification.

I would especially like to highlight the unique opportunity we have at the Annual Scientific Meeting for hands-on training at the pre-conference Body and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Cadaver Workshops. You'll learn new techniques and safety standards from current leaders in cosmetic surgery for key procedures like post-weight loss body contouring, the Brazilian Butt Lift, and the deep plane facelift. The full schedule and registration information for both courses are available on the AACS website. Be sure to register soon as course participation is extremely limited.

Enjoy your time with friends and family this holiday season. I look forward to seeing you next month in Orlando.


Suzan Obagi, MD 
AACS President

P.S. Yesterday, we discovered that the Medical Board of California denied the rights of exceptionally trained cosmetic surgeons to advertise their training and board certification. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has released a response condemning their decision in the interest of public health and safety. AACS will not be deterred in its joint efforts with ABCS to continue to fight these decisions across the country.