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Small-Group Success at AACS's August Hands-On Injectables Course

Monday, September 14, 2020  
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Course Director Dr. Rania Agha with faculty member and AACS President Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown

By Dr. Rania Agha, AACS Treasurer

AACS hosted its first ever Training Institute: Hands-On Injectable Course on August 22-23 in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. I served as course director and hosted it my practice, Summit Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Sheila Barbarino, AACS President Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown, Dr. Ed Zimmerman, and Dr. Benjamin Caughlin served as onsite faculty members. This injectables workshop proved that with adjustments to programming, a small-group setting, and strict adherence to COVID-19 health and safety regulations, it’s still possible to have a successful in-person teaching event.

A total of 25 attendees participated in this one-and-a-half-day training course that focused on soft tissue filler injection techniques and use of neurotoxin injections.

After a welcome from Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Paul Esposito, attendees participated in lectures, panel discussions, and live patient demonstrations from world-renowned faculty. They gained a deeper understanding of anatomy, indications for treatment, and how to prevent and manage complications. They also were able to closely observe the injection techniques of faculty members and learned advanced and off-label techniques to tackle difficult cosmetic issues.

In the (anonymous) words of our attendees:

"Dr. Agha did a phenomenal job planning this workshop. Everything was perfect. Dr. Barbarino was the faculty member assigned to my small group for the live injections portion of the workshop. She is an outstanding teacher and I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to learn from her. The other faculty provided excellent lectures, including complications and how to manage them. All in all, the course was outstanding."

"Everyone was very knowledgeable and the lectures kept my attention. There were many helpful tips and enhancement of learning about possible complications and treatments for them."

In addition, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery received commercial support from Allergan, Merz, Galderma, and Suneva to support the overall course. A special thanks to our commercial partners in making this course a tremendous success.

View photos from the course

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