Highlights From 2019’s ASCD Symposium

The weekend passed saw many of the industry’s top dermal and medical aesthetics practitioners flock to Sydney for another incredibly successful installment of ASCD’s annual symposium, hosted at Sydney’s Hilton.

Just over 400 guests gathered to enjoy a jam-packed, four-day programme of panels, discussions, teaching villages and small group workshops, provided by renowned local and international guests alike.

“This year we again have 11 overseas speakers and some great Australian thought leaders emphasising excellence – in general and into the specifics of our practice, the aspiration, inspiration and fulfilment of this goal,” said ASCD Symposium Convenor Professor Greg Goodman prior to the event. “We will theme this through the plenary sessions and the entire conference.”

The unique Masterclass event was held the day prior to the Symposium’s official Friday 20th launch, featuring smaller workshops on photography, complications, communication and injecting technique.

The Friday to Sunday programme gave guests plenty of incredible content to work with, covering two rooms and as many as 40+ speakers crossing the stages in just one day. The recurring theme was patient safety, with emphasis on facial anatomy and injecting, pigmentation and laser rejuvenation, and communication and consulting techniques.

The exhibition space was dominated by devices, and while newer developments like Cutera’s excel V+, Venus Concept’s Versa, and Sciton’s Halo & BBL, those undoubtedly causing the most intrigue on the floor throughout the weekend was the latest in pelvic floor rejuvenation – BTL’s Emsella and Cryomed’s TESLAchair.

Guests were delighted by a healthy dose of entertainment throughout both exhibition evenings. Friday’s welcome drinks proved to be an invaluable networking opportunity and celebration of the weekend’s opening – complete with canapes, bubbles and live music. Saturday evening saw the highly anticipated Gala Dinner hosted at Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park, where attendees were treated to both welcome drinks in the foyer and sit-down 3-course dinner, some kind words and certificates to international speakers awarded by Professor Goodman himself, and spectacular brass band and dancing to close out the night.

ASCD is thrilled to announce its 2020 conference dates, to be held at Crown Melbourne from 11 – 13 September. We look forward to seeing you there!

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