All eyes will be on Sydney in September when 200 of the world’s leading experts in facial plastic surgery and related disciplines meet for the triennial multidisciplinary Masters’ Symposium on blepharoplasty and upper facial rejuvenation.

First held in 2011, the symposium is an opportunity for a diverse range of professionals (including facial plastic surgeons, orbital, opthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons, plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, physicians and dermatologists) to discuss exciting advances, innovations and challenges in the field.

‘With an ageing and health-conscious population people are exploring ways to look and feel better for longer,’ says Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery President Dr George Marcells.

‘This may include visits to health spas and retreats in all corners of the globe, and it may also include seeking out a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon. These approaches to wellbeing are not mutually exclusive and it is important that we continually improve our techniques and evolve our approach.

‘So many factors contribute to a person’s wellbeing and there is a definite link between the way a person looks and how they feel. In fact, facial plastic surgery developed during World War 1 when German surgeon Jacques Joseph recognised that soldiers he treated for disfigurement had better self esteem if their face was reconstructed favorably.

‘He surmised that having a presentable face was even more important than other areas of the body with regards to its influence on psychological wellbeing.


Dr George Marcells

‘With the infiltration of the media and most recently social media we now have an even more highly cultivated sense of self image and this presents more challenges for facial plastic surgeons, highlighting the need for ongoing education and careful patient selection.’

Everything from eyelid surgery and facial volumisation to ethnic nuances, skincare and cosmeceuticals will be discussed at the Masters Symposium on Blepharoplasty and Upper Facial Rejuvenation, being held on September 19 and 20 at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

It is organised by the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS), with support from members of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Opthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZOPS) and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS).


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