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Plastic Surgery 2004: The true plastic surgery reality show coming to Philadelphia

September 13, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - In today's busy world, plastic surgery patients want treatments that are quick, require less recovery time and produce terrific results. Accepting the challenge, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) will host nearly 5,000 doctors, medical personnel and exhibitors in the field of plastic surgery for Plastic Surgery 2004, the annual scientific meeting of the ASPS, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. The meeting, held Oct. 9-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, will help to ensure board-certified plastic surgeons continue to offer patients the latest techniques, technologies and trends in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

"Plastic Surgery 2004 isn't hype or entertainment, as we've seen with plastic surgery reality TV, it is the actuality and future of plastic surgery," said ASPS President Rod Rohrich, MD. "From helping patients heal faster and return to work earlier to obtaining better results and promoting realistic expectations, the meeting will touch on all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery to make sure patients receive safe treatments and optimal results."

Plastic Surgery 2004 will cover a vast range of current and pertinent topics, allowing ASPS members to better serve their patients. Ranging from cohesive gel breast implants and post-bariatric surgery body contouring to advances in breast reconstruction and psychological issues that plastic surgery patients face, the hottest topics and technologies in plastic surgery will be presented at Plastic Surgery 2004. Panels, courses and studies include:

  • Silicone Implant Educational Initiative: Evolution and Advances in Breast Surgery - Saline, Gel and Cohesive Gel Implants
  • Advantages and Drawbacks of Silicone Anatomical Implants in Secondary Breast Augmentations for Aesthetic Reason
  • Mid-face Lifting: Benefits Versus Risks
  • Frontiers in Plastic Surgery: Separation of the Conjoined Twins
  • Identification and Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders in Cosmetic Surgery Patients
  • Gluteal Augmentation and Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Review
  • Microvascular Surgery: 30 Good Years and What Next
  • Introduction to Tissue Engineering: A Glimpse into the Future
  • Breast Conservation and the Plastic Surgeon: New Concepts for Breast Reconstruction
  • The New Generation of Injectable Fillers
  • Emerging Trends - Hot Topics in Cosmetic Surgery
  • Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery: How it Differs from Standard Body Contouring Techniques
  • Advances in Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Full Face Free Tissue Transplantation: What are the Possibilities?
  • Facial Aging: What Really Happens as We Grow Old?

    For a full listing of Plastic Surgery 2004 activities, visit

    For referrals to plastic surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and to learn more about reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, call the ASPS at 888-4-PLASTIC (888-475-2784) or visit

    ASPS is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world and the foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. With nearly 5,000 members, more than any other plastic surgery organization, ASPS is the definitive voice of the plastic surgery specialty. Viewed throughout the world as the pinnacle of information for new techniques, advances and plastic surgery trends, the society represents 94 percent of all the board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. Ninety-four percent of all ASPS members perform cosmetic plastic surgery and 89 percent of all ASPS members perform reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS, founded in 1931, represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

    Note: Reporters can register to attend Plastic Surgery 2004 and arrange interviews with presenters by logging on to or by contacting ASPS Public Relations at 847-228-9900 or in Philadelphia, October 9-13 at 215-418-5310.

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