Virtual Meeting

August 13 -14, 2021


  • Friday, August 13 - Saturday, 14, 2021

The aesthetic skincare industry’s must-attend event | No holds barred discussion.

The claims and disclaims that follow the development of new lasers, light and energy sources, skin tightening devices, relaxers and fillers are often contradictory. The symposium offers participants a unique opportunity to learn, share and discuss controversial topics in laser and cosmetic surgery in a collegial atmosphere with a large group of experts.

Throughout The Controversies Symposium, selected faculty members present their view on given hot controversial issues in cutaneous and aesthetic surgery or challenging therapeutic problems. They then are challenged by other faculty and attendees in a lively, no holds barred discussion.

About Controversies

Participants gain a thorough understanding of:

  • The spectrum of skin conditions treatable with energy-based devices and other aesthetic methods.
  • Learn how to select the optimum therapy for non-invasive treatment of cutaneous lesions, photoaging and chronologic aging.
  • Acquire the ability to better communicate their scientific knowledge into understandable messages for patients.
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Each year sees the development of many new lasers, light and energy sources, skin tightening devices, relaxers and fillers, and other cosmetic interventions, each with proponents and opponents. The claims and disclaims that follow the development of these devices is often contradictory.

A faculty of distinguished speakers will present their views and stimulate discussion on many of these controversies and other emerging areas. “Controversies” offers participants a unique opportunity to discuss these controversial topics in a collegial atmosphere with a large group of experts in the field.

This course will be of benefit to beginner and experienced laser and aesthetic surgeons, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, oculoplastic surgeons, and other health care personnel interested in the current status of cutaneous and cosmetic surgery.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the course, participants can:

  • Identify and manage the spectrum of cosmetic and functional skin conditions treatable with energy-based devices and other aesthetic methods.
  • Determine optimum therapy of choice for noninvasive treatment of pigmentary and vascular cutaneous lesions, photoaging, and face and body chronologic aging.
  • Explain to patients the rationale for use of chosen laser or aesthetic surgical treatments, interpret what has been written in the scientific literature to wording understandable to a layperson, and recommend appropriate interventions for their concerns.

Course Format

Bring along slides of difficult cases and take part in ongoing discussions among expert faculty and participating clinicians on current trends and state-of-the-art techniques in cutaneous and aesthetic surgery.

  • Controversial issues will be presented at the start of each discussion.
  • Selected faculty members will then be given a finite period of time to present their view.
  • The faculty will then comment on the presentations.
  • This will be followed by an open vigorous discussion with attendees, led by course directors
  • Both the faculty, as well as members of the audience, will be encouraged to challenge each other’s opinions in a lively, no holds barred discussion.
  • The last presentation each morning will feature challenging therapeutic problems and late breaking “Hot Topics”.


50+ leading experts in laser and cosmetic surgery cut through the marketing hype and develop a consensus on controversial and emerging therapies, devices and products.

  • Discuss hot topics including isotretinoin and lasers, PRP, feminine and hand rejuvenation.
  • Learn about new horizons in fillers, fractional technology, non-surgical body contouring, and laser-assisted drug delivery.​
  • Debate controversies for complex cases and complications such as lasers and skin cancer, thread lifts, picosecond lasers for tattoos, facial skin tightening, and submental fat treatments.
  • Get pearls for fractional resurfacing, needles vs. cannulas, micro toxin injection, periorbital laser treatment, social media and more.
  • Explore corporate controversies, trends and current issues.
  • Build connections at networking events and during great activities

CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider ship of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and Masters Program in Laser Education. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Designation

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Past Attendees Testimonials

“Thank you so much for organizing what is without question one of the best meeting in our industry. It was a privilege to be a part of it. I shared so many notes with my colleagues and encouraged them all to attend next year in SF.”
– Anne Chapas, MD

“Thanks everyone for a great educative event as always. Such an innovative fresh concept still even though it has been going for such a long time. The chairs particularly were so adroit at limiting speakers who would possibly love to talk forever to their allotted time. The audience as always seemed to know as much as the speakers. Such a rare privilege to be involved in such a high class event.”
– Greg Goodman, MD

“As always, a pleasure to see all of you again – catching up is an important part of the meeting for me.  More important, I always go home with new ideas and thoughts,  and I thank you all for continuing to educate me.  But most important, thanks to Jeff, Ken, Murad and Rox for being the orchestrators of this great learning opportunity.” 
– Jason Rivers, MD