Interactive cosmetic surgery event pools the talents of top surgeons

Published: 31 July 2006 at 13:26

A Live Interactive Cosmetic Surgery Conference will bring together some of the world’s top cosmetic surgeons to demonstrate the latest theories and practice.

Doctors, nurses, beauticians, healthcare professionals and students will be attending the two separate days of live interactive cosmetic surgery on 15/16 September to find out more about breast augmentation and reduction; and face lifts. The full-day sessions, to be staged at the Auditorium of the Michael A Ashcroft Building at Rivermead campus, will feature live and pre-filmed surgery from Capio Springfield Hospital.

The first day of the conference, Breast Aesthetics will feature live surgery performed by consultant plastic and hand surgeon Mr Fortune Iwuagwu FRCS, from Broomfield Hospital, Mid Essex NHS Trust, who will be demonstrating procedures relating to Bilateral Breast Augmentation. 

This will be followed by pre-filmed surgery undertaken by consultant plastic, burns and reconstructive specialist Peter Dziewulski FRCS, also from Broomfield, who will be focusing on Breast reduction using a single scar technique.  While the second day will concentrate on three separate face lift procedures designed to combat the signs of aging. Consultant plastic surgeon Jim Frame FRCS will be seen performing live surgery and this will be scheduled to fit in with other practical demonstrations of nursing care and non-surgical facial work.

Professor Mike Cook, Anglia Ruskin’s Dean of the Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC) is convinced that there is a real demand for this new style of interactive learning,

“This dynamic, live event is for people who want more of an insight into the field of cosmetic surgery; or for those considering furthering their career in the sector through continuing professional development.”

“Both Anglia Ruskin University and Capio Springfield Hospital have come together to stage this event to ensure that the cosmetic surgery graduates of the future have had the best possible training.”

“There is a global requirement to bring cosmetic practices up to the same exacting standards that dominate the reconstructive field and by bringing together this pool of surgical talent we hope to be able to help achieve this important aim.”

“We as a University are incorporating the practices of worldwide experts into the training programmes we devise for our nurses, support staff and consultants, in the hope that we will improve the service available to individuals in the UK with respect to cosmetic surgery provision.”

Professor David Smith MD, an eminent Plastic Surgeon from the USA, will be presiding over the two-day event.  Professor Smith, who is Professor and Chairman of Plastic Surgery at the University of South Florida, is an expert in the physical, mental and emotional aspects of plastic surgery. He has a long association with the private Capio Springfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, and lectures on the relevance of body image and aging. He explains:

“A stable self-image can enhance quality of life and that is why there is such a steep increase in the volume of cosmetic surgical procedures, both in the USA and the UK.”

“Perceived age can be just as important as biological age to individuals and more and more people are choosing to delay the normal aging process via surgery.”

Karen Pym, a lecturer practitioner working with Anglia Ruskin University and the Capio Springfield Hospital, initiated the development and validation of the cosmetic surgery training programme to assist nurses to develop an in-depth understanding of the key elements of cosmetic surgery throughout the client’s experience. The programme, believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, covers the pre-operative assessment and care of clients undergoing plastic surgery and the discharge and follow up services offered to clients following surgery.

Anglia Ruskin University has developed a number of leading Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Acute Care courses for nursing staff, including Diplomas and BSc (Hons) degrees in Burns and Plastic Surgery Care. The new Diploma in Cosmetic Surgery Nursing course started in January this year.