Kyoto, Japan – November 2016
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) held its biannual meeting in Kyoto Japan in November. I was asked to be a part of a group of international experts on facelifts to talk about High SMAS Facelift technique with simultaneous fat. This technique addresses both the effect of aging due to gravity in addition to the loss of fat that occurs to the mid-face as we age. My presentation was extremely well-received.
I spent the day following my presentation with Dr. Shinja Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine for his pioneering work on stem cells. Dr. Yamanaka showed the world how one could create pleuripotent cells out of any tissue in the body including scar, thereby bypassing the need for using embryonic stem cells. At the University of Kyoto there is three large buildings with state-of-the-art world-class laboratories directed by Dr. Yamanaka exploring the use of stem cells for treatment of many diseases including cardiac and degenerative neural disorders.
Prior to the meeting, I spent two wonderful days in Nara with Dr. Keisuke Imai, the chief of plastic surgery at the Osaka General Hospital. Dr. Imai and I share the same love of craniofacial surgery, the procedure of changing a child who is born with a dysmorphic skull by going through the skull, moving the brain away and breaking facial bony structures to restore them to normalcy. We had fun both socially and professionally sharing ideas in addition to the extraordinary food and hospitality of our Japanese colleagues.