Hello from New Orleans. It is my 22nd year teaching and learning at the Multi-Specialty Symposium, State-of-the-Art in Facial Aesthetics sponsored by the Foundation for Facial Aesthetic Surgery. It has been a busy few days. My lectures have included “Ablative CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, the Good, the Bad and the Informative,” “The Artistry and Aesthetic Impact of 3-D Facial Volumization,” “SMAS Face-Lifting Delivers Consistently Beautiful Results” and “Direct Neck Lifting in the Female Patient, When, Why & How.” I also was asked to be on two expert Rhinoplasty panels, “The Open vs. Closed Debate: Putting the Controversy in Perspective” and “Pearls for the Younger Rhinoplasty Surgeon.” Participating in this conference as an expert has been a true labor of love. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, experience and tips with surgeons from around the world. As is the case for many professional meetings, I learn as much from the conversations over dinner as I do in the classroom. The meetings are also an opportunity to visit with vendors to view and learn about the latest technologies and then speak with colleagues who have used them. Coming back year over year to the same meeting allows friendships and collegial respect to develop, which makes for an honest discourse that is so valuable and informative. The best news of all is that the new ideas, techniques and technologies I learn about directly benefits you, my patients. Continuing medical education is a requirement for the maintenance of hospital privileges but more than that, it is vital to any practitioner who wishes to remain at the cutting edge of their chosen specialty.
One of the benefits of getting older is gaining years of experience and with that, the pleasure of helping thousands of people look and feel their best. Developing my own practice “style” and refining my aesthetic judgement through study and experience has served my patients very well for many years and is validated when I present to my colleagues at meetings, reaffirming for me that I can consistently deliver a beautiful result time and again.
On another note, I want to thank my staff for hosting another great office event “Confidence” in March. It is always fun to see smiling, familiar faces and I want you to know that your support is noticed and greatly appreciated. It is also gratifying to see so many new faces and be able to provide mini-consults for so many new patients. To all of you who scheduled either additional consultations or treatments with me, I look forward to our time together.
Thank you for your continued patronage and I encourage all of you to schedule some time to speak with one of our aestheticians at either our Marietta or West Cobb location. Beauty starts with beautiful skin!
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Founder & Director, Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center