The much anticipated hands-on sessions have been expanded to include two new sessions, “Varicose and Telangiectatic Leg Veins” (W011/W018) and “Wound Closures” (W010/W017). The returning sessions are “Innovative Suture Techniques Update” (W012/W019), “Nail Surgery” (W009/W016), and “Dermal Fillers” (W013/W020), which received very good feedback at the last Annual Meeting. Each session will be offered twice on Monday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and again from 1 to 4 p.m.
The new session on varicose veins will provide participants with a thorough understanding of how to approach lower extremity venous disease with an emphasis on treating cosmetically undesirable spider and reticular veins of the legs. Faculty will describe the anatomy of the lower extremity venous system; identify patient characteristics that warrant noninvasive imaging prior to initiating treatment; formulate an appropriate treatment plan for leg veins, ranging from spider veins to truncal varicosities; determine the appropriate use of sclerotherapy, lasers, and other advanced venous techniques; and recite the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment modality.
The other new session on wound closures will be geared toward all levels of dermatologic surgeons. It will offer small group, hands-on experience practicing a variety of wound-closure techniques, with faculty engaged in teaching at each table. Relevant anatomy and the fundamentals of wound closures will be discussed in a brief didactic format. In addition, complex layered linear repairs and local flaps, including all types of advancement, rotation, and transposition flaps, will be reviewed. Participants will then have the opportunity for realistic, hands-on practice with cadaveric arms and high-quality synthetic head models. Overall, anatomic considerations, suture technique pearls, and safe techniques for optimizing outcome and minimizing complications will be emphasized throughout the session.
Each of the hands-on sessions will offer attendees 3 CME credits; tuition fee and ticket will be required for admission. Session size is limited and may sell out, so check www.aad.org/meetings/annual-meeting for availability.