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Training needed to increase safety around use of facial fillers and Botox in the UAE

Facial volumising ‘hot topic’ at ICAAM Middle East in November

Dr Jaffer Khan, CEO, Aesthetics International Low
Dr Jaffer Khan, CEO, Aesthetics International Low
Nov. 3, 2011 - PRLog -- Dubai, UAE: Facial filler is a biocompatible material, either synthetic (hyaluronic acid) or natural (fat) which is commonly used in the UAE to volumise the face. Facial fillers can be done at one or multiple levels in the dermis, subcutis, or above the periosteum of the facial bones to achieve a lifting and or hydrating effect of the skin. As elsewhere in the world, facial fillers are extremely popular and, according to UAE-based plastic surgeon Dr Jaffer Khan, facial filler is the second most popular non-surgical office procedure after Botox. But, as with all injectables, the use of facial fillers carries potential risks to patients and appropriate training for dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the region is a must.

“The risks associated with all injectables include the potential for bruising, infection, tissue reactions and allergies as well as the outside risks of embolization of an artery or vein leading to skin loss, and potential blindness when injected around the eye area,” warns Dr Khan, who is the CEO of Aesthetic International in Dubai. “Fortunately the latter complication is very rare but patients still need to be aware of all the risks.”

Dr Khan will be speaking about the art of filler in the face from a plastic surgeons perspective at the 4th  International Congress in Aesthetic, Anti-Aging Medicine & Medical Spa (ICAAM Middle East), which takes place 25–26 November 2011 at the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa in Dubai, UAE.

According to Dr Khan, the most common fillers in use today are hyaluronic acid derivatives. This is a naturally occurring amino acid; a building block of protein found in the skin. Restylane is the market leader, whilst other products like Teosyal, Juvederm, Radiesse and Hylaform, and many other products also have market share.

“Radiesse, or Calcium Hydroxylapatite, is commonly used in the UAE,” says Dr Khan. “Sculptra, which I used quite extensively four years ago, was useful for collagen synthesis in the skin and is a very useful filler. However, isolated side effects such as late nodule formation on the skin and skin discoloration has been seen and hence why I do not use this anymore.”

Clearly there is a great demand for this sort of work in the UAE and educational symposia such as ICAAM Middle East are a vital platform for sharing knowledge in order to increase safety and refine technique within the aesthetics industry in the Middle East.  Under the scientific supervision of WOSIAM (World Society of Interdisciplinary Anti-Aging Medicine), the largest scientific anti-aging society with more than 150 affiliated associations worldwide, Informa Exhibitions, the organisers of Arab Health, will host this very hands-on and practical congress. It proposes an advanced program for experiences practitioners as well as aging solutions for a better global management of patients including genetics, detox, stress management, fat metabolism, and treatment for the aging male.

For more information on ICAAM Middle East, please call +971 4 407 2743 or visit www.antiagingme.com.


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About Informa Exhibitions:
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About Aesthetics International:
For more information about Aesthetics International, please visit www.aethetics.ae.

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Inga Stevens
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Life Science Division
Informa Exhibitions
T: +971 4 407 2743
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