Aesthetic procedures are not taught in the vast majority of surgical and nonsurgical specialty residency programs, therefore aesthetic physicians rely heavily on formal professional society meetings, as well as peer physician training. Aesthetic physicians earn the bulk of their knowledge regarding cosmetic surgery through office preceptorships. Germantown Aesthetics’ medical director, Dr. Gregory Laurence, has always considered obtaining advanced knowledge and skills a top priority and is equally committed to sharing with other physicians the effective techniques that we have learned or developed.
Recently we had the opportunity to train an aesthetic physician from Beverly Hills, California, whom we shall refer to as Dr. S. One could best describe Dr. S as both a pioneer and innovator. He was one of the first physicians in the United States to use post-liposuction fat grafting techniques in order to provide natural non-surgical volume to the face. At one time, full facial volume restoration was considered a revolutionary idea. Although fat transfer is still used by some providers, most facial volume enhancement procedures now utilize the newer fillers, such as Artefill® and Juvederm®. We are now in the middle of this firmly grounded paradigm shift and we believe that all facial procedures, whether surgical, nonsurgical, or resurfacing, must include facial volume restoration in order to provide a result that appears most natural.
We focused on teaching three concepts or techniques to Dr. S regarding facial volume restoration:
- The minimization of bruising and swelling from the needle-free use of soft tip cannulas
- Advanced laser resurfacing techniques with fractional CO2 laser technology
- The concurrent use of both long-term and temporary fillers (Artefill® and Juvederm®)
Dr. S said he considered his preceptorship experience with us in Memphis as one of the best that he has experienced in the last 10 years. In an e-mail we received from Dr. S after he returned home, he said:
“Thank you Greg for a wonderful training. You are the best! You and your staff are awesome.”
– Dr S., Beverly Hills, California
The advantage of training peers is far from one-sided, however. Dr. Laurence appreciates the mutual benefit that is gained through peer physician training, stating “Over the last few years, we have had visits from dozens of out of state physicians and specialists in training. It is nice to get this recognition, but it is also true that what I have learned from these visitors has been of incalculable value.”