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Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Annual Conference 2019

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” – Neils Bohr

The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) is excited to be hosting its 42nd Annual  Conference from 3 – 6 October at the Brisbane Sofitel Hotel.

The ASAPS Conference this year will include esteemed local speakers and five renowned international Plastic Surgeons sharing their expert pearls and tips in facial, body and breast surgery. The 2019 ASAPS Conference is ideally timed, as it follows the MAFAC post graduate cadaver course and the 2019 ISAPS Meeting and coincides with the school holidays for most of Australia and New Zealand.

Who can attend?

The ASAPS Annual Conference is held exclusively for Specialist Plastic Surgeons and their practice staff.

The focus

Building on the strengths of our past meetings, the ASAPS Conference will provide attendees with the very latest tools, techniques and thoughts in the arena of aesthetic surgery so that surgeons and their practice staff can emulate excellence in all they say and do.

There will be something on offer for everyone with the scientific program covering facial, breast and body contouring surgery. Also, for the first time, we will have an onsite Practice Managers tour and, for our younger fellows, we will be hosting the inauguralASAPS Aesthetic Breast Course that will provide valuable insights into how to set up a practice and the nuances of breast augmentation surgery.

The speakers

We have a distinguished international faculty lining up to speak about a plethora of topics covering the full spectrum of aesthetic surgery.

Keynote speakers to date include

  • Dr Brad Calobrace (Kentucky, USA)
  • Dr Sam Hamra (Texas, USA)
  • Dr Andrew Jacono (NYC, USA)
  • Dr Dirk Richter (Germany)
  • Dr Lina Triana (Colombia)

Business Management Stream

Running in parallel with the conference will be a business stream aimed at equipping Practice Managers with the tools and information to grow and sustain their practices.

Topics that will be covered include HR issues, social media and marketing tips, ideas and advice on patient management and increasing customer satisfaction, to name just a few.

The festivities

An integral component to the success of the ASAPS Conferences are the social engagements which provide attendees an invaluable networking opportunity in an informal setting.  The Gala Dinner will be at one of Australia’s newest and most chic hotels, the W hotel.


We hope you can take up this wonderful opportunity to join us in the sunshine capital, Brisbane.  While we know our Scientific Program and stellar line-up of speakers will be the major drawcard, we will also be providing you with an action packed social agenda.

Amira Sanki
Scientific Convenor

Naveen Somia
ASAPS President


ASAPS & NZAPS Combined Conference Closing Video 2018

Program & Speakers

Dr Bradley Calobrace

Dr Calobrace is a graduate of Indiana University Medical School and completed residencies in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he completed a cosmetic and breast surgery fellowship with Dr G. Patrick Maxwell and began practice in Louisville, Kentucky in 1997. He has dual clinical faculty appointments with the Departments of Plastic Surgery, at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky and received teaching honors in 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Dr Calobrace also has started an Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship to begin July, 2019.

Dr Calobrace is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has a thriving cosmetic surgery practice, performing approximately 1,000 major cosmetic procedures each year, including facial surgery, body contouring, breast surgery, hair transplantation and post-bariatric rejuvenation.

Dr Calobrace is considered one of the leaders in the field of cosmetic breast surgery today in the United States performing over 400 breast surgeries per year. He has participated in multiple FDA clinical breast studies and has been a consultant and speaker for Allergan, Mentor and Sientra. Dr Calobrace lectures extensively in the US and Internationally, is an ASAPS traveling professor, chairs the BIA-ALCL committee for ASAPS, performed live surgery at the 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2019 Atlanta Breast Symposium and 2018 Advanced Aesthetics Meeting in St Petersburg Russia. He also has published extensively on the subject of aesthetic breast surgery and his recent publication in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal entitled, “The Safety of Smooth and Textured Silicone Breast Implants” was the recipient of the Best Journal Article Paper award for ASJ 2018.

Dr Sam Hamra

Dr Hamra has been involved in facelift innovation all his professional life. Upon entering private practice, he was introduced to the original SMAS technique developed by Professor Tord Skoog of Sweden. In 1973, he and his associate, Dr Mark Lemmon, were the first Americans to adopt this technique. Their award-winning work was first published in 1980.

Dr Hamra was the first to introduce the inclusion of cheek fat (malar fat) to the facelift, which was published as the “Deep Plane Facelift” in 1990. He was the first to include the orbicularis muscle of the lower eyelid in the Deep Plane Facelift, which became the “Composite Facelift.”

Now performed worldwide by numerous surgeons, Dr Hamra is credited with originating the arcus marginalis release and septal reset procedures. These techniques preserve eyelid fat and use it to cover the orbital bone and smooth the transition from eyelid to cheek.

Dr Hamra further modified and refined the Composite Facelift to its present state several years ago. His published description of the “hollow eye and lateral sweep” is the first article in the medical literature to define these facelift problems and to instruct surgeons on how they can be corrected.

Dr Hamra maintains a private practice in Dallas, and continues to publish, teach and lecture worldwide.

Dr Andrew Jacono

Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a global authority in the field of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery practicing in Manhattan. As one of New York City’s premiere Plastic Surgeons, Dr Jacono is known for his original, advanced approach to non-surgical and minimally invasive Facial Rejuvenation including Facelifting, Eyelid lifting, and Rhinoplasty.

He is Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As a leader in the field, Dr Jacono has presented clinical research and conducted live surgery in front of peer audiences at over 100 plastic surgery meetings and symposiums around the world.

In addition to his aesthetic work, Dr Jacono volunteers for numerous charity organisations aimed at helping children with facial birth defects throughout the world with limited medical and financial resources receive surgeries, including cleft lip and palate reconstruction. To date, Dr Jacono has completed surgery on more than 500 children.

Dr Dirk Richter

Dirk F. Richter, MD, PhD is Clinical Professor Plastic Surgery at the University Bonn, Director and Chief of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Dreifaltigkeits-Hospital in Wesseling, Germany.

Board certified in Plastic Surgery, Dr Richter received his specialty training in part at the Clinica lvo Pitanguy in Brazil, and with Professor Neven Olivari in Germany.

His primary focus is face and periorbital rejuvenation with revision cosmetic surgery, and the treatment of patients with endocrine orbitopathy resulting from Graves disease as well as is in body­-contouring surgery after massive weight loss.

He currently is the President of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

Dr Richter has received many national and international invitations around the world to lecture at premier medical conferences. He has authored several book chapters and published multiple scientific articles and is the Section Editor for Oculoplastic Surgery in the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal published by Springer.

Dr Lina Triana

Dr Lina Triana is a Plastic Surgeon and widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the subject of vaginal rejuvenation. Based in Cali, Colombia, Dr Triana treats patients from all over the world and has been featured in a variety of international media including the BBC. Dr Lina Triana has been the guest of honour and speaker at more than 50 national and international conferences teaching her colleagues from around the globe about the latest developments and techniques in vaginal plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures.

Dr Triana is currently Vice President of the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and a member of its Executive Committee and Board of Directors; Former President and Honorary Member of the Colombian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SCCP); Vice President and President Elect 2020 – 2022 of the Colombian Society of Scientific Societies and member of its Executive Committee and Board of Directors; International member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Member of its International and International Fellowship Committees; Member of the International Federation for Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (FILACP) and member for its Aesthetic Chapter; Honorary Member of the Serbian Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SRBPRAS); Genital Section Editor of ISAPS scientific journal, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal (APS); International Editor of ASAPS scientific journal, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ); also, has given multiple scientific input to aesthetic plastic surgery while writing book chapters and scientific articles to important scientific journals of aesthetic plastic surgery.

Academic degrees: Doctor and Surgeon. Universidad del Valle. Cali, Colombia. Plastic Reconstructive, Maxillofacial and Hand Surgery, Cirugía Plástica, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Age Management, Cenegenics Medical Institute, USA. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Clínica Interplástica y Clínica Ivo Pintanguy, Rio di Janeiro, Brazil. Aesthetic Medicine, Universidad de Bolivar, Barranquilla, Colombia. Vaginal Rejuvenation and Design, Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of America, Dr. David Matlock, Los Ángeles, USA.

Social Functions

ASAPS events are known for their fantastic social events and this year will be no different. Catch up with colleagues at the Welcome Reception and dust off your dancing shoes for the fabulous Gala Dinner.

These social functions are inclusive of your registration fee for the Conference (full conference registrations only). Please note there will be no reductions in the registration fee if you choose not to attend one or both of these functions. To book additional tickets to the social functions please indicate the number of tickets required when registering.

Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday, 3 October
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: Soiree Deck, Sofitel Brisbane
Address: 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane
Dress: Smart Casual

Additional Ticket cost adult: $125
Additional Ticket costs, Child (over 5) $65

Gala Dinner

Date: Saturday, 5 October
Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Location: Great Room, W Brisbane
Address: 81 North Quay, Brisbane
Dress: Formal

Additional Ticket cost adult: $275


Sofitel Brisbane
249 Turbot Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000


Sofitel Brisbane - Superior Room
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W Brisbane - Wonderful King Guest Room
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Getting there with Qantas

Official Airline Partner

Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the 42nd Annual ASAPS Conference being held in Brisbane. Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partners special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal on your conference registration travel page.

When booking, use the allocated code to access these airfares. Please note: multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long-distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world-class customer service; Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Brisbane for this years 42nd ASAPS Annual Conference.

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Abstracts from Consultants, Surgical Trainees and Aspirants are invited. There is a vast amount of untapped experience and knowledge within our membership base and we encourage you to share your wisdom, research and findings by submitting abstracts which will potentially enhance the topics our guests are presenting. These sessions have become both entertaining and informative, and we look forward to your contribution. Please note, that in previous meetings we have been able to include most of the submitted presentations, however, the number of papers submitted has increased each year and we are unable to accept all of the free papers offered.

Submissions must conform to the Abstract Preparation Guidelines as outlined below. Abstracts which do not comply with the rules of submission or layout guidelines, will be declined and returned to the author. Abstracts without results (or with “results pending”, “results to be discussed” or similar) will not be considered for presentation.

Presentations will be selected based on scientific merit, clinical merit and topicality. There may be only one presenting author, but multiple authors may be listed on the submission. Authors must disclose if their abstract has been previously submitted, published or presented. You will be required to indicate your disclosures and whether the presentation is industry supported or initiated. Where applicable, all studies must have been approved by institutional committees on ethics of experimental and human/animal investigations.

Submission of an abstract acknowledges your acceptance for the abstract to be published in all printed material of the 2019 ASAPS Annual meeting. Only abstracts from authors who have paid their registration fees by 1 August 2019 will be scheduled for presentation and included in the conference handbook.

Important deadlines

June 21 – Abstract submissions deadline
July 26 – Successful authors will be notified out outcome

Submission Guidelines

Oral Presentations

ASAPS and NZAPS Full Members / FRACS equivalent: Oral presentations are usually 15 minutes or as appropriate for the program


Unfortunately, there is no availability for research posters this year.

Audiovisual Equipment

Each lecture room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, laptop, lectern and microphone. Multimedia clips should be embedded in your slides. Other audiovisual aids, such as overhead projectors, are not available.

All presentations must be digital in either PowerPoint or Keynote. Speakers will be required to bring their presentations on a USB stick with them to the conference. Your presentation must be given to the audio-visual team at least four (4) hours prior to the start of the session in which you are presenting. It is disruptive to be changing computer connections at the lectern so presenting on your own laptop is not permitted.


All abstracts are to be submitted via the on-line submission process on the conference website. Submission by email, fax or post will not be accepted.
 Do NOT include symbols, tables, pictures or diagrams within the ‘content’ of your abstract.

Abstracts open: 1 May

Abstracts close: 21 June

Successful authors notified: 26 July

Selection and Notification

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Joint Scientific Meeting Committee. Presenting authors will be notified by 26 July 2019 regarding the status of their abstract. All presenters will be required to register for the conference by 1 August 2019 and pay the appropriate registration fee. All presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

* Please note that all successful delegates presenting abstracts are required to register under the relevant delegate category for the event. A discounted early bird code will be provided to you upon approval of your abstract which will allow you to register at the discounted rate regardless of your registration date. 

Abstract Preparation

In previous meetings, we have been able to include most submitted presentations however the number of papers submitted has increased and we are reducing the number of free papers accepted. This year we will be much stricter on the acceptance of papers.

You will be required to indicate your disclosures and whether the presentation is industry supported or initiated. Submitted abstracts will be scrutinised.

Papers not complying with this requirement will not be accepted or removed from the program if not complying.

Length Maximum 300 words
Title Limited to 20 words in sentence case (i.e. capital letters are used for the first letter of the first work and proper nouns; all other words are lower case.
Author and Co-Authors’ details Include all authors. The first author will be presumed to be the presenting author unless otherwise specified at abstract submission.
Required abstract structure Organise the abstract as follows:
- Disclosures
- Aim/purpose (preferably one sentence)
- Introduction
- Method
- Results
- Conclusions (It is not satisfactory to state “The results will be discussed”)
Abbreviations Use only standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word appears the first time. Use generic names for drugs. Express numbers as numerals.
Tables 1 table of up to 10 rows x 5 columns can be included per abstract.
Graphs 1 graph can be included per abstract. Images/graphs can be .jpeg and should be 300dpi (where possible) when scaled to 100%. Please note that these may be resized to fit in the final printed material.





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Full Conference Registration Rates Include

  • Conference lectures
  • Conference program and materials
  • Welcome Reception (one ticket)
  • Gala dinner (one ticket)
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea breaks daily

Day Registration Rates Include

  • Conference lectures
  • Conference program and materials
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea breaks daily

NOTE: Registration fee does not include accommodation or extra tickets for the Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Full Conference Registration Rates

Registration Category Early Bird (before or on 6 June) Standard Registration (before or on 9 August) Late Registration (after or on 9 August)
ASAPS / NZAPS/ ISAPS Members $1,250 $1,500 $1,850
Non Members (Must be a Plastic Surgeon) $1,650 $1,850 $2,350
Corresponding Member (Overseas ASAPS / NZAPS Member) $1,250 $1,450 $1,950
Australasian P&RS Trainees/ Associate ASAPS / NZAPS Members $950 $1,050 $1,200
Australasian Registered Nurse Practitioner & Practice Managers (Must work with an ASAPS / NZAPS member) $950 $1,050 $1,200
Partner $550 $550 $550
Children (over 5 years old) $300 $300 $300
Additional Exhibitor Personal $750 $750 $750

Day Registration Rates

Registration Category One Day Registration Two Day Registration
ASAPS / NZAPS Members $700 $1,100
ISAPS Members $550 $950
Non Members (Must be a Plastic Surgeon) $900 $1,300
Australasian Registrars $450 $750
Australasian Registered Nurse Practitioner & Practice Managers (Must work with an ASAPS / NZAPS member) $450 $750
Additional Exhibitor Personnel $300 $600

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This meeting is an Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) educational activity that may contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). At the conclusion of the meeting, delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance which can be used as supporting documentation when you submit your CPD claim.


Fellows who participate can claim one point per hour in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. Participation in this activity will be populated into your RACS CPD Online.

Nurses CPD

Important Registration Cancellation Deadlines

Registration cancellations received up to and including 22 August 2019 will receive a full refund, less $300.00 administration fee. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received after 22 August 2019 . As an alternative to cancellation, registrations may be transferred to another person (for the same registration category) before 5 September 2019 without receiving any extra cost penalty.

The members of the ASAPS Board and The Production House Events do not accept any liability for any losses incurred pre, post or during the Conference due to unforeseen cancellation or postponement. In the event of the Conference being cancelled, no refunds will be issued. All available funds will be credited towards a future Conference held by ASAPS.

Fees & GST

All fees are listed in Australian ($AUD) dollars including GST.

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