With the medi-cosmetic and aesthetics industries converging and collaborating ever-closer, there are key events during the year that SPA+CLINIC urges you not to miss, and the annual Non-Surgical Symposium is a must.

It’s less than two weeks away, and the focus of this year’s gathering on the Gold Coast will be Safety and Science. Don’t miss out – register now!

Being held June 22-25 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, NSS is one of the premier educational events for non-surgical aesthetics in Australasia, co-hosted by the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM) and this year, for the first time, the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists (ASCD).

Inaugurated in Sydney in 2011, the NSS has rapidly grown, with the Symposiums held in Melbourne in 2015 and 2016 both sellouts.

The doors are open to all medical practitioners performing non-surgical rejuvenation; plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, dermatologists and other doctors performing medical aesthetic treatments. Importantly, it is also open to their team members, including nurse aestheticians, dermal therapists and practice staff.

As per previous symposiums, the dynamic program is interactive, with focus on expert discussions. There will be independent presentations by a long list of international and leading local presenters on state-of-the-art concepts and practice in the non-surgical rejuvenation sector.

NSS will again cover the entire spectrum of appearance medicine, from injectables through to skin care, laser/light devices and non-surgical body contouring tools. A lot has happened in the last year to bring you up to speed on.

In 2016, NSS introduced video injecting rather than live injecting demonstrations so as to make the process more efficient, with better images and a more interactive learning experience.


On the day prior to the Symposium, Thursday, June 22, ASAPS will run the Anatomical Dissection and Live Injecting Workshop (additional fees apply).

There will be a lecture program on the anatomical changes of ageing and how this affects facial aesthetics and guides treatment selection. The workshop will have a combination of anatomical dissection and live injecting, and the program is modified each year according to feedback.

Click here for more information.


Science is of course the focus of the NSS but the organisers sure know how to throw a party!

The welcome reception (to be held the evening of June 22, before everyone gets down to business next morning) is an annual industry social networking highlight, as SPA+CLINIC can attest.

And while this year’s Gala Dinner towards the end of the conference will be more laid back than last year’s black tie event, it will retain all the bells, whistles and glamour that attendees have come to love and expect.

The social events (as well as delicious lunch, morning and afternoon tea buffets between sessions in the conference area) are inclusive of the registration fee.


An impressive schedule of presentations has been organised for attendees (please note the scientific program is subject to change without notice, so check regularly for updates).

“The 2017 Non Surgical Symposium is going to be simply outstanding,” says Toowoomba plastic surgeon Dr Mark Magnusson, President of ASAPS.

“I would like to introduce the international key opinion leaders and also draw attention to our regular local contributors by highlighting their participation in the meeting with just a couple of titles that each has submitted.

“The contributions will be far greater, with additional talks, contribution to panels and of course the chance to have face-to-face discussions with them during the breaks with your colleagues and industry partners:

Dr Jay Burns  is a plastic surgeon from Dallas, Texas, and has been involved with pre-market research having been responsible for bringing many of the devices we use in Australia to market. His topics:

  • Coolsculpting  [cryolypolisis fat reduction technology]: The Coolmini FDA study
  • Does skin tightening work?
  • Erbium and fractional laser: When and where to use them

Dr Patricia Ogilvie is a dermatologist from Munich and has published scientific papers in biochemistry, immunology, clinical dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Her topics:

  • Beauty versus attractiveness. What we need to know to optimise patients’ outcome
  • Skin quality: the underestimated key to beautification
  • Male/female attractiveness – differentiated treatment approaches

Dr Nowell Solish is a cosmetic dermatologist and academically is the Director of Dermatological Surgery in Toronto. He is Past President of the Canadian Society of Dermatologic Surgery and is a very engaging and entertaining educator. His topics:

  • How fillers affect facial animation
  • Millennials in your practice
  • Complex cases from my practice and how to approach them (fillers and toxin)

Dr Julius Few, US plastic surgeon, is a Clinical Professor for the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Chicago. He is the architect of the Continuum of Beauty, a lifelong aesthetic approach to achieving natural looking results by strategically blending cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical treatments. His topics:

  • Stacking non-surgical technology in facial rejuvenation
  • Blending non-surgical body techniques and surgical body contouring

Dr Gabriela Casabona is a Brazilian dermatologist whose expertise includes non-surgical aesthetics, thread lifting procedures and combining injectables with devices. Her topics:

  • Combination of calcium hydroxylapathite and micro-focused ultrasound for improvement of cellulite
  • A novel treatment of stretch marks: calcium hydroxylaphathite and micro-needling
  • Advanced algorithm to customise use of botulinum toxin

Dr Steven Fagien, an oculoplastic surgeon in Florida, is an acknowledged expert in aesthetic eyelid plastic surgery and advanced applications of neurotoxin and injectable fillers. He has edited, authored or contributed to more than 350 articles, abstracts, book chapters and texts. He is one of the authors on the definitive papers relating to blindness following injectables. His topics:

  • The current status of pathophysiology, reversal and prevention of visual loss sssociated with injectable fillers
  • Low concentration HA for the treatment and reversal of facial lines and beyond

Dr Benoit Hendrix is a consultant plastic surgeon at the Brussels University Hospital, Belgium, who has studied extensively through the UK and has spent time in Melbourne with the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. His practice has a concerted focus on facial surgical and nonsurgical aesthetics. His topic:

  • Anatomical danger zones: using your knowledge of anatomy to prevent severe complications

Dr Rodrigo Ferraz is a Brazilian dermatologist who has a combined clinical, surgical and cosmetic practice. He has extensive experience with fillers, skin boosters and neurotoxins and extensive experience training others with advanced filler and toxin techniques. His topics:

  • Treatment of the male patient (Concept, BoNT, fillers and PLLA)
  • PLLA for global rejuvenation
  • Facial assessment

And of course our local experts don’t need introductions!

Professor Greg Goodman, dermatologist, Melbourne:

  • What is skin quality?
  • Understanding your skin
  • Decreasing pain of injections
  • Kybella [recently launched in Australia and known here as Belkyra, for non-surgical/injectable reduction of submental fat under the chin]

Dr Steven Liew, plastic surgeon, Sydney:

  • Vascular complications: The current status, prevention and management and my concerns
  • Facial ageing in different races: The differences, the rationale of management
  • Nasolabial fold resurgence? The aetiolgy and treatment strategy

Dr Tim Papadopoulos, plastic surgeon, Sydney:

  • Orbital ageing changes
  • Ethnic differences in the facial skeleton


In the exhibitor area, NSS provides an unparalleled opportunity to discover what’s new and popular in device technology, skincare, non-surgical rejuvenation and corrective solutions such as injectables and more.

Visit exhibitors’ stands during session breaks or when you’re not otherwise sitting in on presentations to chat to brand representatives about their products/services and how they could work for your patients and business growth.

It could revolutionise your service offering and profit potential!