|Head and neck course attracts international trainees|
The College has hosted its first ever facial aesthetic dissection course designed to provide multidisciplinary training
Held over two days in November 2010, the Aesthetic Dissection of the Head and Neck course brought together specialists from ENT, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and plastic surgery who worked together to provide high-quality training and current concepts for aesthetic procedures to the head and neck.
A group of ten international delegates from as far afield as Singapore came to the event. Those from Italy commented that few cadaveric dissection courses were available in their home country and they were delighted to see the College providing such a unique learning experience.
The dissection course was designed to provide maximum hands-on exposure to fresh frozen cadavers. Each pair of trainees was provided with a cadaveric head and neck, which allowed them to dissect a side each. Specialist surgical equipment was provided to allow delegates to place implants and improve their soft-tissue handling skills. The first day covered upper and lower lid blephoroplasty and brow-lifting techniques, followed by approaches to the nasal septum, tip and dorsum. The second morning concentrated on face-lifting techniques, including neck lifts and SMAS plications. Otoplasty was covered with adjunct procedures, such as rib cartilage harvest and conchial bowl harvesting.
This course was designed by the College to standardise and rationalise aesthetic surgery of the head and neck. Traditionally, the learning of these techniques has been patchy, with most trainees picking up pieces of the jigsaw by assisting senior surgeons within the private sector. As a group, we felt strongly that these techniques should be formally taught with the dissection principles applying equally to access of the facial skeleton or subcutaneous tissues for other procedures.
Feedback from the event was excellent and we hope to run the course again on 29 and 30 November.
Jeff Downie, Course Convener