Famed for its iconic landmarks from Alcatraz Island to the Golden Gate Bridge, its long-established LGBT and Asian American communities and the city’s cable cars dominating the steep, rolling hills, I was excited to explore the diverse and cosmopolitan vibes of San Francisco. I wasn’t, however, prepared for the staggering homeless population that became my plus one along the way of my solo trip.

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With a 10% early booking discount running until December 31, we look at the comprehensive Conference agenda and detail what’s in store for delegates at the Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition 2016

Featuring expert speakers and high-quality educational content, the Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition (ACE) 2016 is not to be missed. Hundreds of aesthetic practitioners have already registered for the two-day event and delegates are still able to benefit from a special early booking discount for the first-class Conference.

This premium programme will comprise eight sessions presented by a team of more than 20 world-leading speakers, sharing their extensive knowledge and expertise on treating aesthetic patient concerns. Focused on key facial and body anatomical areas, each session will include anatomical explanation and discussion, a range of treatment options with live demonstrations, presentation of case study results, and vital complication management guidance.

The sessions, which will run for either 1 or 1.5 hours each, will cover aesthetic treatments for the forehead, temple and brow, perioral, chin and submental area, periorbital region, mid-face, lower face, neck, décolletage and breast, buttock and thighs, and vaginal rejuvenation. Each will provide an in-depth and thorough learning experience, enabling delegates to enhance their skillset, develop greater aesthetic results and improve patient satisfaction. Delegates can also share their opinions and participate in peer discussions with interactive voting pads, which will be utilised throughout the Conference agenda. All sessions will feature the latest audio-visual congress technology to allow maximum effect and optimise learning. Mr Dalvi Humzah, Dr Tapan Patel and Dr Raj Acquilla will once again provide attendees with exclusive insights into their anatomy and injectables expertise during multiple sessions.

Other popular ACE speakers returning for 2016 include Dr Simon Ravichandran and Dr Maria Gonzalez who will share their advice on treating the mid-face for volumisation and pigmentation, respectively. Dr Firas Al-Niaimi and Mr Taimur Shoaib will join the panel for the lower body session; Dr Kate Goldie will perform a periorbital live demonstration in Friday’s ‘Enhancing the Eye’ and Mr Adrian Richards and Dr Aamer Khan will draw on their experience to guide delegates in the neck and breast session. In the upper- face module, specialist dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams and aesthetic nurse prescriber Anna Baker will form key members of the esteemed panel, while Dr Sherif Wakil and Dr Kannan Athreya will look at treatment options for vaginal rejuvenation in their Saturday session. For the lower face, aesthetic nurse prescriber Sharon Bennett will perform a live demonstration of perioral rejuvenation, while consultant dermatologist Dr Sandeep Cliff will detail how to treat this area with active ingredients.

Joining the faculty will be new additions to the ACE team, including cosmetic practitioner Dr Uliana Gout, who will present on medical skincare and chemical peels; clinical lecturer and practitioner Dr Kieren Bong, who will give a presentation on the ‘Two-Point Eye Lift’, and GP and aesthetic practitioner Dr Shirin Lakhani, who will present the latest O-shot case studies. Also new to the agenda will be aesthetic nurse prescriber Frances Turner Traill who will highlight common pitfalls of treating the mid-face, Mr Sultan Hassan who will outline key anatomy and treatments for the buttock and thigh, and board certified ophthalmologist Dr Maryam Zamani who will discuss complications associated with treating the periorbital area with fillers.

To attend the Conference, delegates can choose to book either a one-day pass for the Friday or Saturday, or a two-day pass to experience the entire Conference agenda. The Conference Pass will also give visitors access to all the practical free content on the educational programme that includes; Masterclasses, where delegates can learn how to achieve the best results with the leading products from aesthetic suppliers; the Expert Clinic agenda, which will offer invaluable advice through live demonstrations of the most up-to-date techniques from the UK’s most successful practitioners; Business Track sessions providing essential advice on how to develop a thriving aesthetic practice, and a new addition to this year’s agenda, Treatments on Trial, where delegates can directly compare products with similar indications and join debates with company representatives on their use and success in aesthetic practice. A networking event, sponsored by 3D-lipo, will take place on Friday 15 from 5.30-7pm, offering delegates the opportunity to build new business contacts and liaise with peers and industry suppliers. For every ACE session attended, delegates will be awarded CPD points, with a total of 50 points available over the full education programme.

Aesthetic professionals can book Conference attendance on the new ACE website, where they are also able to view the full agenda timetable and search speaker biographies and exhibitor profiles. Once logged in, delegates can create their own programme for ACE by saving the sessions that they particularly don’t want to miss to a personalised agenda in order to plan out their visit before arrival.
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With registration now open and aesthetic professionals looking forward to experiencing the Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition (ACE), we can now reveal what you can expect from the exciting new agenda taking place on April 15 and 16.

Following the success of last year’s event and overwhelmingly positive feedback from both delegates and exhibitors, ACE has cemented its reputation as the leading educational medical aesthetics event. The comprehensive agenda of free practical content within the Masterclass, Expert Clinic and Business Track programmes, alongside the Conference sessions focused around anatomical areas, will once again attract thousands of practitioners and aesthetic professionals from across the industry.

For 2016, the ACE steering committee, led by consultant plastic surgeon Mr Dalvi Humzah, and comprising Dr Raj Acquilla, Dr Tapan Patel, chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses Sharon Bennett and Aesthetics journal editor Amanda Cameron, are dedicated to providing delegates with a packed agenda of CPD-accredited education in more than 58 sessions. Popular speakers from last year’s educational agenda who have already announced their return for ACE 2016 include Mr Taimur Shoaib, Dr Simon Ravichandran, Dr Daron Seukeran and Dr Maria Gonzalez. They will be joined by new additions to the ACE team of industry leaders, including Dr Uliana Gout, Dr Kieren Bong and Dr Kate Goldie.

A novel addition to this year’s agenda is the new Treatments on Trial programme, where delegates will be offered an exclusive opportunity to directly compare products with similar indications in an active debate with company representatives. During each session, which will take place on Saturday 16, four different company representatives will give demonstrations of their product, describing the main benefits and presenting patient results. Delegates will then be able to get involved in an engaging question and answer debate, discussing product usage, techniques and potential contraindications.

ACE 2016 will again include the extremely popular live demonstration Expert Clinic agenda, with sponsors including Syneron Candela, SkinCeuticals, Fusion GT and AesthetiCare already confirmed. These sessions represent a fantastic opportunity for leading cosmetic injectors and skincare professionals to showcase the best techniques and lend practical advice to delegates. The agenda will also include non-sponsored discussions on managing filler complications, facial anatomy, lasers and chemicals peels from expert practitioners.

Leading aesthetic companies will be welcomed to ACE to host Masterclasses, providing an exclusive opportunity for delegates to learn more about products, best practice techniques and patient outcomes in 90 minute in-depth workshops. The Business Track agenda will deliver invaluable insights on how practitioners and professionals can develop their aesthetic practice. Featuring advice from experienced consultants in marketing, regulation, sales, finance, and law, these sessions will focus on crucial guidance for practitioners and clinic managers in order to create a successful practice and stand out from competitors. The wide-range of discussions will enable delegates to further develop their knowledge and understanding of how to make a practice costefficient, increase retention and improve patient satisfaction.

These sessions, which will run across both days, will focus on development across all areas, from front-of-house staff to clinic managers and business owners. For each session attended, delegates will be able to apply for CPD accreditation, with Conference sessions awarded 1–1.5 points, Masterclasses given 1.5 each, Expert Clinic sessions worth 0.5–1 point, Business Track sessions worth 0.5 points and Treatments on Trial attendees awarded 2 points. Alongside the comprehensive educational programme, the 2,500m² exhibition floor will feature more than 100 top medical aesthetic suppliers, with representation from Healthxchange, AestheticSource, Lynton Lasers and BTL Aesthetics among many others who will showcase cutting-edge products, advances in services, and innovations to target an array of medical aesthetic concerns.

Delegates can register for free online to gain access to the Masterclass, Expert Clinic, Treatments on Trial and Business Track agendas, as well as the Exhibition floor. The paid-for premium Conference programme will include eight sessions from a team of more than 20 world-leading speakers, focusing on key anatomical areas of the body, including the stomach, forehead, perioral, periorbital, mid-face, neck and décolletage, temple, thighs and buttocks and vaginal rejuvenation. Delegates will have the choice to book either a one-day pass for the Friday or Saturday, or a two-day pass to experience the whole agenda.
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October marks the return of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here at One Stop Doctors, we’re passionate about the latest medical and technological advancements currently being used to treat a disease that affects one-in-eight women in the UK. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the UK, and a staggering 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year – which works out as one every 10 minutes.

We’re a private advanced diagnostics and treatment clinic based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Offering same-day appointments, cutting-edge diagnostics, and access to some of the country’s top specialist consultants, we pride ourselves in providing a flexible and unrivalled service for our patients. It’s essential that our clinic is immaculate and features the latest state-of-the-art medical technology. One Stop Doctors provides a range of women’s healthcare specialisms and services, and this includes the latest equipment built to detect breast cancer.

Routine mammograms are recommended to ensure that any developing cancer is spotted in its early stages, enabling specialists to begin effective treatment as soon as possible. At One Stop Doctors, our onsite radiologists can interpret scans, in many cases, within 24 hours for fast delivery of results. We have recently installed one of the most advanced mammography machines available in the world today, from GE Healthcare. The Senographe Essential is a pioneering digital system which offers 3D tomosynthesis scans, producing the highest quality imagery possible, which is vital when locating signs of cancer.

This technology is an evolution of conventional mammograms and offers a wealth of benefits that we are now able to provide to our patients. The 3D imaging technique is designed to visually separate tissue, scanning the breast at every angle to detect potential growths and lumps which may otherwise be obscured. This extensive imaging and standard of detection is not achieved with 2D mammography. The 3D system takes two x-rays at different angles of each breast, producing a detailed image on a computer that is then read by a radiologist. Breast cancer tissue is denser than healthy breast tissue and appears on the scan as irregular white areas or shadows.
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