This year, SCALE, the Symposium for Cosmetic Advances and Laser Education, welcomed over 1,400 faculty members, exhibitors, and attendees back to Nashville, TN, for our 17th Annual Meeting.
With five days full of lectures, special sessions, live patient demonstrations, and tons more, this year’s meeting has been our most successful yet!
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of SCALE 2022:
This year, for the first time ever, SCALE not only added a third special session to our agenda but also introduced ultrasound-guided techniques and hands-on training to our already popular facial anatomy special session courses to enhance understanding of safety zones and improve patient outcomes.
On Wednesday, May 11th, Dr. Patrick Clark led one of our most popular sessions, “Lasers 101.” A crowd favorite, many attendees return to this course year after year, learning something new each time.
We also held our “Facial Anatomy Workshop with Ultrasound-Guided Facial Anatomy Techniques” session on Wednesday. It featured SCALE co-founder, Dr. Brian Biesman, world-renowned facial anatomist, Professor Sebastian Cotofana, facial ultrasound expert, Dr. Leonie Schelke, and expert injector Molly Katz, RN. The four 90-minute modules focused on toxins, upper face, middle face, and lower face. Each module included a detailed explanation of the anatomy, as seen in the cadaver. Each lesson was reinforced in real-time by using ultrasound technology to guide injections on a live model.
On Thursday, May 12th, we introduced our newest special session, “Facial Ultrasound Imaging Hands-on Course” with Dr. Leonie Schelke, Professor Sebastian Cotofana, Dr. Brian Biesman, Nicola Lowrey, PA-C, and Molly Katz, RN. Attendees were able to use ultrasound technologies and hands-on training techniques to ensure safe and effective injection techniques.
Thursday, May 12th:
Our first official day of SCALE 2022 kicked off bright and early in Nashville at 8:00 am with breakfast and moved on to our Cosmetic plenary sessions (led by Elizabeth L. Tanzi, MD, FAAD & Mathew M. Avram, MD) and our Med Derm plenary sessions (led by Seemal Desai MD, Ava Shamban MD). Topics discussed included “NanoPulse Stimulation Treatment of Skin Lesions”
(George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD), “Vascular Lasers‐ Update for 2022” (H. Ray Jalian, MD), “The Skin Microbiome and Atopic Dermatitis” (Lawrence J. Green, MD, FAAD), and more.
In the afternoon, attendees could attend sessions on one of the three varying tracks offered:
TRACK 1: “Aesthetic Trends” (moderated by Catherine M. DiGiorgio, MS, MD, FAAD), “Aesthetic Trends II Consulting With Your Patient and Live On-Stage Injections” (moderated by Deirdre Hooper, MD, and live injections by Dr. Biesman and Molly Katz), and “Skincare I: What You Need to Know” (moderated by Patricia Farris, MD, and included a live suture demonstration by SCALE co-founder Dr. Michael Gold).
TRACK 2: Psoriasis – “Med Derm by the Experts I” (moderated by Adrian Rodriguez MD), “Acne and Rosacea Expert Review I” (moderated by Julie Harper, MD), and “Atopic Dermatitis I, Psoriasis II, & Precision Medicine” (moderated by Brad P. Glick, DO, MPH, FAAD).
TRACK 3 – INDUSTRY SPONSORED SESSIONS: Our industry-sponsored sessions included sessions from some of the leading aesthetic companies in the world including Allergan Aesthetics, Solta Medical, Alastin Skincare, and more!
We wrapped up day one at SCALE with a beautiful reception in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and Terrace of the Grand Hyatt, which was graciously sponsored by Solta Medical.
Friday, May 13th:
Friday was another full day of learning in Nashville, with the continuation of both our cosmetic (moderated by Gary D. Monheit, MD, Mark G. Rubin, MD, Joely Kaufman, MD, and Terrence Keaney, MD) and medical dermatology (moderated by James Q. Del Rosso DO, and Candace Thornton Spann, MD FAAD) plenary sessions in the morning and keynote lectures by one of the pioneers of Botox for cosmetic use, Dr. Jean Carruthers, as well as globally-recognized plastic surgeon and educator, Dr. Arthur Swift.
After lunch with the exhibitors, attendees once again could attend sessions in one of three tracks:
TRACK 1: “Toxins and Fillers I and the Injectable World by the Experts in the Field” (moderated by John P. Fezza, MD), “Toxins and Fillers II and Experts in the Field Continued…” (moderated by Sachin M. Shridharani, MD, FACS), “Regenerative Medicine I The Next Frontier Is Here” (moderated by Atta Behfar, MD, PhD), and “Aesthetic Diversity And Energy Based Devices” (moderated by Michelle Henry, MD).
TRACK 2: “Hyperhidrosis, HS, And Other Med Derm Concerns” (moderated by Adelaide A. Hebert, MD), “Plastic Surgery Anatomy And Surgery Topics I” (moderated by Guy G. Massry, MD), “Acne & Rosacea II” (moderated by Michael H. Gold, MD), and “Atopic Dermatitis And Psoriasis” (moderated by Leon Kircik, MD).
TRACK 3 – INDUSTRY SPONSORED SESSIONS: Our industry-sponsored sessions on day two consisted of sessions sponsored by Pfizer, Skinceuticals, Janssen, Revelle Aesthetics, and more!
Attendees wrapped up day two with a reception sponsored by AMP, and even had a chance to visit Revance Aesthetics headquarters in Nashville!
Saturday, May 14th:
Day three at SCALE 2022 consisted of even more high-impact lectures, demonstrations, and more with the morning starting with plenary sessions about medical derm and aesthetic techniques and treatments (led by Todd Schlesinger, MD, Susan Taylor MD, Jean Carruthers, MD, FRCSC, Brian S. Biesman, MD, Peter Rullan, MD, FAAD, and Arisa Ortiz, MD). Plus, Dr. Gold demonstrated lasers and EBDs on stage!
Let’s take a look at the tracks for day three:
TRACK 1: “Chemical Peels & Other Aesthetic Insights” (moderated by Jeremy B. Green, MD, FAAD), “Body Contouring And Fat Reduction Latest Trends In 2022” (moderated by Terrence Keaney, MD), “Cellulite Update‐ The Hot Topic In 2022” (moderated by Michael Kaminer, MD), and “Combination Therapy” (moderated by Ellen S. Marmur, MD and Rachel Pritzker, MD).
TRACK 2: “Update On Aks, PDT & Skin Cancers” (moderated by Brian Berman, MD, PhD), “Plastic Surgery Anatomy And Surgery Topics II” (moderated by Megan Vucovich, MD), and “Plastic Surgery IV: Hair, PRP, & Regenerative Medicine: Updates New Thoughts & Ideas” (moderated by S. Randolph Waldman, MD, Cheryl Burgess, MD, FAAD, and Marc R. Avram, MD).
TRACK 3 – INDUSTRY SPONSORED SESSIONS: Day three industry-sponsored sessions included lectures and demos sponsored by Sun Dermatology, Crown Aesthetics, Sofwave, and more.
Sunday, May 15th:
Our final day of SCALE wrapped up with all Track One sessions: “Communication, Ingenuity, and Management in Your Practice” (moderated by Vince Bertucci, MD, FRCPC, and Michelle Henry, MD), “Ethics in Aesthetics‐ Common Dilemmas and how to Approach Them” (moderated by Brian Drolet, MD, FACS), and “Modernizing Your Practice and Ensuring Longevity” (moderated by Sheila Nazarian‐Mobin, MD, MMM).
Mark Your Calendars for SCALE 2023!:
We cannot thank everyone enough for making this year’s SCALE Meeting one of our most successful meetings to date! We’ll be back in Nashville at the Grand Hyatt Hotel next year from May 17-21, 2023.
We hope to see you there!