Over 200 experts attend dermato-cosmetology meet

ABU DHABI - An international conference on 'Dermato-Cosmetology' (IDCC 2003) was held at Beach Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

By Muawia E. Ibrahim

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Published: Sat 11 Oct 2003, 12:25 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:33 PM

The conference, organised by Ahalia Hospital in collaboration with the General Authority for Health Services for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (GHAS), was inaugurated by Dr Mahmoud Fikri, Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Health for Preventive Medicine, on behalf of Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Mafda, Minister of Health.

More than 200 international and local dermatologists and plastic surgeons took part in the conference.

In an inaugural speech, the minister said dermato-cosmetology had become one of the very important fields in all parts of the world as the enormous technological progress contributed to developing modern, effective and safe techniques used in remedying various skins problems.

"All the contemporary health concepts encourage adopting specific lifestyles as a basic approach for protection against the most common diseases such as obesity, heart and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Since this requires good health fitness, the external appearance has become greatly involved in updating of knowledge and expertise related to dermato-cosmetology," Mr Madfa said in his speech, read out on his behalf by Dr Fikri.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by scientific sessions, during which eminent dermatologists and plastic surgeons from the UAE and abroad presented papers.

Dr Ganesh Pai from Manglore, India, delivered a talk on various applications of "Erbium Yag Laser". This type of laser is of immense use in the treatment of acne and chicken pox scars, as well as in removal of skin tumours etc..

Dr Eniko Telegdy from Tawam Hospital spoke on one of the most common skin problems regarding hair loss. Her talk was mainly based on a study of 500 cases of hair loss.

Another interesting topic was Botox presented by Dr Abdulla M. Al Eisa from Riyadh. The topic elaborated on the advantages, indications and complications of such treatment. Dr Ashraf M. Reda from Welcare Hospital, Dubai, gave a lecture on "Intense Pulsed Light" (IPL treatment), a novel way of treating various skin disorders including hemangioma, blackish discolourations etc..

Dr Neena Khanna from AIIMS, India, explained the pros and cons of "rejuvenating facial massage".

In the afternoon session, the topic on plastic surgery was presented and discussed. Dr Ashok Govila from Mafraq Hospital presented data of a 10-year study on "aesthetic rhinoplasty" conducted at the hospital.

He analysed various aspects of patient selection, techniques and outcome of the procedure. Dr Najmus Saqib Khan from Al Qassimi and Kuwaiti Hospital, Sharjah, narrated his experience on abdominoplasty, touching upon patient selection techniques used and complications.

"Lipsoculture and body contouring", an important procedure in plastic surgery was discussed by Dr Jayakumar from Kochi, India. He highlighted the current trends and methodologies involved in this type of surgeries.

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