A Weekend With Medical Laser Experts

ASLMS_Boston_2016I just returned from spending this past weekend in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, where I was among many of the world’s experts in the field of aesthetic medicine.  I had attended this important yearly event for 10 out of the past 12 years, and always come away with valuable insights on the use of these technologies.

Additionally, I see it as a look into the future.  After all, many doctors and companies present their early findings from ongoing studies at this conference, and the new technologies that are emerging will soon be ready for prime time!

doctor_networkOne major advantage of being at a meeting like this is that you get to network with other doctors who do the same work, compare notes, and ask candid questions.  I was walking down a hallway on several occasions this weekend when I heard “Hey, Doctor Burke!” and would meet up with someone I had met in the past meetings.

I don’t think it is so much my magnetic personality that has these other doctors remembering me from the year before.  Rather, everyone seems to remember me as the doctor from Maine, and many people who live outside of Maine tend to have a positive image of Maine.

I attended a number of lectures on a variety of laser and aesthetic topics.  These meetings reinforced my intention to keep Maine Laser Skin Care at the cutting edge in this emerging field of medicine.

kybella-twice-b&aMany doctors are seeing the same great results as I am with the use of Kybella injections for the submental fat or double chin area.  Fat is truly being “melted away,” but skin tightening probably occurs because of the inflammation of Kybella’s chemical process.

Many presentations confirmed my approach that no one therapy or technology can handle all aesthetic problems, despite the pitches of many laser companies who claim otherwise.  Multiple individualized and customized prescriptions based on your unique wants and needs are definitely the way to go, not a “one size fits all” approach. Using combinations of many of the amazing technologies we have available (and will have available in the near future) will produce better results than using one treatment alone.

In next several blog posts, I will add other insights that I learned at this great gathering that will affect my treatments in several areas here at Maine Laser Skin Care.  I also remain proud to be a Fellow of this medical society, which is one of the highest honors that medical groups bestow on members who have maintained an elevated level of clinical knowledge and education in their field.

As always, if you have any questions about any new and emerging skin technologies or treatments you see in the media, please do not hesitate to call to discuss at (207) 873-2158.  And, as always, consultations are absolutely free, but need to be scheduled in advance.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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