Portsmouth, NH – Administrative staff and nurses from the Atlantic Plastic Surgery practice of Dr. Lawrence Gray, attended the 36th annual convention of the American Plastic Surgical Nurses in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from October 1st to 5th, 2010. Over 1, 600 plastic surgical nurses and staff from across the U.S. and Canada participated in this educational opportunity to better serve patients. The focus of the conference was on skill development to achieve 100% patient safety, recent advancements in cosmetic surgery that ensure the best results for patients, and relationship building with patients in order to better serve their needs and goals.

Lectures and panel discussions provided important continuing education on wound care and the importance in selecting the appropriate patient for body contouring surgery and ways to prevent complications. Also presented were new treatment options for improved patient outcomes in facial rejuvenation and instruction for determining the differences in emerging laser technologies. A photography seminar demonstrated the importance of consistent technique and proper lighting in digital photography, mostly used for breast augmentation. New to the conference, ideas for participation by surgical practices in sustainability of the environment, elicited broad enthusiasm for reducing consumption of paper and energy. Managing current trends in technology, such as Face Book, as useful tools in communicating with patients was also highlighted.

The plethora of options available in cosmetic enhancement and the confusion it produces for patients was also discussed. The panel concluded that the need to hear the individual patient’s daily habits and emotional needs was uppermost in helping them decide on the best possible choice for them personally. Our mission to focus on patient education and to deliver the highest standards of plastic surgical care is reinforced by closer and more frequent contact with patients. For more information, contact Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860 or on line at atlanticplasticsurg.com.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence N. Gray, in practice here since 1985. He has earned a great deal of respect in both his local medical community and the national plastic surgical community through his many publications, technical skill and personal demeanor. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction.

Additionally, Dr. Gray is a core investigator for the Mentor and Silimed silicone breast implant studies. Dr. Gray received the significant honor of being the only investigator for the Silimed Corporation’s Silicone study, which is pending FDA approval. Dr. Gray is expected to be the only source for adjustable silicone implants soon. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire.

Ali Emmons

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