Finding Plastic Surgery Conferences to Attend in 2020

Tips, tricks and quick notes on the best conferences coming up for busy plastic surgeons


As a busy plastic surgeon, making the decision to take time away from your practice may seem daunting and pointless. Since taking vacations and spending quality time with family and friends already takes up the majority of your personal time, investing in networking may seem like an extra drain on your already busy schedule. However, it has been shown over the years that investing in finding the right kinds of plastic surgery conferences and committing to an annual attendance pays off – big time. In more ways than not, getting away from your busy day-to-day schedule and committing to one of these invaluable networking events helps you stay current on the latest research and provides more visibility within your specific field. Finding the right conference can be time-consuming, so in this article we’ll look at some of the most comprehensive conferences being offered in 2020.

Tips for Attending Plastic Surgery Conferences

Making the most of your time is key when planning to go to one of the upcoming 2020 plastic surgery conferences. Instead of just showing up without a plan, do some research ahead of time to see which speakers you would like to hear. Are there any good workshops being held? Check and see what other doctors and practices may be there, or may be presenting to gauge your conference schedule a little better. Try and look at this as a combined learning and networking event, and prepare to get the most out of all your conference has to offer.

Some Things to Make a List of Before You Arrive:

  • Overarching challenges you may have had in the past year and possible solutions being offered at the conference
  • Key things you’d like to learn and how to implement it to help improve your practice (software coding, increase patient volume, new treatments being offered)
  • The latest and greatest products, services and equipment  (plastic surgery EHR software, practice management, billing services, etc.)

Now that you have an outline of your main goals, you can start researching possible conferences that can meet your objectives. It’s quite possible you’ll find a conference that is tailored pretty closely to you what you’re looking for. Chances are, if you have challenges and questions and are looking to improve your practice overall, other practicing plastic surgeons in the field share your interests and concerns. After all, most of these plastic surgery conferences are born of trying to fill a need expressed by practicing doctors.

Research Vendors Ahead of Time and Try and Schedule Out Your Appointments

If you’ve visited any vendor websites ahead of time, you’re well aware of the free demo opportunities that pop up within seconds of landing on a site. If you’ve wanted to view some of these, but haven’t done so for whatever reason, now is your chance. Look over the exhibitor list, and do some light research ahead of time to see which companies offer what you’re looking for.

Because of the robust attendance at a lot of these plastic surgery conferences, trade show booths fill up quickly. It can be annoying having to stand in long lines just to talk to a representative or sit in on a demo.

To avoid this, try scheduling booth appointments ahead of time. Many offer this option on their website, especially as the conference dates approach. Sign up where you can, and avoid those inconvenient long lines where possible.

Once you have an overarching view of some important things to consider when attending an upcoming 2020 plastic surgery conference, you’ll understand how to select which conferences to go to. Let’s take a look at some key conferences to watch out for in 2020.

Our Top 7 Plastic Surgery 2020 Conferences:

1. The ASPS Plastic surgery coding workshop

When: March 13-14, 2020

Where: Hyatt Regency, New Orleans

Dubbed as the conference where you learn how, ‘accurate coding adds up,’ this conference is helpful for practicing physicians and their office staff. Some of the learning objectives include:

  • Identifying CPT coding concepts, specific to breast reconstruction, skin lesion removal, flaps, grafts, and debridement procedures
  • Refine steps to successfully report CPT and ICD-10-CM codes
  • Accurately code Plastic Surgery case examples using CPT and ICD-10 coding schematics

Because of the complexity of accurate coding, learning some tips and tricks can really help with office productivity in the long run. Relevant plastic surgery coding techniques is currently a major topic getting quite a lot of buzz for 2020, as plastic surgery EHRs continue to gain popularity.

2. 2020 Plastic Surgery The Meeting

When: October 16-19, 2020

Where: Moscone Center, San Francisco

If you’re looking for a plastic surgery conference with some of the best surgeons in the industry, look no further. This conference is shaping up to be an excellent networking event, among other things. Make sure you put together a plan of objectives and keynote presenters you would like to see before you go, as attendance is rumored to be higher than usual.

3. Vegas Cosmetic Surgery

When: June 10-13, 2020

Where: Bellagio, Las Vegas

This conference should be incredibly interesting as it seeks to combine the knowledge of science, practice and techniques of aesthetic surgery and plastic surgery medicine. Addressing the four ‘core’ specialties involved in aesthetics, this symposium boasts industry leaders in education of facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery, dermatology and oculoplastic surgery.

4. American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

When: February 27-29, 2020

Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

This conference has an expert line-up of presenters, sessions, training workshops and more. Since this is a four-day workshop, planning ahead of what specific events would be most beneficial for you to attend is crucial. Going strong for 35 years, this year’s conference looks to provide invaluable networking and learning opportunities.

5. The Aesthetic Meeting 2020

When: April 23-27, 2020

Where: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

There will be plenty of keynote presentations dealing with aesthetics this year, so be sure to mark your calendar and check back on the site to see which meetings will provide the most value.

6. Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons

When: February 15-19, 2020

Where: Sun Valley, Idaho

The NWSPS holds its annual meeting attended by over 350 plastic surgeons and physicians. Registration is already open so be sure and take advantage of this informative conference before it fills up. Some keynote presenters to be on the lookout for include members of the ASPS, ASAPS, National Societies recognized by ISAPS or ICOPLAST, and plastic surgery nurses and physician assistants. If you would like to be included in 2021 line-up, they will be holding voting procedures for upcoming leadership for the NWSPS. By sharing your ideas with fellow professionals in the field, you gain access to a wealth of business opportunities and networking solutions.

7. The 2020 AAFPRS Annual Meeting

When: September 10 -12, 2020

Where: Boston, MA

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conference is welcoming hundreds of physicians, residents-in-training medical students, nurses and allied health professionals to collaborate on trending research topics and practice tips. Learn all about innovative techniques and plastic surgery EHRs that seek to advance the profession. If you’re on social media, be sure to use the official hashtag #AAFPRSAnnualMTG. 

Find the Plastic Surgery Conference That Works for You

When choosing the right plastic surgery conferences to attend, remember to stay realistic. It may not be beneficial to attend more than two of these, as they can be a bit of information overload. Use this article as a guide, and find out which conferences will best suit your needs. Then, make a commitment to attend every year. The more exposure you get for your practice the better. Taking the time to invest in your learning and networking can help to provide invaluable opportunities for 2020 and beyond.

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