Dr. Nancy Y. Van Laeken
As the President of the Canadian Aesthetic Society for Plastic Surgery, I have the honor to represent a distinguished group of Plastic Surgeons who dedicate a significant portion of their professional practice to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Treatments. Our website is a portal for all visitors to communicate, to learn about our Society and to become better informed about proven aesthetic procedures and innovative treatments that our members provide. Patients who are looking for skilled, credentialed and peer endorsed Plastic Surgeons, are encouraged to use the physician locator to find a member in your area.
CSAPS was founded in 1972 to provide a collegial organization for some of the most respected Plastic Surgeons in the field of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Annual gatherings, telephone calls and letters allowed colleagues to share ideas and to learn from each other. Gaining membership in this society is a significant accomplishment for Plastic Surgeons. Our members have years of experience as surgeons and with specific competence and interest in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In addition, our members must have the endorsement of their peers, they must demonstrate and document continued medical education and they must maintain the highest standards of professionalism and ethical practice.
The past year and a half has truly been unique. The pandemic has changed all of our lives. For the first time our Annual General and Scientific Meeting was canceled in order to comply with public health policies. Despite this, our members have continued to collaborate and educate using virtual platforms. Unsurprisingly, Plastic Surgeons are accustomed to critical thinking when presented with unforeseen challenges, pivoting when technology or research dictates a change in practice and persevering in difficult times.
The formal education of Plastic Surgeons involves very comprehensive medical and surgical training to establish principles by which to appraise problems and then to creatively deliver customized aesthetic solutions for the face, breast and body. Scientifically proven techniques and Health Canada approved devices and products are a fundamental tools for our members. Even in difficult socioeconomic times, there continues to be a tremendous consumer interest in these procedures and treatments. Carefully delivered, these procedures and treatments are safe and can be transformative for our patients. An emphasis on safe, effective and natural outcomes resonate with our members.
During our Annual General Meeting, international and national experts are invited to share their knowledge. In addition, these meetings provide our industry partners opportunities to showcase their products and services in an environment that encourages candid discussions, promotes innovation and nurtures professional relationships. The 2022 CSAPS Scientific meeting will be held on September 30 to October 1, in Toronto, Ontario. We have a strong and varied faculty looking forward to participating. The scientific meeting will be preceded by a non-surgical symposium on September 29, 2022. The society executive is busy organizing the scientific and social program that will educate and entertain, while optimizing the safety of all who attend.