Sneak Preview of the NSS2023 – Whats On!

Transcription – Sneak Preview of the NSS2023 – Whats On!

Trish

Hello. This is Trish Hammond here from the Transforming Bodies podcast. And today, we’ve got a special episode for you. I’m actually catching up with specialist plastic surgeon, Dr. Naveen Somia, he’s based in Sydney, and he’s actually the Scientific Convenor for the 2023 Non-Surgical Symposium up on the Gold Coast in about two weeks time, so welcome Dr.
Somia.

Dr Somia

Thank you, Trish. Thanks for having me on your podcast.

Trish

Look, I feel like I muffled my way through that. But anyway, we got there in the end. Look, I’m excited for the non-surgical symposium because I know that this year I mean, every year it gets better and better. I mean, I’ve been going for many actually, since the beginning, so every year just gets better and better when you think it can’t get any better. But when I read the highlights for this year and the program, I need to get this out there to people that have been asking me. So I thought, Who’s the perfect person to speak to about yourself?

Dr Somia

Thank you.

Trish

So tell me, what can people attending the non-surgical symposium expect this year?

Dr Somia

Okay. So it’s a very, very important nonsurgical symposium because of the looming regulatory changes coming first of July that is gonna change the industry like you haven’t seen before. There are additional compliance requirements and there are additional, kind of, a regulatory policy with Opera, so to speak, to make sure that any of those noncompliance issues are gonna be addressed. Now a lot of the things are governed by the national law. So any kind of noncompliance will be seen as a breach of the national law. So naturally, you’re gonna have a regulatory burden that comes with it and, you know, a disciplinary action that may follow. So I think it is very important that the industry realises this and stays on top of it. Every single practitioner in institutions like this Trish, to provide nothing but the best for the patients that keep their patients wellness at their front and centre of their practice. But come first of July, it is even more important to keep you safe, keep your patience safer, and your practice successfully sustainable. Very important because with this regulatory thing, you just need to be compliant to tick all the boxes on and so forth. So we have introduced a few new things in this program, which is going to be a benefit to all the people who do cosmetic injecting. We’ve got systems in place that you can deploy in your practice that will achieve the safety and the security and the success that you need. If you’re facial injecting, you’ll have a system in place that you can deploy. If your practice is predominantly care of the skin or skin care, you can introduce skin care in a manner that is structured that will keep it functional and sustainable for your patients and your practice. We have a risk mitigating session on Sunday that is we have got three illustrious speakers Dr. Anne Tonkin, who’s the Chair of the Medical Board of Australia is coming to give a talk in person, to tell us about the new guidelines and how they will impact better patient care. We have – Avant has got a risk mitigation who’s called Avant – so it’s called Annabel Herron, who’s gonna be talking about how the medical, legal implications of those guidelines can impact you and your practice. We have Dr. Lily Vrtik who is a Plastic Surgeon based in Brisbane. She’s on the ASAPs board and she has a masters in health law. She’s gonna be talking about risk mitigation of your cosmetic practice, very useful terms, very timely, and very appropriate for the first of July changes. On Saturday, you have an entire day of business in addition to the other things going on scientifically. This isn’t about how to structure your business and how to make sure you perform at the top level because even if you may be the best in a different world, if you don’t have a good solid success from a systematic business around you, it’ll make a big difference between success and failure. And even if you’re a brand new practitioner wanting to enter into business, this is a great structure. This is done by people who are experts in the business field and successful entrepreneurs who have managed to navigate this space before so all you have to do is follow the guidelines, follow the footpath in the footsteps of successful entrepreneurs ahead of you, and you can make sure that you not only remain committed to your profession, you remain successful in business as well. And if you’re an existing business who wants to upscale or, you know, scale up or do better things, this is the place to be. I think it’s gonna be extremely valuable. I’ve never seen a business session of this calibre in any meeting that I’ve been to.

Trish

It’s just like looking at this because there’s the two sessions running at the same time. I’m looking like, oh, oh my god. People are gonna be running from one to the other because there’s just so much on and it covers everything. So you’ve got the patient care, you’ve got the clinic growth, and you’ve also got the APHRA guidelines stuff.

Dr Somia 

That’s correct. Guidelines. Yeah. So it’s all about making sure you deliver the best in the present context, remain compliant, remain successful, and just avoid any kind of regulatory interruptions to your clinical practice over the next twelve to twenty four months.

Trish

Mhmm. Fantastic. And is it a sellout this year?

Dr Somia 

It’s soon going to be a sellout, and that’s kind of what, missed convey. I don’t like to sound like a sales or a salesperson, but NSS does have a capacity. So big usually, we kind of peak very soon and then there’ll be capacity. So if you haven’t got your tickets, please get them. You can sign up and you have the luxury of watching your recordings or after the meeting. So if you’ve missed it if you’ve been at session one and you won’t love to go to a business session, you can always look at the recordings after the after the session. So feel free to sign up and because once you reach capacity, then we’re physically closed. We can’t entertain more people on board.

Trish

Yes. Of course. And that’s why I asked because I had a couple of doctors ask what’s being covered and I’ve had the program, so I thought, oh, is it still available? So does that sound to me that it is still available. Yeah. Well well, that’s great. I’ve gotta say, I’m uber uber excited, and normally, the Sunday is the day that everyone kind of winds down as not as many people. But I think this Sunday, what’s on this Sunday? I think it’s gonna be one of the most important of the whole lot really.

Dr Somia 

Look, look, I think over the last month, we’ve had a few webinars and meetings about the new guidelines and I personally have been to pre webinars. Each one lasted for an hour and a half, hour and a half, hour and a half, and one of those was two hours. And they are quite intense and they’re very nuanced and very subtle and one word here, one photograph here, and it’s like I’m gonna is this is a lot of lot of regulatory compliances that has to be done across every single communication of yours, social media channels, social media posts, website content, website photographs. The information you give to your patients, what you tell them, what you can’t tell them is incredible. It is like you need to do a master’s degree in communicating to cosmetic surgery patients based on new guidelines. There’s so much information there.

Trish

Yeah. Absolutely. Absolutely. Look, I’m so excited. I cannot wait.
I know it’s gonna be, I know every year it always gets the year before I know it’s gonna be exactly the same this year. So I really look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Somia 

Look forward to seeing you there too. Good to have everyone on board. And I think, you know, every injector will find that the CS meeting will offer more than just value. It is not just about whether you inject ten units or twenty units. Not about injecting one mil or two mil. Yes. These are all for all of that, but all of us know how to do a good job well. But this year, it’s about trying to do a system, bring a system around what you do so that your IP is predicted, your practice is predicted. You are predicted, your patience is predicted. Very important.

Trish

You know, before we go, I wanted to just say, so I noticed that this year we’ve also got a complete 360 degree approach to skin – Comprehensive skincare. Can you just give us a little bit of insight on that? Because this kind of opens it up to the next level as well, I think.

Dr Somia

It does look like this, we had to issue the beginning of last year, if you look at last year, in the previous few instances that I was a convenient form. We didn’t have a signed form or scientific adviser company. I just relied on existing experts like Dr Goodman to run a few things past him and did to Dr Tim and Dr Mark Magnusson and the other experts in the field. And this year, we decided that, look, the industry is so big, so vast and so mature that we should invite a key person from each of the disciplines that gets represented in the nonsurgical industry. So we’ve got a member of the craft group from a specialist dermatologist, cosmetic doctors, cosmetic dentists, dermal clinicians, you’ve got a registered nurse, an enrolled nurse, all on board. And each one gives their own perspective, and that’s what helped to enrich the program significantly and I’m so proud of the commitment and the teamwork that the scientific advisory committee have brought into this meeting. And the skin care and the care of the skin partway was one such byproduct of this thought process and all of us have got the kind of patients who need care of the skin. Right. It’s not to be confused with products so skincare, unfortunately, is confused with products, but care of the skin is an important feature of nonsurgical interventions because it not only complements what you do deep down, it also helps you to maintain the longevity of your results. Pre surgery preparation is critical, post surgery maintenance is equally important. Ultimately, who’s the winner, the patient? But a lot of practitioners because we all operate in silence and work in independent areas of expertise. The more experienced we are, the less we know of other things around us. Despite massive growth in these areas. So if you compare understanding of skin science over the last ten years, there’s been an exponential growth of what was just starting off as topical applications and now you’re talking about trans, cutaneous transdermal delivery and other things and in products, and technology and molecules are getting smaller, the methods to open the pores are getting bigger, you know. So there’s a whole heap of things that you can do to complement. So this is a good method even for existing practitioners or experts in the field to come and learn and have their eyes open and say, oh, there is more to this than just putting in a few creams and serums. And there’s a system in how we can do this to run it effectively and what and these are all successful tips by people who have run very successful care of skin businesses. So that’s the beauty of these market conferences. You have people who have got quote unquote, skin in the game or sharing with you the top secrets so that you can then deploy them in your practice and then go and, you know, add value to your patients.

Trish

Yes. And how honourable is it to think that there’ll be plastic surgeons attending something where a dermal therapist is speaking so that because they have will have something to learn from a dermal therapist even though a plastic surgeon way more highly qualified as far as no qualifications scope, but still they’ve still got something that could possibly learn from a dermal therapist so that’s really honourable to even think that they learn from each other as well as freight.

Dr Somia 

Yeah. So that this is exactly right. And this is the complementary, collaborative, consultative process that gives you the best value for the patient. Yes, you can do a few things, but you have a limit because your expertise doesn’t extend beyond that. So when you get another person to complement either before treatment, or after treatment, then overall, the results look better for much longer and patients are happier.

Trish

Exactly. Exactly. Oh, look. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m gonna be like a chicken with my head clock. I’m gonna be room to room to room to room and anyway, be really exciting. Look, I gotta say thank you so much for taking your time out to join me and just so I can share this information with everyone. I really, really appreciate it.

Dr Somia 

Thank you so much, Trish. Thanks for having me, and I will look forward to welcoming you and your listeners to the nonsurgical symposium.

Trish

Fantastic. And guys, if you haven’t got your tickets out there yet, you can actually get them from [email protected], TPHE (the production house events). They’ll be happy to help you and get along to the NSS in June on the Gold Coast at the Convention Centre. Thank you so much, Dr Somia. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.

Dr Somia 

Thank you, Trish. Look forward to seeing you.

 

If you haven’t got your tickets out there yet, you can actually get them from [email protected] or visit https://nonsurgical.org.au/. You can follow them also on Instagram @nonsurgical_symposium for more info.  

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