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When Cosmetic Surgery Forum (CSF) heads to Nashville for 2019 and 2020 after 10 years in Las Vegas, the location change won’t be the only novelty in store for attendees.

For starters, the Music City allows for live injection sessions (Las Vegas doesn’t). This means faculty members will be able to showcase their techniques for attendees once again. More good news: Nashville is also smoke free.

Enthusiasm about the location aside, the program will cover everything from cannabidiol (CBD) in skincare and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for hair loss and facial rejuvenation to chemical sunscreens and their effect on marine life, plus male and female rejuvenation. Of course, all faculty will also share their current top picks for cosmeceuticals and devices—no holds barred.

“New forms of botulinum toxin are either here or just around the corner. We will be covering them fully so you know what the pros and cons are before they hit the market!” says CSF founder Joel Schlessinger, MD, Owner and CEO of, founder of the Advanced Skin Research Center, and Practical Dermatology® magazine’s Chief Cosmetic Surgery Editor.

Eye on Millennials

Two CSF newbies Kavita Mariwalla, MD, a dermatologist in West Islip, NY and Westport, CN-based dermatologist Deanne Mraz-Robinson, MD will be discussing skincare and how to woo and educate millennial patients, and will offer tips on managing and employing Generation Zers.

“I will be speaking on key products in skincare and cosmeceuticals [including] what to use and why and debunking common myths and misconceptions,” shares Dr. Robinson. In addition, “Our staff is more than 80 percent millennials. I will speak about how we manage them, incentivize, and create a engaging work environment.”

CBD Under the Microscope

Matthew J. Zirwas, MD, a dermatologist at Bexley Dermatology in Bexley, OH, never disappoints with his lectures, and this year will be no exception. Dr. Zirwas plans to discuss the influx of CBD-based products in skincare. What he has to say may be surprising.

“I have been really interested in CBD for about four years, and it blew up this year,” he says. “I have a good bit more research to do, but based on experience and initial research, I think it is all hype/placebo effect and no actual benefit.”

“We Get A Lot Done”

New York City dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD will share his favorite energy-based device and discuss advanced laser techniques for challenging indications plus discuss the use of PRP for facial rejuvenation and hair loss. “I love CSF, as it gathers the cream of the crop thought leaders who offer and exchange the latest dermatology pearls in a fast-paced manner,” he says. “We get a lot done and leave inspired to do more.”

Nashville’s own Michael H. Gold, MD is slated to discuss the latest and greatest trends in combination therapy. “I’ll be focusing on how to combine several energy-based systems for one patient to maximize outcomes,” he says.

A major CSF strength is that it brings dermatology residents into the mix, he adds. “They are our future and we need to encourage their active participation in what we do and to be excited for the future of dermatology.”

A Special Meeting

CSF alum Joe Niamtu, III, DMD, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Richmond, VA, is excited for this year’s meeting. “The meeting is special for so many reasons including the international expert speakers without egos, hands-on observational training and demos, and presentations and programs by and for residents.”

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CSF 2019 will take place at the JW Marriott Nashville from December 4-7, 2019. Visit for more information.

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