The Monumental Return of ACE
Following the long-awaited Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition, Aesthetics reflects on the biggest two days of the year in the specialty
The Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition (ACE) finally returned on March 11-12 at the Business Design Centre in London. With more than 2,400+ attendees, 95 exhibitors and 60 speakers, ACE was buzzing with excitement.
Headline Sponsor Teoxane produced a stand-out line-up of expert KOLs as well as injectable demonstrations for delegates to watch and discover new techniques. The three other clinical agendas, the Symposiums, Expert Clinic and Masterclass agendas, saw insightful product launches, expert advice and treatment tips from some of the industry’s top practitioners. The new In Practice theatre, sponsored by Enhance Insurance, covered all the business tips and tricks for delegates to take away and implement into their own clinics and businesses. The exclusive VIP lounge sponsored by HA-Derma gave delegates free hair and makeup appointments to get ready for the Aesthetics Awards, which took place on the evening of March 12.
Following a fantastic two days, event manager Courtney Baldwin said, “ACE 2022 returned with a bang! Being reunited with the aesthetics specialty and seeing the amazing exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and delegates all interacting and networking is truly a highlight of the two days. I can’t wait to see you at our next aesthetics event aimed at patients – Beauty Uncovered LIVE – on May 7-8.”
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Takeovers with Teoxane
As Headline Sponsor, Teoxane took over the main auditorium with their global KOLs speaking to a packed-out audience. The first day saw aesthetic practitioners Dr Raul Cetto, Dr Lee Walker and consultant oculoplastic surgeon Miss Sabrina Shah-Desai discuss the anatomy and treatment indications, anatomical mapping and the lower third of the face. Injectable demonstrations were carried out on the temple and lateral brow, mid-face and lower face. On the second day, cosmetic surgeon Mr Benji Dhillon and aesthetic practitioners Dr Kam Lally, Dr Wassim Taktouk and Dr Walker looked into the mid third and lower third with demonstrations on the cheek and lower face.
Dr Lally commented, “ACE was amazing and great fun! It was an enriching educational experience and there was a fantastic buzz about the place. It was lovely to see lots of practitioners attend, interacting and networking with colleagues, and there was a real excitement to be back out at events.”
The masterclasses offered exciting talks on a range of topics from chemical peels and microneedling to platelet-rich plasma and perioral rejuvenation.
Sessions included nurse prescriber Susan Young discussing peel solutions for psoriasis and sensitive skin types sponsored by Church Pharmacy. Aesthetic practitioner Dr Jonquille Chantrey outlined maximising skin health through an multi-modality approach with SkinCeuticals and Dr Tracy Mountford discussed skin assessment and consultation using Profhilo with HA-Derma whilst Dr Aimee Vyas discussed topical hyaluronic acid with Croma.
The second day saw Dr Rashpal Singh speak on restoring and creating volume in the lower face with Juvéderm VOLUX sponsored by Allergan and a panel discussion with case studies with Dr Tapan Patel, Miss Sherina Balaratnam and nurse prescriber Rosey Drewitt-Staples.
The two days saw fantastic educational content from major pharmaceutical companies, including Galderma, Merz and Prollenium.
Dermal fillers and injectable treatments stole the show over both days. Canadian dermal filler company Prollenium showcased the Revanesse portfolio with a full-face masterclass featuring nurse prescriber Frances Turner Traill, Dr Jo Ward and consultant maxillofacial surgeon Mr Mark Devlin on the first day, while Merz BELOTERO Revive came under the spotlight with advanced injection techniques using ultrasound highlighted by consultant reconstructive surgeon Mr Dalvi Humzah, aesthetic practitioners Dr Simon and Emma Ravichandran and Dr Paula Mann on the second day. Mr Humzah said, “ACE was a great conference as it gave us the chance to meet with our colleagues, exchange ideas, see what is new in the industry and come together as a specialty and talk about aesthetics.”
An exciting, brand new dermal filler Restylane Eyelight by Galderma was introduced to delegates across both days. Aesthetic practitioner Mr Munir Somji and Dr Kuldeep Minocha undertook a live treatment whilst speaking on mastering the tear trough and how to bring brightness back to your patients’ under eyes.
Exhilarating Expert Clinic talks
The Expert Clinic was extremely popular with delegates eager to enhance their knowledge of devices, peels and fillers.
Companies included AesthetiCare, AestheticSource, AnteAge, BTL Aesthetics, Celluma, Cutera, Erchonia Lasers, HA-Derma, Lynton, Neauvia, Venus Concept and VIVACY who all had fantastic speakers and devices to present to delegates. A variety of topics were highlighted such as innovation in skincare practice, how to boost your hair restoration business with robotic devices, lower facial contouring with Stylage, and choosing the right IPL and laser device for your clinic. Some of the popular speakers included aesthetic practitioners Dr Sophie Shotter, Dr Natalie Geary, Dr Tatiana Lapa, nurse prescriber Anna Baker and consultant plastic surgeon Mr Ali Ghanem.
Business tips and tricks
As well as our incredible clinical sessions, the In Practice theatre sponsored by Enhance Insurance was jam-packed with delegates eager to learn about the latest business developments and tips to implement into their clinics.
With talks to suit every practitioners’ experience in aesthetics, there was something for everyone! Kicking off with the ‘Beginner’s Guide’ chaired by Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar, talks on launching a new clinic, training avenues and getting started in aesthetics were all discussed with Dr Tristan Mehta, Dr Joshua Van der Aa and nurse prescribers Alice Henshaw and Andrew Rankin. Other informative sessions included: ‘How to add Wellness Services to Your Clinic’ with psychologist Kimberley Cairns and Dr Mayoni Gooneratne, ‘Enhancing Your Profile’ with PR consultant Julia Kendrick, ‘Recruiting and Retaining a Team’ with business strategist Jean Johnston and ‘How to Launch Ultrasound into your Clinic’ with dentist and aesthetic practitioner Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann.
Dr Van der Aa said, “ACE is a fantastic opportunity to bump into people and get reacquainted with others. You can really feel the community come back together. People should register for ACE as it’s a free conference and is up there with the paid conferences. You get exceptional speakers, big companies, and fantastic educational content.”
Experiencing the exhibition
Across the two days, ACE provided an insight into the new technologies, innovations, products and services that the aesthetics community has to offer. Companies showcased their latest devices, skincare, dermal fillers and other technologies to delegates who could test, try and purchase products. Delegates were given AestheticSource branded reusable bags to carry all their testers and purchases.
Throughout the two busy days, delegates could enjoy food and refreshments from the InDesk café for lunch in the gallery.
Following a jam-packed first day, visitors headed to networking drinks sponsored by Endosphères Therapy where long-awaited catch ups and discussions of the day took place. The Prollenium stand got the party started with a DJ and cocktails, creating a buzzing atmosphere to finish off the first day at ACE.
See you next year!
That’s a wrap for ACE 2022! We look forward to welcoming back all exhibitors, speakers, companies, sponsors and delegates next year at the Business Design Centre on March 10-11.
Don’t forget to attend the next unmissable events hosted by Easyfairs, Beauty Uncovered LIVE on May 7-8 and CCR on October 13-14. Subscribe to the weekly Aesthetics newsletter for all updates!