(Free Press Release) Portsmouth, NH Dr. Mark Ballentyne attended an educational conference in Phoenix, Arizona from Friday, January 14th through Sunday, January 16th, 2011 on the full range of offerings today in Aesthetic Medicine. Attended by plastic surgeons and medical aesthetic doctors from across the country, the conference presented the latest in skin care, facial injection and laser treatments. Coursework also offered the opportunity to complete the first step toward board certification in Aesthetic Medicine, which Dr. Ballentyne accomplished. Board certification in Aesthetic Medicine offers the highest standard of training and skill for patients of The Skin Wellness Center at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center. It is a standard that patients should look for wherever they receive treatment.

Topics presented the first day included medical level skin conditioning, the classification of skin types, the latest in chemical peeling agents and selection for the individual patient's skin type and needs. Peeling agents including glycolic, salicylic, TCA and others. A chemical peel removes the dead outer layers of skin, stimulates collagen growth, producing tighter, smoother skin. The newest chemical peels are administered quicker, are more comfortable for the patient and accomplish more than peels did in the past. Also presented were the prevention and management of peeling complications, live demonstrations and a hands-on workshop.

The second day of topics focused on Botulinum Toxin Type A and Fillers. Botox Cosmetics and Dysport are very popular and broadly used right now. Dr. Ballentyne learned the newest uses for Botox including mini-browlifts, lifts for a down-turned mouth and neck lifts. Also discussed were the indications by which a patient can benefit from the use of Botox over a more invasive option, such a browlift or mini-facelift. Live demonstrations and workshops, again were held for training in administering the product toward optimal results for the patient.

Dr.Ballentyne also attended course work in facial injection fillers for facial wrinkles and their classification, skin fillers and different types, and knowing which patients would benefit from which fillers and a review of the strong base of knowledge necessary for patient safety and assurance of optimal results. Live demonstrations and hands-on workshops presented wonderful opportunity for integration of newly acquired facial injection skills.

Lastly, Dr. Ballentyne attended an intensive course on the latest technology and methods in "Lasers, Physical Peelings and Technologies in Aesthetic Medicine", which included presentations on laser skin resurfacing, photo rejuvenation, laser treatments for hair and tattoo removal, vascular lesions and the highly popular fraxel laser and physical peelings. Basic review on lasers and their physics, and laser types and safety were included.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence N. Gray, in practice here since 1985. He has earned a great deal of respect in both his local medical community and the national plastic surgical community through his many publications, technical skill and personal demeanor. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction .

Additionally, Dr. Gray is a core investigator for the Mentor and Silimed silicone breast implant studies. Dr. Gray received the significant honor of being the only investigator for the Silimed Corporation‘s Silicone study, which is pending FDA approval. Dr. Gray is expected to be the only source for adjustable silicone implants soon. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire. For more information please visit us at http://www.atlanticplasticsurg.com