The International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS)

Posted June 22, 2010 in About Dr. Mele, Home, Patient Safety, Plastic Surgery Societies

Dr. Mele is a Active Member of the International Confederation for Plastic Reconstructiive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS)

Dr. Mele is a Active Member of the International Confederation for Plastic Reconstructiive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS)

The International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ICPRAS) is the largest plastic surgery society on Earth. Since 1955, meetings have been held around the world to foster the advancement of Plastic Surgery. Previous sites include:

  • Stockholm (1955)
  • London (1959)
  • Washington (1963)
  • Rome (1967)
  • Melbourne (1971)
  • Paris (1975)
  • Rio de Janiero (1979)
  • Montreal (1983)
  • New Delhi (1987)
  • Madrid (1992)
  • Yokohama (1995)
  • San Francisco (1999)
  • Sydney (2003)
  • Berlin (2007)
  • Vancouver (2011)

I was fortunate to have attended the last Quadrennial congress held in San Francisco (1999). While it was 11 years ago, almost 90 National Societies were represented, more than twice the founding 39 National Societies.

The IPRAS has four Chapters, each with its own International Society.

  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery

These cover the main areas of subspecialization in Plastic Surgery. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is represented by the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) which will be having its meeting here, in San Francisco, this August.

Practicing Plastic Surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area has advantages. San Francisco is a nice place to visit, so we attract many state, national and international plastic surgery meetings. This certainly makes it convenient to attend the best Plastic Surgery Conferences in the World.

As plastic surgery advances and expands, international societies like the IPRAS and the ISAPS will continue to provide a wide range of experience and perspective.