PSTM Simulation Lab: Facial Sculpting Sat, Sep 21 4:30-6:30 p.m.

In this combination didactic/hands-on course, instructors (craniofacial surgeon and anaplastologists) will discuss the underlying structural components of the head that dictate facial appearance. They will discuss spatial and proportional relationships between structures as well as the forms of individual structures. This discussion will be from the perspective of a sculptor or draughtsman, however pertinent clinical correlations will be made, referencing aesthetic and reconstructive procedures that can alter certain anatomic landmarks.

During the majority of the course (hands-on portion) each participant will sculpt a nose using oil-based clay. She will be given a plaster base and prefabricated constructs that represent bone/cartilage that were made using digital technology. These will serve as armatures over which the nose will be sculpted. Instructors will assist participants in the sculpting process. Specifically, instructors will demonstrate approaches to critically looking at the visual information in front of the participant and translating these observations into the clay model that she is sculpting. Such information will include points of maximal projection, plane changes, and pertinent angles.

The instructors realize that some participants may wish to carry these principles further when at home. A list of pertinent references in both the medical literature and artistic anatomy literature will be provided, as will as discussion of recommended materials and a course of further study. Reference will be made as to how 3D technology can be incorporated into future anatomic and sculptural study.

Due to limitations in space and materials, the course will be limited to the first 65 participants who arrive.

At the end of this activity participants will be able to:

  1. List the most common canons relating position and proportion of facial features to the entire head;
  2. Relate key surface landmarks of the nose to their corresponding underlying bony/cartilaginous structures;  
  3. Outline an approach for translating observation of an anatomic structure to clay;
  4. Sculpt a model of a nose in clay based on a defined observational approach.

Program Subject to Change.   

Accreditation: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.