Renowned lecturer in the field of Cosmetic Surgery, Pr. Marcos Sforza is an ever-innovating passionate surgeon who has performed more than 5 000 procedures. Known all around the world for his breast enlargement procedures, Marcos Sforza is also a firm believer in the benefits of advanced continuing education and training.
Professor Sforza, can you tell us more about the innovative technologies and techniques you’re currently using?
For breast surgery, we’re currently using a new generation of nanotextured breast implant. It’s easier for this type of implant to stay in place once it’s put into the body. Plus, it is made to reduce capsular contractions and chronic inflammation.
We are also using the first implant in the world that includes a microchip, meaning our patients have an electronic passport inside of them. With this type of implant, patients have access to the information about the implant whenever it is needed. It’s really practical since they don’t need to carry paperwork with them anymore.
It also allows patients to check if they agree with the surgeon about what exactly they have inside of their body. On top of that, we also perform a technique based on microsect grafting, using a new kind of injection that is safer for the patient when used next to breast implants. And finally, we also use pyrography so that the surgeons are able to see not only primary cases but also revision cases.
You spent some time with Ivo Pitanguy in Brazil. What’s your personal experience and approach to real life training?
Coming from the Pitanguy school, we were always operating with people visiting and watching us. Pitanguy always used to say to me “you will never regret teaching” and he was right. In situ training is so much more important than only attending a lecture or a conference because it allows you to create real interactions. When people come to see you practice in your O.R., they not only want to watch you perform your procedure, they also want to interact with you.
Real life training is about sharing and debating.
Real life training is about sharing, debating and exchanging views on various topics. It’s a very intense experience. When people come into my practice for training, they get involved in the whole surgery process. They not only see the patient during the procedure but also before during the surgical planning and the marking of the surgical site.
You opened your own practice a few years ago. What ideas do you try and convey as a trainer?
To me, it is essential to share medical knowledge on a global scale. I’ve greeted surgeons from Vietnam, from America, and so on… Each one of them uses different techniques and has a different culture. Even patients behave differently in each country! My reality is not the reality of a surgeon performing abroad but still, we all share the same principles.
I’m just trying to make people feel happy.
When I host trainings, I want my visitors to understand that it’s vital to keep it simple. I want them to see a simple but effective way of doing things, so that they can have good results and reproduce them. To me, training is also a great way to make good friends all around the world. After my training sessions, I take everybody out to dinner! And once they’re back home, they usually get back to me with questions for their own cases that I happily answer.
Do you have any advice for peers who want to become trainers as well?
Training is a very rewarding experience but it can be hard work too. Being a trainer, you have to leave your comfort zone and help people that have come all the way to see you. You want them to have the opportunity to get as much information as they can. The operation can also be difficult at times so it’s always great to use some extra help in this regard.
As a trainer, you get to leave your comfort zone and help people who come to see you.
I speak at a lot of conferences so people keep contacting me to get training but I was having a hard time coordinating all of the requests. Invivox really helps me make the experience more professional for trainees, because they facilitate the contact between me and the industry. I’m planning on hosting monthly training sessions and I know it will go smoothly thanks to Invivox’s help.
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