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The Impact Report: How the Rise of Social Media is Resulting in the Fall of Positive Body Image 

This year’s Keynote will address body image, an important, timely, and often difficult issue facing aesthetic practices today.

There is no denying that social media influences our daily lives. Join us for our Welcome Keynote Address where Lisa Durette, MD, will deliver an impactful Keynote about how social media has twisted beauty ideals and self-image. It is clear: social media use and resulting poor body image affects people of all ages and has contributed to the concerning mental health decline in young adults. Learn what this means to you as an aesthetic practitioner, how you can use proven methods to differentiate those with “normal” body image concerns versus people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, as well as how you can best help people with a distorted body image and unrealistic expectations.

Following Dr. Durette’s practical and clinically focused talk will be a lively panel discussion featuring aesthetic physicians and providers discussing their experiences with technology and media influence on patients’ perceptions and body image, unrealistic patient expectations, identifying and managing patients with BDD, the concept of “Perception Drift,” and when these patients become dangerous to themselves, you and others. This is sure to be a revealing examination of social media’s effects on us as a society, and particularly your aesthetic patients.  

Educational Objectives:

  • Discover the impact of social media on body image.
  • Realize the difference between “normal” body image issues and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
  • Discuss potential of aesthetic medicine to improve body image in non-BDD patients.
  • Understand how to identify the warning signs of BDD.
  • Learn how to communicate with patients you suspect might have BDD, when to avoid treating them, and potential referral sources to help them.

About the Speaker

Lisa Durette, MD

Dr. Durette graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and is board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Dr. Durette has been awarded a Distinguished Fellow of both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) as well as the American Psychiatric Association (APA).