The MEGA HAND (Multidisciplnary European Group for Aesthetics of the Hand) is a medical scientific society being interested in the hand and upper limb aesthetics.
It is a european group based in Paris, France, with 6 scientific coordinators:
- Professor Christian DUMONTIER, Plastic & Hand Surgeon in Nice, France
- Professor Vincent CASOLI, Plastic & Hand Surgeon in Bordeaux, France
- Doctor Matthieu BEUSTES-STEFANELLI, Plastic & Hand Surgeon in Paris, France
- Doctor Sabine ZENKER, Dermatologist in Munich, Germany
- Doctor Marina LANDAU, Dermatologist in Holon, Israel.
- Doctor Ghislaine BEILIN, Aesthetic Physician in Paris, France
The MEGA HAND’s main interests lie in the three following fields: Clinics, Cosmetics and Symbolism of the Hand and Upper limb.
The clinical topics include all the medical and surgical pathologies of the whole upper limb where the visual aspect plays an important role and where treatments not only improve the function but also the aesthetic appearance and the body image.
“Aesthetics, it is already function.” (R. VILAIN) “The hand, it is not only function.” (MEGA HAND)
Further, the specifities of using on hands treatments that have already been applied to the face and body will also be discussed.
“The hand is a challenging area, what works on hands works everywhere.” (MEGA HAND)
In the cosmetic field, the aging of the hand and the upper limb and the corresponding rejuvenating techniques will be addressed.
“Aesthetics is not only face, breasts and figure, but also hands.” (MEGA HAND)
Lastly and because hands like the face are socially very important, some non medical topics as the symbolism of the hand or the hand in arts will be integrated in the sessions with the aim of providing a global view on hand aesthetics.
“The hand is the extension of the brain.” (ANAXAGORAS)
Our main activity consists in organizing an annual meeting in Paris, France, whose name is iClass Hand (International master Class with Live demos on Aesthetic Surgery & Skin rejuvenation of the Hand).
The 1st iClass Hand was held on February 2, 2008 at the Faculty of St Antoine (80 attendees and 8 companies).
The 2nd iClass Hand was held on February 27-28, 2009 at the Faculty of St Antoine (140 attendees and 18 companies).
The 3rd iClass Hand was held on March 19-20, 2010 at the UIC Convention Center (250 attendees and 28 companies).
The 4th iClass Hand was held on September 30 - October 1, 2011 at Le Palais des Congrès, as joint meeting of EMAA 2011 (2000 attendees, 100 companies)
The 5th iClass Hand was held on October 12-13, 2012 at Le Palais des Congrès, as joint meeting of EMAA 2012 (2500 attendees, 130 companies)
The 6th iClass Hand will be held on October 11, 2013 at Le Palais des Congrès, as joint meeting of AMEC 2013 (3000 attendees, 150 companies)
Each meeting is a multidisciplinary symposium covering all surgical, medical and paramedical fields of the Hand and Upper Limb aesthetics and unaesthetics, from nail to shoulder and from reconstruction to rejuvenation.
Multidisciplinarity, innovation, excellence and international spirit are among the main ambitions of our symposiums. For that, numerous prestigious speakers from the 5 continents are ensuring a very high scientific level in a very friendly ambiance.
Our symposiums are mainly dedicated to Plastic surgeons, Hand surgeons, Dermatologists and Aesthetic Physicians, but rheumatologists, paramedics, scientists, technicians, artists and any physician or person having a special interest in the hand or upper limb aesthetics are also welcome.
Beside these annual meetings, each member of the M.E.G.A. HAND is promoting worldwide this new and innovating topic of hand and upper limb aesthetics, through publications and international meetings.