General information

1. Key moments

2. Getting to Know Us

IMCAS Mission Statement

IMCAS is dedicated to providing the highest quality of teaching through the interface of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology.
Achieving this vision requires a dynamic organization which mission embodies the following standards:

  • Unification and fair representation of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
  • Excellence in teaching all leading subjects on Aging Skin Treatments
  • Constant adherence to ethical conduct

Unequalled Tradition of Professional Support

IMCAS started in 1994, in Paris, France, as a congress dedicated to plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Since its conception,
IMCAS has sought to bridge the knowledge vacuum between Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Dermatology, thereby generating a synergetic and mutually reinforcing interface among these two fields.


What began more than 16 years ago has now grown in terms of participation and renown . As such, IMCAS has become one of the most important international courses dedicated to aging skin treatments . Over the year, our congresses welcome around 10 000 participants, coming from as much as 85 countries worldwide .

3. IMCAS Population

To get a clear view of who is attending IMCAS ANNUAL MEETING conferences, do not hesitate to browse this link

4. The Venue: Palais des Congrès - Paris

Paris, the capital of France, the city of romance, refinement and art has naturally become the home nest of the very first IMCAS conferences.
While attending the IMCAS Annual Meeting, take advantage of visiting this very unique city in the world!

Begin with a coffee expresso and a croissant on the avenue des Champs-Elysees. Then take a gentle stroll down to the Eiffel Tower along the avenue Marceau, passing the famous flame of the Pont de l'Alma. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, you’ll be treated to an unrestricted view over the French capital.

Paris City also offers you beautiful walks in its parks and gardens. Something new is offered around every corner. Take a break with the painters of the beautiful district of Montmartre. You will also be able to do your shopping in the biggest shops like Les Galeries Lafayette or Le Printemps. Afterwards it might be time for a lunch break in a typical French restaurant rue de Rivoli. If you still have eyes to admire, furrow the corridors of the Louvre museum.

Benefit finally from the exceptional panorama which offer to you Sacre-Coeur and the Montparnasse Tower and learn everything about perspectives defined by Haussmann. Discover Paris from a boat trip on the Seine River or walk along the quays and look at the show at nightfall: Paris City and its thousand lights, with the majesty of Notre-Dame and the beauty of the Eiffel Tower.

Situated in the heart of Paris, our venue, the Palais des Congrès, is the centre of business activity of the French capital. Distributed over three levels, the exposition space and rooms offer a great diveristy of possible configurations.

5. Getting There

Getting there by:

  • Bus: Lines 82, 73, 43, 244, PC1, PC2, PC3.
  • Metro: Line 1 (La Défense – Château de Vincennes), station Porte Maillot – Palais des Congrès
  • RER suburban trains: Line C, station Neuilly – Porte Maillot – Palais des Congrès
  • Car:
    - Inner Loop of the Paris ring road (Périphérique Intérieur): Porte Maillot exit
    - Outer Loop of the Paris ring road (Périphérique Extérieur): Porte des Ternes exit
    - Underground parking (almost 1,700 places) with direct access to the Palais des Congrès

6. Congress Circulation Map

7. Conference Admission - Delegate badges

Admission is by badge only. An adult must accompany chlidren under the age of 16.

IMCAS strictly complies with the criteria required for CME accreditation. That is why the access to the conferences is subject to a number of strict rules, aiming to guarantee the scientific independence of the conferences, and to preserve it from any commercial interest or influence. A precise Badge Policy has been implemented, specifying the rules related to the admittance to the different areas of IMCAS conferences.

IMCAS Badge Policy is mandatory for all the participants. Its violation will authorize IMCAS Staff to take measures in order to restore the order, and may lead to the withdrawal of the badge and the prohibition of access to the conference area. According to each participant's status (delegate, faculty, exhibitor, etc...), a corresponding code bared badge is issued.

Fees for full Delegate registration include:

  • all conference sessions during the 4 days (except the Optional Courses)
  • access to exhibit area including lunches and coffee breaks
  • CD with abstracts and course handouts, as well as the Program Book

Online registration is available through this link

8. Official conference language

French and English are the official congress languages.

9. Simultaneous translation

ENGLISH / FRENCH and FRENCH / ENGLISH simultaneous translations in 6 conference rooms.
Head phones are available at the Audio Center in exchange of a garantee: passport, credit card or 300 euros in cash. These item(s) will be retrurned to you as soon as you hand back the head phones.

10. Networking Cocktail

Come and join us for the Networking Cocktail!
Scheduled on Friday, January 27, from 7 to 8pm. Open to all attendees (exhibitors and delegates).
Check our Official Sponsor through this link!

11. Lunch & Coffee Breaks

Coffee breaks:

  • 3 to 3.30pm on Thursday 26,
  • 10 to 10.30am on Friday 27, Saturday 28, and Sunday 29,
  • 4 to 4.30pm on Friday 27, and Saturday 28,

Lunch breaks:

  • 12.30 to 1.30pm on Friday 27, Saturday 28, and Sunday 29

Coffee breaks and lunches are served on site to allow our delegates to fully visit the Exhibition Hall. Complimentary food and beverages are provided to Delegate and Faculty badges types.

12. Abstract Booklet & CD ROM

In regards to abstracts accepted by the Scientific Committee, they are all published in the free IMCAS Annual World Congress 2012 Program Book distributed onsite to all the attendees and they are also available on

Moreover, a USB key or a CD-rom containing the abstracts might also be published in addition an placed inside the congress bags.

Companies and participants may copy material for their personal use; however further copy for sale or for any other commercial purpose is prohibited without prior permission of IMCAS.

13. Optional Teaching Courses

The purpose of Optional Teaching Courses is to provide the opportunity for in-depth exposure to specific techniques and topics, as well as more personalized contact with recognized leaders in aesthetic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. The educational objectives are stated from the perspective of what the attendees can expect to implement into their practice or what they can expect to attain from participating in the course. With targeted learning tracks to choose from, you’ll find courses covering every area of plastic surgery or cosmetic dermatology available on Friday 27 & Saturday 28, 2012.

Refer to daily programming descriptions within the programme brochure.

Please, register early before your course selections sell out! You may also register for Optional teaching Courses on-site, if places are still available.

14. Scientific Posters, E-Papers & Cyberstations (Internet Center)

The POSTER session is held on Sunday, January 29 at lunchtime (from 12.30 to 1.30pm), meeting point being the Welcome Desk. Visit the IMCAS Internet Kiosk to check email and view the scientific lectures in electronic format (E-Papers).

E-Papers provide an opportunity for in-depth information exchange. You will be able to exchange ideas about clinical cases presented by sending personalized emails to the authors.

15. Accommodation

IMCAS has the pleasure of offering to its attendees special negotiated prices at various wonderful hotels in Paris. Our official Travel Agency Partner will be most pleased to help you organize your accommodation during your stay in Paris.

Please contact them directly:

IMCAS Official Land Handler

Alliance Meeting
Contact: Mr. Jerome DELACROIX
Phone: +33 (0) 1 71 33 10 60 / + 33 (0) 1 71 33 10 63
Fax: +33 (0)1 71 33 10 61

16. Transportation and tours

IMCAS has the pleasure of offering to its delegates special negotiated prices to visit Paris. Our official Travel Agency Partner below will be most pleased to help you organize your transportation and tours during your stay in Paris.

IMCAS Official Land Handler

Alliance Meeting
Contact: Mr. Jerome DELACROIX
Phone: +33 (0) 1 71 33 10 60 / + 33 (0) 1 71 33 10 63
Fax: +33 (0)1 71 33 10 61

17. Visa & Entry Requirements

Information is quoted from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

All visitors to France must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Valid travel documents (minimum validity of 6 months).
  • Onward/return tickets.
  • Entry facilities to next destination
  • Sufficient funds to stay in France
  • Visa for France (if applicable).

All foreigners need to require a visa to enter France, except for:

  • Nationals of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermudas, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chilli, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, USA, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Saint-Marin, Holy See, Singapore, Uruguay, Venezuela;
  • Holders of passports issued by the administrative region of Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China) and by the administrative region of Macao (People’s Republic of China);
  • Holders of a valid French residence permit;
  • Holders of a residence permit issued by a state applying Schengen Agreement;
  • Holders of a travel permit issued by a state applying Schengen Agreement.

For more information, please contact the French Embassy or Consulate closest to your residence place.

18. Time difference

France time is GMT plus 1 hour.

19. Electricity

Local voltage: 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. Power plugs used in France are the two-pin plugs.

20. Currency & Exchange

Local currency: Euro (EUR) and Cents.
Current exchange rate (as of May 2011) -> 1 euro = 1,43 US Dollar
Banking hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs, Saturday 09:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs.

21. Climate

France is a large country extending over a wide field of latitude, therefore the climate differs according to region. In southern France the climate is
Mediterranean, characterised by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. During winter and spring the southern regions of the Cote d’Azur, Provence and the Rhone valley experience strong winds called ‘le Mistral’. In the north, where the capital city Paris is situated, France has a temperate climate, which means warm summers, cold winters (around 3°C/37°F in Paris) and rainfall spread throughout the year. Along the west coast the weather is generally milder, and summer days can be very hot.