The 31st Mendelson Advanced Facial Anatomy Course

Rochester, MN US
July 29, 2024 to July 31, 2024

This course offers Live (in-person) attendance options

July 29 - 31, 2024 - Mayo Clinic Siebens Building - Rochester, Minnesota

The 31st Mendelson Advanced Facial Anatomy course focuses on a deeper understanding of the deep plane facelift anatomy. It will be an extended version of the renowned two-day MAFAC Course. This course is specifically oriented for surgeons who want to learn how to safely incorporate the latest advances in understanding facial anatomy into their aesthetic facial plastic surgery. The course is tightly structured as a guided, hands-on dissection program, having only two participants for each cadaver head, with a highly experienced dissection tutor for every four participants. The hands-on eyelid and brow rejuvenation component will focus on contemporary approaches to eyelid and brow rejuvenation including upper blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, lower blepharoplasty, and brow lifting.

Registration RateUp until February 29March 1 and later
All Attendees$6500$7000


Target Audience

This course is designed for surgeons in the field of plastic surgery.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe current concepts in SMAS anatomy, accessing the deep plane safely using the premasseter space and the prezygomatic space
  • Identify the zygomatic ligaments and zygomaticus major muscle
  • Describe extending the deep plane dissection safely into the neck; elevating the composite flap from its posterior attachments: the platysma-auricular ligament and the cervical retaining ligaments
  • Identify the orbital septum and tear trough ligament
  • Identify the levator aponeurosis
  • Integrate ptosis correction into upper blepharoplasty procedures
  • Integrate brow lift approaches

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 20.75 Attendance
Event starts: 
07/29/2024 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
07/31/2024 - 5:00pm

Day 1: Monday, July 29

7:00-7:40 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast – Leighton Auditorium

Advanced Eyelid & Brow Rejuvenation

7:40-7:50 a.m.

Welcome and Course Overview
Dr. Basel Sharaf and Dr. Bryan Mendelson

7:50-8:10 a.m.

Ptosis Correction with Upper Blepharoplasty: Technical Pearls
Dr. Lilly Wagner

8:10-8:30 a.m.

The Importance of Shape of the Lid Fold and Lid Crease Fixation
Dr. Bryan Mendelson

8:30-8:50 a.m.

Extended Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty: How to Correct the Tear Trough
Dr. Chin Ho Wong

8:50-9:10 a.m.

Endoscopic Brow Lift: 28-year Evolution and Current Technique
Dr. Ruth Graf

9:10-9:25 a.m.

Coffee/Refreshment Break

9:25-9:45 a.m.

Endoscopic Brow Lift, Temporal Lift with Canthal Tilt   
Dr. Zekeriya Kul

9:45-10:00 a.m.

30 years of Endoscopic Browlifting: Lesson learned to Optimize Outcomes
Dr. Howard Webster

10:00-10:20 a.m.

Gliding Periorbital Shaping (GPS)
Dr. Ozan Sozer

10:20-10:40 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Eyelid and Brow Rejuvenation
Drs. Chin Ho, Kul, Sozer, Graf
Moderator: Dr. Howard Webster

10:40-10:55 a.m.

Changing Perceptions in Facial Surgery Visuals
Dr. Levent Efe

10:55-11:55 a.m.Lunch at Leighton Auditorium
11:55-12:25 p.m.Leave Leighton Auditorium & Head to Stabile 9 (Anatomy Labe & Table Set Up)

Hands-on Lab: Eyelid and Brow Rejuvenation Lab

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Upper Blepharoplasty with Levator Advancement for Ptosis Correction
Dr. Lilly Wagner & Dr. Caroline Yu (Alternate Participants to Right & Left side)

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Lower Eyelid-Cheek Junction, Tear Trough Anatomy & Correction
Dr. Chin Ho Wong (Alternate Participants to Right & Left side)

3:00-3:20 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:20-4:30 p.m.

Gliding Brow Lift
Dr. Ozan Sozer (Alternate Participants to Right & Left side)

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Demonstration: Endoscopic Brow, Temporal Lift, and Canthopexy
Dr. Zekeriya Kul

5:30 p.m.

MAFAC DAY 1 Adjourned - Walk to Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center

6:00-7:30 p.m.Reception at Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (will walk over together)

Day 2: Tuesday, July 30

7:00-7:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast – Leighton Auditorium

Advanced Facial Rejuvenation & Anatomy of the Deep Plane

7:45-8:15 a.m.

The Concept of Layered Facial Anatomy
Dr. Bryan Mendelson

8:15-8:35 a.m.

Facial Anatomy Revised: New Concepts and Updates
Dr. Lennert Minelli

8:35-8:55 a.m.

3D Lecture: Deep Plane Facelift Anatomy
Dr. Basel Sharaf

8:55-9:15 a.m.

Lessons Learned from Facial Reanimation: Anatomy of the Orbicularis and Zygomaticus Major Branches
Dr. Samir Mardini

9:15-9:35 a.m.

Deep Plane Anatomy: An Endoscopic View
Dr. Zekeriya Kul

9:35-9:55 a.m.

Coffee/Refreshment Break

9:55-10:10 a.m.

Endoscopic Deep Plane Facelift Technique
Dr. Zekeriya Kul

10:10-10:25 a.m.

Entry Into the Deep Plane: How I Do It
Dr. Jacob Dey

10:25-10:40 a.m.Deep Plane Facelift: 15 Years Experience
Dr. Ruth Graf
10:40-10:55 a.m.30 Years of Evolution in Facelifting: What I Do Today
Dr. James Grotting
10:55-11:15 a.m.The Hybrid Facelift
Dr. Ozan Sozer

Quickshot Presentations
Complications of the Deep Plane Facelift & Management

11:15-11:25 a.m.

Deep Plane Hematoma & Management
Dr. Andres Freschi

11:25-11:35 a.m.

Bell's Palsy After Facelift
Dr. James Grotting

11:35-11:45 a.m.

Dr. Ozan Sozer

11:45-11:55  a.m.

Persistent Sialoma
Dr. Zekeriya Kul 

11:55-12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Drs. Freschi, Sozer, Kul, Medelson, Grotting, Minelli
Moderator: Dr. Nina Schwaiger

12:30-1:20 p.m.

Lunch Break (Leighton Auditorium)

1:20-1:30 p.m.

Head to Stabile 9: Anatomy Lab & Table Set Up

Lab: Deep Plane Facelift


1:40-3:10 p.m.

    • MARKINGS for safe and effective deep-plane surgery
    • INFILTRATION for hydro-dissection, anesthesia, and hemostasis
    • INCISIONS for inconspicuous scars
    • SUBCUTANEOUS UNDERMINING up to anterior border of parotid: “deep plane entry point”
    • Learning to identify the platysma-auricular fascia and the orbicularis oculi and platysma muscles


    • Entering the deep plane safely using the premasseter & prezygomatic spaces
    • Identifying the zygomatic ligaments & nerve branches, and zygomaticus major (“red carpet”)
    • Connecting the two spaces safely to release the composite flap
    • Accessing the buccal fat pad
    • Cervical retaining ligaments
    • Platysma myotomy vs. complete platysma transection
    • Placement of key sutures to re-create the retaining ligaments.
    • Closing the SMAS & closing the skin without tension.
    • Temporal dissection to efface facelift soft tissue redundancy, lateral hooding and tail of the brow.

3:10-3:20 p.m.

Coffee Break


3:20-4:50 p.m.


LEFT SIDE OF FACE (2nd participant)

  • Repetition makes perfection!
  • Follow the same steps from the right side.

4:50-5:30 p.m.

  Endoscopic Facelift Demonstration (Dr. Zekeriya Kul)

5:30 p.m.

Leave Anatomy Lab


Second Day Adjourned - Get Some Rest! Day 3 Starts in Anatomy Lab

Day 3: Wednesday, July 31

7:00-7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – Anatomy Lab Classroom 9-42

Deep Neck Lift & Lip Lift

7:45-7:50 a.m.

Overview of Lab Day 3
Dr. Basel Sharaf
Anatomy Lab Classroom 9-42

7:50-8:15 a.m.

3D Presentation: Deep Plane Neck Lift Anatomy 
Dr. Basel Sharaf

8:15-8:40 a.m.

Deep Plane Neck Lift
Dr. Ozan Sozer

8:40-9:00 a.m.

Head to Stabile 9 (Anatomy Lab & Table Set Up)

9:00-11:00 a.m.

    • Submental incision placement
    • Subcutaneous undermining with release of adhesions to the Mandibular Ligament
    • Undermining of platysma
    • Undermining of subplatysmal fat (“deep fat”) to reflect it inferiorly pedicled on strap muscles
    • Release of Peri-Hyoid Fascia & Identification of Digastric Tendon
    • Plication of Digastric Tendons to lift the Hyoid bone and sharpen the Cervicomental Angle
    • Tangential shaving of ADM and completing ADM plication – “Digastric Corset”
    • Incision of Capsule of Submandibular Glands (SMG)
    • Complete release of SMG within capsule
    • Reduction of superficial lobe of SMG – Identify & Ligate Central Perforating Artery!
    • Midline platysmaplasty and closing of the neck.
    • Applying The Auesrvald Net

11:00-12:00 p.m.

  Lunch - Anatomy Lab Classroom 9-42

12:00-1:00 p.m.

        2. Lip Lift with Filtral Columns Reconstruction: (Dr. Andres Freschi)


  • Markings for Lip Lift 
  • Planning of Incisions
  • Closure of incisions  
1:00-1:20 p.m.Deep Plane Face, Neck and Facial Nerve Anatomy (Demonstration)
Dr. Lennert Minelli

1:20-1:35 p.m.

Lab Group Photo

1:35-3:30 p.m.


Free Style Dissections

Additional Demonstrations:
Dr. Ruth Graf (Deep Plane Face Lift)
Dr. James Grotting (Delta Lift)

3:30 p.m.

Third Day Adjourned

  5:30-8:30 p.m.

Dinner and Certificate at Mayowood Stone Barn

5:30 pm Shuttle Leaves from Hilton Hotel

6:00 pm Group Photo

6:10-6:40 pm Wine Reception

6:40 pm Dinner & Certificate Presentation

8:30 pm Shuttle Leaves to Hilton Hotel


Mayo Clinic - Siebens Building
100 2nd Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902
United States

The meeting will be held on Mayo Clinic Campus.  Hotel room blocks have been created at the following hotels:

Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area
101 1st Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902
$189 per night
Click here or call the hotel direct at 1-507-280-6000 to make your reservation.  Reference MAFAC if you call.  Reservations must be made before July 5, 2024.


Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area
10 E Center St.,
Rochester, MN 55904
$229 per night
Click here or call the hotel direct at 1-507-258-5757 to make your reservation.  Reference MAFAC if you call.  Reservations must be made before July 7, 2024.

The conference will be held at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. You will need to make your own travel plans.  The closest airports are RST – Rochester, MN (15 minutes to Mayo Clinic) or MSP – Minneapolis (75 minutes to Mayo Clinic).  If you fly into MSP, there are a few shuttle services that you can book to get to Rochester:

Groome Transportation
Rochester Shuttle Service

All travel and lodging expenses are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Course DirectorChairman
Basel A. Sharaf, M.D., D.D.S., FACS, FRCDC - Mayo ClinicBryan C. Mendelson, FRCSE, FRACS, FACS - Australia
Dissection DemonstratorDissection Tutor
Dr. Andres Freschi - ArgentinaDr. Paul Audi - Lebanon
Ruth Maria Graf, M.D., Ph.D. - BrazilRichard Bensimon, M.D. - United States
Chin-Ho Wong, M.D. - SingaporeDr. Njde Hambarchian - Germany
Caroline Y. Yu, M.D. - Mayo ClinicLennert Minelli, M.D., Ph.D. - Belgium
Invited FacultyTim Papadopoulos, BSc, MBBS, FRACS, GAICD - Australia
James C Grotting, M.D. - United StatesMin-Hee Ryu, M.D. - South Korea
Dr. Zekeriya Kul - TurkeyDr. Nina Schwaiger-Hessel - Germany
Ozan Sozer, M.D. - United StatesDr. Howard Webster, FRACS, MBA - Australia
SpeakerDr. Dan Kennedy - Australia
Samir Mardini, M.D. - Mayo ClinicGeorgios Kolios, M.D., FACS - Germany
Lilly H. Wagner, M.D. - Mayo ClinicUldis Bite, M.D.
Jacob K. Dey, M.D. - Mayo Clinic 
MAFAC Digital Creation TeamSurgical Assistant
Dr. Levent Efe, CMI - Medical Illustrator - AustraliaCintia Vanesa Carrizo - Argentina
Jonathan Morris, M.D. - Medical Director, The Anatomic Modeling Unit - Mayo Clinic 
Wes Price - Senior Director, Animation - Mayo Clinic 
Kevin Edwards, M.S. - Animation - Mayo Clinic 
Grant Pfizenmaier - Animation - Mayo Clinic 
Christian Hanson - Special Effects Engineer - Mayo Clinic 
Erick Martinez Castillo - Virtual Reality & Animation 
Eric Sheahan - Photography - Mayo Clinic 
Kevin Ness - Photography - Mayo Clinic 
Luciano C. Leonel, Ph.D. - Anatomy Content Creation - Mayo Clinic 


Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement(s):

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Other Healthcare Professionals:
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

For disclosure information regarding Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development accreditation review committee member(s) and staff, please go here to review disclosures.

Available Credit

  • 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 20.75 Attendance

Exhibit Opportunity

The 31st Mendelson Advanced Facial Anatomy Course is pleased to offer the opportunity for commercial companies to interact with health care providers and highlight their products and services. For additional information regarding exhibit opportunities, please contact us.


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