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The 3rd Congress of
The Asian Pacific Society for Scar Medicine
11-12 November 2023 (Sat-Sun) - Hong Kong

Welcome Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues, it’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the exciting city of Hong Kong for the 3rd Congress of the Asian Pacific Society for Scar Medicine (APSSM) 11-12th November 2023. The Congress venue is the Prince of Wales Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of The Chinese University of Hong Kong which is very well-served by public transport.

I thank the members of the Faculty from the Board of the APSSM who have confirmed their attendance; they represent the cream of experts in scar treatment in this region. In addition, I am honoured to have such an illustrious set of Invited Speakers. Locally, we have Professor Henry Chan, renown for his great experience in the laser treatment of scars and Professor Cecilia Li, with a lifetime of experience in treating scars with pressure and silicone and developer of the award-winning Smart Scar-Care pad. In addition, we are particularly grateful to those who will travel great distances to share their knowledge with us: Professor Thomas Mustoe (USA), Dr Luc Teot (France), Dr Richard Wong-She (New Zealand) and Professor Angus McGrouther. These are all giants in their field.

To help celebrate the recent WHO declaration of the end of the COVID-19 global health emergency, I have set registration prices the same as the last meeting in 2019 (actually much cheaper if you consider the devaluation of the yen). Please take advantage of the Super Early Bird prices! As the world recovers from the pandemic, I hope the 3rd APSSM provides a platform to share ideas and renew friendships.

Apart from the wonderful lectures, we will also have a Free Paper session and e-Posters with prizes, and Workshops. Please note that the Gala dinner will be an opt-in extra but it will be an excellent evening that you will definitely enjoy whilst contributing to a local charity. We will have plenty of delicious local food and beverage during the Congress. Furthermore, please read the T&Cs regarding registration which have become somewhat of a necessity after COVID-19 etc.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong. There’s plenty to do in the city before and after the meeting. Thanks to Piera Chan, long-time co-author of the Lonely Planet Hong Kong series for providing a tailored guide to Hong Kong during the time of your visit.

Tor Wo Chiu
Congress President
Division of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Prince of Wales Hospital
Hong Kong

Congress Secretariat

Department of Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building
Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
E-mail: apssm2023@surgery.cuhk.edu.hk

Endorsed by

Hong Kong Association of Cosmetic Surgery
Debra Hong Kong
The Keloid Association of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Burns and Wound Healing Society

Congress President

Tor Wo Chiu
Division of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Prince of Wales Hospital
Hong Kong

Invited Speakers

Henry Chan
Hong Kong
Cecilia WP Li-Tsang
Hong Kong
Angus McGrouther

Thomas Mustoe
Luc Teot
Richard Wong-She
New Zealand
David Greenhalgh
Marcus Wagstaff


Apirag Chuangsuwanich
Division of Plastic Surgery
Department of Surgery, Siriraj Hospital Faculty of Medicine
Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University
Josephine Ip
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Queen Mary Hospital
The University of Hong Kong
Chao-Kai Hsu
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology,
College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University
Yee Siang Ong
Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Singapore General Hospital
Teddy Prasetyono
Plastic Surgeon
Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Universitas Indonesia
Rei Ogawa
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Nippon Medical School
Wei Liu
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Shanghai NInth People‘s Hospital
Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Eldon Mah
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne Australia
Yixin Zhang
Deputy Director of the Administration of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Chenyu Huang
Department of Dermatology
Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital
Tsinghua University
Chia-Hsuan Tsai
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Keelung branch
Chang Gung University
Rajeev B Ahuja
Department of Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
Tey Hong Liang
Head of Research Division and Senior Consultant, National Skin Centre, Singapore
Mark Fear
Associate Professor, The Burn Injury Research Unit, University of Western Australia

Preliminary Program

11th November 2023 (Saturday)
0830 Registration

Principles of Scar Formation and management
0850 Introduction and welcome Tor Chiu

Special Lectures
0900 Future Directions in Scar Management Thomas Mustoe
0930 Laser treatment for scars Henry Chan
1000 Tea break
1020 Unscarring the scar Mark Fear
1040 Systemic effect on keloid development and treatment Liu Wei
1100 Early detection of pathological scarring Luc Teot
1120 Management of self-harm scars Eldon Mah
1140 Laser treatment in early stage scar Yixin Zhang
1200 Updates on conservative scar management Cecilia Li
1220 Role of autologous nanofat grafting in adipocyte-derived stem cell in scar management Pichansak Bunmas
1240 Management of hypopigmented scars Pitawan Rachata
1300 Lion Dance & Lunch

Management of Scars
Special Lectures
1400 Mechanotransduction in scars Angus McGrouther
1430 Setting the stage for success – strategies for primary burn care Richard Wong-She
1500 Burns scar correction with multi-modality approach Apirag Chuangsuwanich
1520 Management of burn scars Yee Siang Ong
1540 Reconstruction of scar contracture in the hand Josephine Ip
1600 Use of BTM in primary and secondary reconstruction Richard Wong-She
1620 End
12th November 2023 (Sunday)

Novel Research
Special Lectures
0830 New research topics in scars/ telemedicine in scar management Luc Teot
0900 Early wound intervention – A new concept in topical management of scar Liu Wei
0920 Innovations in scar management Hong Liang Tey
0940 Cell biology and 3D printing Mark Fear
1000 Asporin inhibits collagen matrix-mediated intercellular mechano-communication between fibroblasts during keloid progression Chenyu Huang
1020 Tea break
1040 Scar skin graft to avoid further potential donor scar morbidity Teddy OH Prasetyono
1100 Innovation in keloid and scar treatment Chia-Hsuan Tsai
1120 TCM for pathological scars Yuan Chieh Yeh
1140 Review of immunological mechanisms of keloid Chun-Bing Chen
1200 Panel discussion - 'Keloids and HTS'
Chair: Rajeev Ahuja
Panel: Apirag Chuangsuwanich, Richard Wong She, Teddy Prasetyono
  Optimizing burn wound healing: research topics David Greenhalgh
  Present and Future of Keloid and hypertrophic scars Rei Ogawa
1300 Lunch

Special Lecture
1400 BTM for complex wounds and narrow scrapes Marcus Wagstaff

Free Paper Session
Judges - Marcus Wagstaff, Angus McGrouther
1430 Chinese Herbal medicine in treating scars Yaochang Liu
1442 Timing of surgery, lasers and injections in keloids and hypertrophic scars. An algorithm Varen Tan
1454 Tunnelling technique of intralesional 5-fluorouracil in combination with triamcinolone injection for intractable keloids Yi-Han Chang
1506 Treatment of burn scar with 595nm pulsed dye laser starting on the early stage Guangtao Huang
1518 PDL vs IPL in the early intervention of surgical scars: a retrospective controlled study Wenjing Xi
1530 Combined multiple laser/light treatment as a non-surgical alternative in full-thickness lower eyelid defect: case series and discussion of functional and cosmetic outcomes Zheng Zhang
1542 End
1900-2100 Gala Dinner
Nanhai no 1, 31st Floor, I-Square, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

12th November 2023 (Sunday)
1400 - 1700
Workshop - Practical Scar Management (Concurrent)*
Venue: Seminar room, PEC
Introduction to burn and skin injuries, Wound healing and process of scar formation. Cecilia Li
Burn wound management Amy Wong
Scar assessment Cecilia Li/ Hercy Li
Conservative management of Hypertrophic scar Cecilia Li
Pressure therapy for hypertrophic scar Cecilia Li
Clinical demonstration on pressure application
(using padding, taping and pressure garment)
Janet Yang
Case studies and discussion Cecilia Li and Janet Yang
*Numbers for the workshop are strictly limited
Registration on 10 & 11 November 2023 on registration counter and are first come first served.


Cancellation & Refund Policies
Cancellations and/or changes must be sent in writing to apssm2023@surgery.cuhk.edu.hk. Refunds are subject to the conditions below:
  • From Now till 1 September 2023 - full refund minus 10% administration fee for cancelled registrations. Refunds shall be processed within six months.
  • From 1 September 2023 - No refund for cancelled registrations

Gala Dinner (12 November 2023) Full

The Gala Dinner is optional to accommodate those who wish to make their own plans. However I hope that you will join us for several reasons. First of all, the Super Early Bird price is half of the actual cost, and secondly, it’s all for a good cause!

I work with a charity (debra.org.hk) looking after children with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). This is a devastating disease where the epidermis can blister off with the slightest touch, like ‘the wings of a butterfly’, which is why we have the butterfly logo on the front page of the website and the poster. I will donate the proceeds of your Gala Dinner tickets to Debra Hong Kong. I thank our Dinner Sponsors for making this possible. Please sign up! Feel free also to make an additional donation that will be passed on.

Finally to our dinner venue. Nanhai No 1 is a Chinese restaurant atop a high rise in Tsim Sha Tsui which commands an unparalleled view of Victoria Harbour. You will have ringside seats for the Sympohony of the Lights (8pm), the light show on the harbour. And of course, the food. There will be Endless Dim Sum and other typical dishes. And drinks too.

So I hope I have whetted your appetite to feast, for an excellent cause. Numbers are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Abstract Submission

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

  1. Abstracts should be written in English.
  2. Each abstract must not exceed 300 words
  3. Clearly state the abstract title, author name(s), and name and full address(es) of institution(s) where the scientific work was undertaken.
  4. Type the author names in the order of given name followed by middle name and last name.
  5. Content of the abstract should include Background, Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion(s).
  6. Maximum of two figures and two references are allowed for each abstract.
  7. The abstract should be in Microsoft Word format and each file should contain only ONE abstract.
  8. All abstracts shall be submitted on or before 1 September 2023.
  9. All accepted submissions should include a Conflicts of Interest declaration.


The following Official hotels have offered special rates for the Conference. These hotels are located in close proximity to the Congress Venue: Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin. Shuttle service will be provided every morning of 11-12th November from the hotel to Congress venue.

The room rates are quoted on per room per night basis and are subject to 10% service charge unless otherwise specified. Credit card guarantee is required for room reservation.

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin Book Now! Room Only Book Now! Room with Breakfast

18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin is located adjacent to the University MTR Statin. It is a true 5 star hotel and is a refreshing urban resort in Hong Kong.

Standard Room   HK$1,120
  Inclusive of 1 daily breakfast HK$1,250
Inclusive of 2 daily breakfasts HK$1,380
Harbour View Room   HK$1,280
  Inclusive of 1 daily breakfast HK$1,410
  Inclusive of 2 daily breakfasts HK$1,540


Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin Book Now!

1 On Ping Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin is conveniently located in the Shatin area and features stylish rooms with tranquil views of the Shing Mun River. It is only 5 minutes walk from Shek Mun MTR Station.

City View Room HK$1,020
River View Room HK$1,220

Buffet breakfast at the MoMo Café is available for an additional HK$100+10% per day
Cut off date is 30 days prior to arrival date.

Alva Hotel by Royal Book Now!

1 Yuen Hong Street, Shatin, Hong Kong

Alva Hotel by Royal is a hotel in a unique riverside location in Shatin. It is the closest hotel to the venue (14 minute’s walk to the Hospital) and an 8 minute walk to Shek Mun Station.

Standard Room   HK$1,100 net
Inclusive of 1 daily breakfast HK$1,200 net

Cut off date is 30 days prior to arrival date.

General Information

Date and Venue
11-12 November 2023 (Saturday - Sunday)
Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Look on your Maps app for "Shaw Auditorium CUHK"
The hospital is well-served by public transport with a neighbouring bus station and MTR (light rail) station.

Official Language
The official language of the Conference is English.

Certificate of Attendance
Electronic Certificates of Attendance will be issued one week after the conference by email.

Liability and Insurance
The Organiser is not responsible for injury or damage involving persons and property during the Congress. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements for their medical, travel and personal insurance. Equipment and all related display materials installed by Exhibitors / Sponsors are not insured by the Organiser, and the Organiser under no circumstances will be liable for any loss, damage or destruction caused to equipment, goods or property belonging to Exhibitors/Sponsors.

Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that all aspects of the Conference as mentioned in this website will take place as scheduled, the Organising Committee reserves the right to make changes should the need arise.


Diamond Sponsor
Lumenis BE (HK) Limited

Gold Sponsors
Hong Wo Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd
PolyNovo Biomaterials Pty Ltd

Silver Sponsors
3M Hong Kong
Kingsung Medical Biotechnology (Hongkong) Co., Ltd
Mölnlycke Health Care
Paul Hartmann Asia-Pacific Ltd
RNAscene Biotech Pte. Ltd
Synergy Medical Supply Company Ltd

General Sponsors
Hercz Rehabilitation Technology Ltd
Johnson & Johnson (Hong Kong) Ltd
Pacific Medical Systems Ltd

About Hong Kong in November 2023
by Piera Chan. Co-Author of Lonely Planet Hong Kong

November is a wonderful month to visitHong Kong - the heat and humidity will have abated and there’s sunshine on most days. On top of that, a handful of key sights opened in the city between 2018 and 2021, and are just starting to come into their own in the post-Covid world, which makes your visit especially well-timed.

West Kowloon Cultural District
Hong Kong’s brand new 40-hectare West Kowloon Cultural District features two world-class museums, M+ Museum and the Palace Museum Hong Kong Branch, a Xiqu Centre devoted to the performance of Chinese operatic arts, lovely picknicable lawns by the harbour, excellent restaurants, and a bar with live music.

M+ Museum
The M+ Museum of visual culture, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is home to the M+ Sigg Collection, one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art (1970s - 2020s). The museum also hosts special exhibitions featuring the works of some of the world’s top artists such as, quite recently, Yayoi Kusama. Besides fine art, M+’s music arm Freespace runs a calendar of live music performances and festivals, from jazz to experimental, indoors and outdoors; as well as regular film screenings with a focus on Hong Kong cinema. And if you happen to be in town on Friday or Saturday night, you can have a drink and enjoy M+ - curated live music by some of Hong Kong’s top musicians at the chill Lau Bak Livehouse.

Palace Museum
Within walking distance of M+ is the Hong Kong Palace Museum which showcases 1000 artifacts on loan from Beijing’s Palace Museum. The relics range from bronzeware and painting to object d’art belonging to the emperors. At the time of writing, you need to book tickets for the HKPM online in advance. Do check for the latest policy closer to November.

Renovated Museum of Art
The Hong Kong Museum of Art right by Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui reopened during Covid after a four-year, $120-million makeover, which means, you may well be among the first overseas visitors to see its sophisticated new look and its new galleries. The highlights of HKMOA’s 12 galleries include modern and contemporary Hong Kong art and China trade art.

Tai Kwun & Central Market
Tai Kwun, which opened just before Covid, is a sprawling heritage, arts and retail hub located on the site of a Victorian-era (or Qing dynasty) three-in-one police station-magistracy-prison complex. The buildings are declared monuments with sleek extensions by Herzog & de Meuron. You can wander freely in over a dozen Neo-classical blocks to learn about the site’s beguiling history and check out the exhibitions, then take a breather in the al fresco restaurants and elegant teahouses on-site.

If you head to Tai Kwun via the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, you’ll likely pass by Central Market, a multi-storey retail complex reimagined from a 1930s Modernist fresh food market. The redeveloped market is delightful to visit and great for buying Hong Kong-themed souvenirs, grabbing a quick meal, or catching buskers in action.

Hong Kong is one of Asia’s top hiking destinations and autumn is the best time to explore the city’s stunning hills and country parks. Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories are crisscrossed by dozens of trails featuring all types of landscape – beaches and grottoes, volcanic rock formations, old villages and temples, and freshwater wetlands. They are searchable by distance, location, type, and level of difficulty on the government’s dedicated website. The majority of routes are within an hour’s travel-time from an urban settlement.

One stand-out is the High Island Trail in Sai Kung, which runs through the awe-inspiring UNESCO Global Geopark. You can venture out on your own since the route is part of the Maclehose Trail, but if time allows, do consider joining the half-day guided tour for a more in-depth understanding. With its sea caves, hexagonal volcanic columns, and the handsome East Dam of High Island Reservoir, this area gives you a taste of the 150 km² Geopark which also lays claim to wave-whipped islets, colourful sedimentary landform, wetlands teaming with life, and a 300-year-old Hakka village. The best way to experience more of the Geopark is by joining a boat tour.

Macau Grand Prix
If you like car-racing, it’s worth catching the octane-fueled Macau Grand Prix, very likely to resume taking place over two weekends this November, after a three-year hiatus. The annual mega-event sees the world’s top Formula 3, World Touring Car Cup (WTCC), and motorcycle racers competing along the challenging Guia Street circuit in the former Portuguese colony. After your conference in Shatin, head to the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and board the ferry to Macau. If time allows, have a good meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants - Macanese, Chinese, Portuguese or French, it’s your call. Then get ready for the action on Sunday. You can consider staying one or two more days in Macau, sightseeing, playing the tables, and enjoying more excellent meals.

Contact Us

Department of Surgery
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building
Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
E-mail: apssm2023@surgery.cuhk.edu.hk