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History of the Asian Facial Plastic Surgery Society (AFPSS)
 
On June 20th, 2009, 1st Asia Pacific Rhinoplasty Expert Forum (APREF) was held in Seoul, Korea. Invited experts from various countries discussed the necessity of founding regional scientific body or organization of facial plastic surgery in Asia.
 
1. The first meeting
 
The 1st meeting was held during lunch time at the conference room of Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, Korea on June 20 2009.
 
Members attending the meeting were as follows:
Cemal Cingi (Turkey)
Cesar Villarfuerte (Philippines)
Chae-Seo Rhee (Korea)
Choladhis Sinrachtanant (Thailand)
Chuan Hsiang Kao (Taiwan)
Dong-Young Kim (Korea)
Eduardo Yap (Philppines)
Edward Farrior (USA)
Hong Ryul Jin (Korea)
Hun-Jong Dhong (Korea)
Ignazio Tasca (Italy)
Jae-Goo Gang (Korea)
Le Hanh (Vietnam)
Ria Trimartani (Indonesia)
Stephen S. Park (USA)
Tae-Bin Won (Korea)
Terry Hung (Hong Kong)
Yong-Ju Jang (Korea)
Jufeng Fan (China)
 
In this meeting, Hong Ryul Jin presented two issues. One was the idea of founding Asia Pacific Facial Plastic Surgery Society (APFPSS). The other was including the previously formed Asian Rhinoplasty Academy (ARA) into the new, bigger society, APFPSS. After the proposal, all agreed that a representative society of our own is necessary to serve the needs to encourage friendship and facilitate communication among facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons in Asia. However, inclusion of ARA into this society was not decided because the founding members of the ARA (Yong Ju Jang, Ria Trimartani, Eduardo Yap, Chuan Hsiang Kao) requested more time to discuss this matter among them.
 
The first meeting
 
Members under discussion during the first meeting
 
Several issues were presented for discussion
 
2. The second meeting
 
The second meeting was held after the reception of 1st APREF at Fradia restaurant in Seoul, 20 June 2009. Eight participants of the meeting exchanged their frank opinions about the current issues. A group of people from Thailand were sitting at the next table to watch the historical meeting. The big issue was including the ARA into new society. The founding members of ARA expressed their opinion that they wanted to continue their ARA activity after discussion. Hot discussion continued among members about the new society, ARA and APREF.
Hong Ryul Jin strongly suggested the necessity of all Asian friends to unite under new bigger umbrella society to prevent dispersion and unite our activity. He appealed to the members painfully abandon the privilege of ARA or APREF to make a united society. After many discussions among members, they finally agreed to make a society called “Asian Facial Plastic Surgery Society (AFPSS)”. They decided not to use the term ARA and APREF anymore, and to unite them in the name of AFPSS. They decided to have the 1st congress of AFPSS in Indonesia, 2nd in Taiwan, 3rd in Philippines, 4th in Korea, 5th in Thailand, and 6th in Vietnam.
After reaching solutions to all important issues, they crossed the hands and took many group photos to commemorate this historical meeting.
 
The participants in the meeting were as follows:
Cesar Villarfuerte (Philippines)
Choladhis Sinrachtanant (Thailand)
Chuan Hsiang Kao (Taiwan)
Eduardo Yap (Philippines)
Hong Ryul Jin (Korea)
Le Hanh (Vietnam)
Ria Trimartani (Indonesia)
Yong-Ju Jang (Korea)
 
Founding members and the Thailand group in front of the riverside Fradia Restaurant, where the second meeting was held. It was raining outside.
 
3. The Third meeting
 
The third meeting was held during the lunch time at the conference room in Seoul National University Hospital, on June 21 2009.
 
The participants in the meeting were as follows:
Cemal Cingi (Turkey)
Cesar Villarfuerte (Philippines)
Chae-Seo Rhee (Korea)
Choladhis Sinrachtanant (Thailand)
Chuan Hsiang Kao (Taiwan)
Eduardo Yap (Philippines)
Edward Farrior (USA)
Hong Ryul Jin (Korea)
Ignazio Tasca (Italy)
Le Hanh (Vietnam)
Ria Trimartani (Indonesia)
Stephen S. Park (USA)
Terry Hung (Hong Kong)
Yong-Ju Jang (Korea)
 
They decided to found the AFPSS and made the bylaws regarding the society. Participants in this meeting from Asian countries were designated as founding members of AFPSS. Stephen Park, Edward Farrior, and Ignazio Tasca were designated as international advisors. They voted and elected Hong Ryul Jin as the first General Secretary of AFPSS by voting. The term of General Secretary was decided to be four years without reappointment. In this meeting, the Constitution and Bylaws of the AFPSS, which were drafted by Hong Ryul Jin, were approved. They decided and announced the countries for future congress of AFPSS.
Next congress held in Indonesia shall be the first AFPSS congress. Ria Trimartani was appointed as the president of 1st Congress of AFPSS.
 
Future AFPSS Congress will be held as follows:
1st AFPSS Congress - Indonesia 2010
2nd AFPSS Congress - Taiwan 2011
3rd AFPSS Congress - Philippines 2012
4th AFPSS Congress (with IFOS) - Korea 2013
5th AFPSS Congress - Thailand 2014
6th AFPSS Congress - Vietnam 2015
 
Members checking the newly established bylaws of AFPSS.
 
Dr. Jin and Dr. Jang listening to the members’ opinions
 
Dr. Rhee suggesting opinions about the foundation of AFPSS
 
Dr. Farrior who is the international advisor bringing forward his opinion
 
Members writing their signature confirming the foundation of AFPSS after electing Dr. Jin as the first General Secretary
 
Founding members and international advisors taking photograph in commemoration of the foundation of APFSS
 
The signatures of the founding members and the advisors signed at the 3rd meeting.