The 5th ESLAS meeting was held in conjunction with the 7th AREDEP meeting in Paris, France, in the Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital under the able Chair of Dr Isabelle Catoni, May 24th-26th 2002. This was a wonderful event, salvaging the ESLAS meeting from the problems caused by the September 11 2001 terrorist attack. Ten round table session were shared between the two groups, and it was very interesting to see the dermatologists learning from the plastic aesthetic surgeons, and vice versa. Parallel sessions allowed free papers also to be delivered. The final day saw a very ambitious programme of live surgery, telecast live to the hospital auditorium from three operating theatres. With the social programme on board a péniche moored at the banks of the Seine the entire experience was wonderfully rounded off.