ASDS members report performing 22 percent more procedures in 2013

February 11, 2014 by
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2013 Procedures Survey ResultsASDS members performed nearly 22 percent more medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in 2013 than in 2012, with increases reported in every category – from skin cancer to body sculpting and wrinkle treatments.

The 2013 ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures, released Feb. 10, shows members performed nearly 9.5 million treatments – up from about 8 million in 2012.

“Patients trust dermatologic surgeons with the health, function and beauty of their skin,” said ASDS President Mitchel P. Goldman, MD. “We know our numbers are up significantly this year in part because our membership has grown, but the survey also shows patients continue to specifically seek out ASDS members for treatments. Consumers trust our expertise, our unique training and our wide-ranging experience with the best techniques and latest technologies.”

ASDS members are continuing the fight against skin cancer – having performed 3.04 million treatments in 2013, up 13 percent over 2012. This reflects continued concern for and awareness of this disease, plus members’ skill in diagnosis and treatment.

But patients also continued to seek out dermatologic surgeons for more than health concerns. ASDS members were the doctors of choice for millions of people who want to look their best and feel more confident about their appearance.

The survey reports the most popular cosmetic procedures for 2013 are:

  • Laser/light/energy-based procedures to address a variety of concerns, including skin rejuvenation, and removing age spots and tattoos: 2.25 million, up 34 percent over 2012
  • Wrinkle-relaxing injections (such as Botox): 1.8 million, up 20 percent
  • Soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvederm): 995,000 procedures, up 8.6 percent

The new member survey reflects the results of the 2013 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures, where respondents said their top cosmetic concern is excess weight. More than half also are bothered by wrinkles around the eyes, skin texture and/or discoloration, and sagging skin.

Treatments showing the largest rates of increase address those issues. Body sculpting techniques went up nearly 22 percent. Cryolipolysis comprised more than half of these procedures, and laserlipolysis procedures jumped 47 percent. Wrinkle-relaxing injections, soft-tissue fillers and laser/light/energy-based treatments all showed gains.

“Patients now know that cosmetic treatments are minimally invasive and most have little down time,” said Dr. Goldman. “Look at ‘fat-freezing,’ for example. Cryolipolysis usually takes only an hour and it’s non-invasive.

“And patients continue to flock to wrinkle-relaxing procedures. They’re incredibly popular and their positive word-of-mouth reputation feeds this demand. Consumers know these treatments are quick and easy and work wonders. They want to try it out for themselves.”

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ASDS is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of the skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons are also experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Visit ASDS at:

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