ASDS survey shows dermatologic surgeons keeping busy

July 14, 2015 by
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The results are in: Dermatologic surgeons continue to be the go-to authorities for numerous cosmetic procedures.

Recent survey results show ASDS members performed 6.4 million cosmetic procedures in 2014 – ranging from injectable wrinkle-relaxers and soft-tissue fillers to laser/light/energy-based procedures and body sculpting.

The top cosmetic treatments in 2014 were:
• Laser/light/energy-based procedures: 2.7 million
• Wrinkle-relaxing injections (such as Botox): 1.75 million
• Soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvederm): 1.01 million
Laser hair removal continued to rate among the fastest-growing procedures, registering more than 632,000 in 2014 for a 27 percent jump from last year and 51 percent spike since 2012.

“Lasers and other energy sources have become very good for many indications with minimal downtime and very little pain of the procedure,” said ASDS/ASDSA President George J. Hruza, MD, MBA. “Hair removal, tattoo removal, sun-damage repair, wrinkle and scar improvement, brown spot and broken blood vessel fading, fat reductions and skin tightening are all indications that can be effectively treated with laser and energy sources.”

Body sculpting treatments including cryolipolysis – commonly known as “fat-freezing” – have surged 53 percent since 2012.

The importance of turning to expertly trained physicians for cosmetic procedures was underscored with the FDA’s recent directive on soft-tissue fillers.


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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