Facial rejuvenation top cosmetic treatments: survey

April 3, 2014 by
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12788075_mlThese days, dermatologic surgeons have plenty of techniques at the ready to easily smooth wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin and get rid of those unsightly leg veins. And a new survey finds that consumers are increasingly taking advantage of this expertise.

Members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery performed nearly 6.5 million cosmetic treatments last year, up 25 percent over the previous year, according to the 2013 ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures.

Patients in large numbers are seeking wrinkle-relaxers and soft-tissue fillers to refresh and rejuvenate their faces. Those treatments led the list of cosmetic treatments in both 2013 and 2012.

ASDS member dermatologists performed 1.8 million wrinkle-relaxing treatments using Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. That number increased 20 percent over 2012.

Patients also want to soften facial creases and add fullness/volume to the lower portion of the face using soft-tissue fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Sculptra and Belotero. ASDS members performed 995,000 such procedures in 2013, an increase of nearly 9 percent.

Besides being the most popular treatments over the past two years, wrinkle-relaxers and fillers also earn high marks from patients. Both received top satisfaction ratings – 92 percent each – from the public in the 2013 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures.

Other cosmetic treatments seeing double-digit percentage increases in 2013 include laserlipolysis, birthmark treatments, laser resurfacing, scar removal, tissue tightening, vein treatments, laser tattoo removals, age spots, laser hair removal, laser/light facial redness treatments, phototherapy and liposuction.

ASDS members saw increases in all categories of treatments, including body sculpting and laser/light/energy-based procedures, said ASDS President Mitchel P. Goldman, MD.

A number of factors are at play, he said, including advanced techniques in cutting-edge technologies, an improving economy and consumers’ increased comfort level with cosmetic procedures, he said.

“Our members offer a wide range of minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures to help people look and feel their best,” he said. “Whether it’s eliminating stubborn fat via laserlipolysis, or having a rejuvenated and refreshed face to present to themselves and the world, people trust dermatologic surgeons with the overall health and beauty of their skin.”

More information is available online about cosmetic treatments and the ASDS survey results.


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: http://www.asds.net

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