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September 18, 2013 by
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Did you know that microdermabrasion treatments, wrinkle-relaxing injections, chemical peels and laser/light procedures rank as the top four cosmetic treatments that consumers seek?

This and other findings of the 2013 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures –a blind online survey of more than 6,300 consumers asked for opinions on cosmetic treatments in general and ratings for 10 specific procedures – reveal several interesting trends in non-invasive cosmetic procedures.American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Timothy C. Flynn, M.D., president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, says he isn’t surprised that these four procedures are the top choices of consumers.

“These are four of the initial non-invasive procedures used by dermatologic surgeons to slow the skin’s aging process,” Dr. Flynn says.

Consumers are seeking microdermabrasion treatments – where tiny exfoliating crystals are sprayed on the face to refresh skin tone and treat age spots – more than any other procedure. And not only are four out of five satisfied with their microdermabrasion results, but half of survey respondents who have never had the rejuvenation procedure say they are considering it.

Wrinkle-relaxing injections – where neuromodulators smooth selected facial muscles – rank as the next-most-popular treatment. With results that can last up to four months and sometimes longer, 92 percent of consumers say they are satisfied with the procedure – the highest satisfaction rating among all 10 categories.

“The popularity of wrinkle-relaxing injections is growing rapidly. ASDS member dermatologists last year performed 1.5 million neuromodulator treatments – a 25 percent jump over the previous year,” Dr. Flynn says. “These numbers should continue to increase as three out of five survey respondents say they are considering a wrinkle-relaxing injection.”

The next most popular treatment, chemical peels, earns an 86 percent satisfaction rating from consumers. Chemical peels use a solution that removes the outer layer of facial skin to provide a refreshed, smoother look. Nearly half of the survey respondents say they are considering undergoing a chemical peel in the future.

Many consumers also are choosing laser/light procedures to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes and pigmentation through the use of direct, short, concentrated, pulsating light beams. Nearly two-thirds say they are considering having a laser/light procedure, and four out of five who underwent a treatment say they are satisfied with the results.

The popularity of laser/light treatments has been steadily increasing. ASDS members performed nearly 1.7 million laser/light procedures in 2012 – a 5 percent increase.

“Patients are seeking the expertise of ASDS member dermatologists when they are considering surgical or non-invasive cosmetic procedures,” Dr. Flynn says. “ASDS members can guide patients through the full spectrum of available cosmetic treatments. We are the skin experts.”

Find an ASDS member dermatologic surgeon in your area here.


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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