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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Due to the proliferation of spas, salons and walk-in clinics offering cosmetic procedures performed by non-physicians, ASDS has noted a significant increase in patient complications.

In response to this alarming national trend, ASDS has launched a campaign warning consumers that cosmetic treatments, such as those using lasers, high-tech light devices, chemical peels, soft tissue fillers, botulinum toxin and microdermabrasion techniques, are medical/surgical procedures that should be performed by a fully qualified physician or under the direct supervision of the physician.

The links below include news releases on the hazards of the non-physician practice of medicine; consumer safety tips; ASDS’ position statements as well as compelling photographs of patient complications. There are also links to articles on patient complications on several news websites.

The links are divided into two topics: Non-Physician Practice of Medicine and Office Safety.

Non-Physician Practice of Medicine
The following links relate to the risks of unsupervised non-physician practice of medicine - what to know, what to ask before you undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Office Safety 
The following links relate to Office Safety in cosmetic surgery. They contain recommendations to help you make good decisions about your cosmetic surgery options.

For questions or further information, contact Lisle Poulsen at lpoulsen@asds.net. 

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