Survey: Consumers rate soft-tissue treatments tops; choose dermatologic surgeons most often
ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures
July 26, 2013, Rolling Meadows, Ill. – Consumers
are satisfied with soft-tissue filler treatments 92 percent of the time, a
procedure they seek more often from dermatologic surgeons than other providers,
according to survey data released by the American Society for Dermatologic
The first-ever ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic
Dermatologic Procedures asked more than 6,300 consumers for their opinions
on cosmetic treatments in general and ratings for 10 specific procedures – from
ultrasound/light treatments and body sculpting to laser hair removal.
Although tied with the highest overall satisfaction rating of the 10
categories (92 percent – with wrinkle-relaxing injections), soft-tissue fillers
received the highest “extremely satisfied” rating (45 percent) from consumers.
Another 47 percent said they were “moderately satisfied.”
Soft-tissue fillers add volume to facial creases and folds that have lost fat
and collagen through aging. Through a few tiny facial injections, skin is
rejuvenated by reducing or eliminating wrinkles, raising scar depressions,
enhancing lips and replacing soft-tissue volume loss.
Several types of fillers – each with its own specific purpose or purposes –
are available, including Juvederm (Allergan), Radiesse (Merz), Restylane/Perlane
(Medicis) and Sculptra (Dermik).
While survey respondents listed excess
weight as their greatest cosmetic concern, more than half also are bothered by
conditions treatable with soft-tissue fillers – mid-face folds and wrinkles,
skin texture, sagging facial skin and lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
ASDS members performed more than 917,000 soft-tissue filler treatments
in 2012, up 10.4 percent from the nearly 831,000 treatments performed in 2011,
according to the 2012
ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures.
“ASDS members have the
training and expertise that makes them the obvious choice for patients to
achieve the desired results with minimally invasive treatments,” said ASDS
President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “ASDS members are the skin experts.”
More than half of survey respondents (53 percent) said they are considering
soft-tissue fillers in the future. When asked why they have not yet had a
treatment, respondents listed cost (78 percent), concerns over not getting the
desired results (32 percent) and uncertainty about which practitioner to see (23
percent) as the most common reasons.
The 5 percent of survey
respondents who had soft-tissue fillers indicated that dermatologists were their
physician of choice and, of those, more than three out of five say their
treatment was performed by a dermatologic surgeon.
“As consumers become
more interested in cosmetic procedures such as soft-tissue fillers, they are
increasingly turning to ASDS members,” Dr. Flynn said. “Advances in technology
have made many of these procedures more affordable today than they have ever
Consumers undergoing more than one cosmetic procedure rated
soft-tissue fillers (21 percent) as the procedure that gave them the second best
result, behind only wrinkle-relaxing injections (26 percent).
About the ASDS
The American Society for Dermatologic
Surgery (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 fill 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. ASDS members also are experts in skin cancer prevention,
detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, ASDS members are
committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this
disease. For more information, visit asds.net.
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery