By a substantial margin,
consumers are bothered by excess body weight more than any other cosmetic
condition, according to survey data from the American Society for Dermatologic
More than four out of five
consumers say excess weight is their greatest cosmetic concern, more than lines
and wrinkles around the eyes, skin texture/color or a half dozen other
conditions, according to the 2013 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic
Dermatologic Procedures. The blind online survey of 6,300 consumers asked
for opinions on cosmetic treatments in general and ratings for 10 specific
Fortunately, excess body fat is
treatable with several nonsurgical or minimally invasive body sculpting
procedures that ASDS members have pioneered and/or specialize in, including:
- Tumescent liposuction – the use of local
anesthesia in large volumes of subcutaneous fat, allowing liposuction to be performed
safely in an office setting.
- Cryolipolysis – the cooling of body fat to break down fat cells.
- Laserlipolysis – a procedure for the removal of stubborn pockets of fat such as
saddlebags, love handles and double chins.
body fat is a leading concern for our patients for health as well as beauty
reasons,” said ASDS President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “ASDS member dermatologic
surgeons have been at the forefront of this battle by pioneering and perfecting minimally invasive body
sculpting techniques such as tumescent liposuction.”
Lines and wrinkles around the
eyes rank next on the list with more than three out of five saying the
condition troubles them. ASDS members specialize in the top treatments available
for these lines and wrinkles, including:
- Wrinkle-relaxing injections – the use of Botox, Dysport and other neuromodulators to smooth lines and deep wrinkles.
- Soft-tissue fillers – the use of Juvederm, Restylane and other injectable
fillers to erase lines by filling and plumping furrows and hollows in the
- Chemical peels – the removal of outer skin layers, allowing the regeneration of fresh
wrinkles around the eyes are not only common concerns but easily correctable
ones with the right procedure and the right doctor,” Dr. Flynn said. “Consumers
not only choose dermatologic surgeons most often to perform their
wrinkle-relaxing and soft-tissue filler injections, but also report a 92
percent satisfaction rate – the highest in the survey – for the procedure
ASDS members performed 1.5 million neuromodulator treatments (a nearly 25
percent increase over the previous year) and 916,000 soft-tissue filler
procedures (a 10 percent increase).
Skin texture/color is the
next biggest cosmetic worry with three out of five consumers saying the
condition bothers them and two out of three considering a procedure to treat
it. ASDS member dermatologists specialize in several laser/light procedures
that treat skin texture and color – performing nearly 1.7 million of the
procedures in 2012 – including:
- Photorejuvenation – the use of intense pulsed light or other thermal or chemical methods to treat some skin conditions and remove wrinkles.
- Microdermabrasion – the application of tiny
rough particles to the skin to remove the uppermost layer, allowing new skin
cells to surface.
- Photo therapy – the use of ultraviolet light
to treat various skin conditions.
- Laser resurfacing – the removal of outer skin layers, allowing newer cells to
“When patients consider cosmetic procedures, they seek out the skin
experts – ASDS member dermatologists,” Dr. Flynn said. “ASDS members are
trained and experienced in the wide spectrum of available cosmetic treatments.”
Survey respondents indicated that
acne scars (24 percent) is the cosmetic condition that least bothers them
followed by hair loss (41 percent).