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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Dermatologic Conditions and Dermatologic Surgery Procedures(2)

Fact Sheets

 ACNE SCAR REVISION

Millions of people suffer the ravages of acne scars long after adolescence has passed and the acne condition has faded. Likewise, chicken pox and other illnesses, as well as injuries, can produce scars that may cause self-consciousness and discomfort.

AGING AND SUN DAMAGED SKIN

Although it is not possible to turn back the hands of time, its effects can be dramatically slowed down and improved with the arsenal of procedures and techniques available to your dermatologic surgeon.

AMBULATORY PHLEBECTOMY

Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes superficial veins through small, slit-like incisions in the skin.

BLEPHAROPLASTY

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can restore a youthful appearance to the eye area. The upper and lower eyelids are lifted and loose or excess skin and fat tissue are removed from the eye area.

BOTULINUM TOXIN

Frown lines are the result of gathering or knitting the tissue between the eyebrows into a fold. These lines can be erased without surgery and without scars by a simple injection of botulinum toxin type A.

CHEMICAL PEEL

Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin which is typically performed on the face, neck or hands.

DERMABRASION

Dermabrasion mechanically removes or "sands" the skin to improve the contour and achieve a rejuvenated appearance as a new layer of remodeled skin replaces the damaged skin.

DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY

Dermatologic surgery (or dermatologic surgery) is the practice of dermatology that specializes in surgical procedures and minimally-invasive treatments to improve the health, function and appearance of your skin.

FACE LIFT

A face lift is a surgical procedure that can restore a youthful appearance to the neck, lower, and mid-face.

HAIR TRANSPLANTATION

Hair transplantation is a procedure in which hair is removed from permanent hair-bearing regions in the rim hair of balding individuals (the “donor” area) and transferred to bald or balding areas of the scalp (the “recipient” area).

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Laser hair removal utilizes beams of highly concentrated light designed to selectively penetrate into the hair follicles, to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles and to destroy the hair within that hair follicle.

LASER AND INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) APPLICATIONS

Different types of lasers and IPL are used to treat a variety of skin conditions, birthmarks and growths and cosmetic complaints.

LASER RESURFACING

Laser resurfacing to improve cosmetic flaws, such as wrinkles, acne scars, and aging and sun-damaged skin, is form of skin rejuvenation.

LIPOSUCTION

In the early 1980s, Dermatologic surgeons pioneered liposuction techniques to safely and effectively remove undesired fat from nearly all body areas, including the face, neck, chin, breast, back, arms, abdomen, hips, flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees and ankles.

LIVER SPOTS AND AGING HANDS

As people age, unsightly blemishes, commonly called liver spots, can appear on the face and on the back of the hands. Another upsetting change for many mature adults is the loss of smoothly contoured hands. Dermatologic surgeons can improve both of these distressing conditions safely and effectively with excellent results.

MICROLIPOINJECTION (OR FAT TRANSFER)

Sometimes referred to as fat transfer, this technique helps eliminate the hills and valleys associated with the aging face, as well as improve depressions resulting from injury, surgery or certain types of scarring.

PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY (PDT)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a procedure that uses a photosensitizing drug to apply light therapy selectively to target pre-skin cancer, acne and sun damage.

RETINOIDS

Synthetic derivatives of Vitamin A (retinoids) have been developed for the treatment of various skin conditions, such as severe acne, sun spots, wrinkles, psoriasis and skin cancer.

SKIN CANCER

Skin cancer is the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in a layer of the skin. One out of every five Americans will develop skin cancer over their lifetime, making it the most prevalent form of cancer. However, the majority of all skin cancers can be cured if detected and treated in time.

TATTOO REMOVAL

Most tattoos can be removed by a Dermatologic surgeon on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia.

TISSUE TIGHTENING

Tissue tightening is a non-invasive procedure meant to tighten and/or lift lax, sagging or wrinkled skin.

VEIN TREATMENTS

Dermatologic surgeons have a variety of methods for the treatment of spider and varicose veins.

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