• 2016-4-960

    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.

  • 2016-3-960

    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.

  • 2016-2-960

    3 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.

  • 2016-1-960

    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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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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