• 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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 In response to a disturbing increase in patient complications due to cosmetic procedures at spas, salons and "walk-in" clinics performed by non-physicians, such as cosmetic nurse specialists, estheticians and LPNs, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) cautions consumers to beware. To help patients avoid infections, scarring and pigmentation disorders, ASDS offers the following tips:

Find a Dermatologic Surgeon


Make Sure Doctor Is On-Site.

If a procedure is not being performed by a physician, make sure that the supervising physician is physically present on-site, immediately available and able to respond promptly to any questions or problems that may occur while the procedure is being performed.

Ask Questions.

How many times has this person performed the procedure? Is the person, board-certified, licensed or otherwise qualified in cosmetic skin surgery? Has the procedure been performed on the part of the body on which you are having it done? Are there before and after pictures you can look at? Can you speak to someone who has had the procedure? Are there any side effects and, if so, what should you look for, and when should you be concerned?

Is This Laser Right For Skin Type?

Before undergoing laser or light-source hair removal or any skin rejuvenation procedure involving a laser or light-source, be sure to ask if the laser system is appropriate for your skin type, hair color, complexion and body area.


Ask For Test Patch.

If you have sensitive skin or are unsure about a specific procedure, ask for a test patch. It’s far easier to treat a complication on a small patch of skin than a large area.

Don’t Wait To Call.

If you experience pain, discomfort, or discoloration after a procedure, call your physician immediately.


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