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ASDS survey results demonstrate broad scope of practice for dermatologic surgeons

May 25, 2012, Rolling Meadows, Ill. – New statistics released today by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) demonstrate the broad scope of practice and breadth of experience for dermatologic surgeons. According to the survey completed by more than 500 members of the ASDS, nearly 8 million medically necessary and cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2011.

Dermatologic surgeons continue to be a leading provider for a diverse range of cosmetic and medical procedures among patients across the country. The top procedures performed in 2011 were:
• Skin cancer treatment (2,674,900 total procedures; 2,492,100 non-melanoma procedures)
• Injectable neuromodulators (1,218,547 total procedures; including 927,500 Botox procedures and 275,000 Dysport procedures)
• Laser/light procedures (1,599,400 total procedures; 378,230 facial redness and/or vessels procedures)
• Soft-tissue fillers (830,800 total procedures)
• Laser hair removal (488,100 procedures)

The majority of procedures were performed in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Louisiana.

“These findings show that dermatologic surgeons continue to be chosen for their unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin through both cosmetic and medically necessary procedures,” says Susan Weinkle, M.D., president of the ASDS. “There is no other physician with training and experience with our focus on the skin.”

First introduced in the U.S. by a dermatologic surgeon in 1991, BOTOX®, among other injectable neuromodulators, continues to be utilized by the majority of ASDS members. In fact, 81 percent of members performed more than 1.2 million injections with BOTOX and Dysport®.

“The use of injectable neuromodulators has led to an increase in patients visiting our practices,” said Dr. Weinkle. “Once in the office, they become educated on the breadth of treatment options we employ to restore and maintain the health and vitality of the skin and its underlying tissues.”

Other cosmetic procedures that have gained popularity include soft-tissue filler procedures, which were performed by 77 percent of ASDS members. The most common procedure performed was JUVÉDERM® (69 percent), followed by Restylane® (63 percent), RADIESSE® (51 percent) and Sculptra® (41 percent).

In addition, an estimated 1.6 million laser and light procedures were performed by 74 percent of members in 2011. The top laser and light procedures performed include: facial redness (378,230); liver spots, also called lentigines or lentigos (282,130); photo rejuvenation (248,200); and phototherapy (161,960). Members also performed nearly 100,000 tattoo removal and acne scar procedures (99,900).

“Thanks to research breakthroughs and clinical advances, dermatologic surgeons are able to recognize the special needs of skin through every stage of life and use a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical methods to treat patients,” says Dr. Weinkle.

Of the over 150,000 body sculpting procedures performed by ASDS members, non-invasive treatment of fat and cellulite was the most common with 74,000 procedures. Cryolipolysis accounted for 12 percent of body sculpting procedures for a total of 55,500 procedures, followed by tumescent liposuction with 18,500 procedures.

As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons have been able to demonstrate their commitment to skin cancer awareness and prevention, and their expertise in diagnosis and treatment. In fact, 93 percent of members performed skin cancer treatments, including 133,000 melanoma and 2.5 million non-melanoma treatments.

“ASDS members continue to see more and more patients with skin cancer; however it’s reassuring to know that we were able to help treat millions of patients to minimize the life-threatening and disfiguring effects of this disease,” states Dr. Weinkle.

About Procedural Survey Statistics
Data were collected for the 2011 experience and generalized to represent all ASDS members. The survey was conducted by Perception Solutions between January 18 and February 19, 2012. The survey link was administered via the web and fax to 3,700 practicing ASDS members. Survey results are reported based on 563 physicians or a 15 percent response rate.

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. Dermatologic surgeons are also experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit asds.net.

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