2013 ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures
February 10, 2014, Rolling Meadows, Ill. – Dermatologic surgeons performed nearly 22
percent more medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in 2013 than the
previous year, according to statistics released today by the American Society
for Dermatologic Surgery.
ASDS members performed 9.5
million treatments, up from nearly 8 million in 2012. Increases were seen
across the board in all categories, including skin cancer treatments and a wide
range of cosmetic procedures.
Skin cancer once again topped the
list of procedures, reflecting continued concern for and awareness of this
disease. ASDS members performed 3.04 million skin cancer treatments in 2013, up
13 percent over 2012.
In increasing numbers, patients
also continued to see dermatologic surgeons for a wide range of cosmetic
“We’re not surprised to see such
a jump. From medical procedures to treat skin cancers to cosmetic procedures,
patients trust dermatologic surgeons with the health, function and beauty of
their skin,” said ASDS President Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D. “While we know our
numbers are up significantly this year in part because our membership has
grown, the survey shows patients also continue to specifically seek out
dermatologic surgeons for treatments. Consumers trust the expertise of ASDS
members, our unique training and our wide-ranging experience with the best
techniques and latest technologies.”
Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures
The top cosmetic treatments for 2013 are:
- Laser/light/energy-based procedures: 2.25 million, up 34 percent
- Wrinkle-relaxing injections (such as Botox): 1.8 million, up 20
- Soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvederm): 995,000 procedures, up 8.6
Procedures showing big increases
include a number of specific laser/light/energy-based treatments, including
laser resurfacing (up 85 percent); surgical scar removal (up 79 percent);
tissue tightening (up 75 percent); and tattoo removal (up 52 percent).
procedures jumped 53 percent as patients continue to recognize both the medical
and cosmetic benefits of the treatments.
“Our members offer a wide range
of minimally invasive procedures. Patients know they’ll look rejuvenated and
refreshed. They trust dermatologic surgeons with the overall health and beauty
of their skin,” Goldman said.
Popular Procedures Reflect Consumer Desires
In a new ASDS consumer cosmetic
survey conducted last year, respondents indicated excess weight is their top
cosmetic concern. More than half also said they are bothered by wrinkles around
the eyes, skin texture and/or discoloration, and sagging skin, according to the
ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures.
The member procedures survey
reflects these consumer concerns, Goldman said, as the treatments showing the
largest rates of increase address those issues. Body sculpting techniques saw a
nearly 22 percent increase. Cryolipolysis, commonly known as “fat-freezing,”
comprised more than half of these procedures. Laserlipolysis – which delivers
low-level laser energy under the skin to break up fat cells – jumped 47 percent
in one year. Wrinkles, skin texture and sagging skin can be treated with
wrinkle-relaxing injections, soft-tissue fillers and laser/light/energy-based
Laser hair removal notched a
nearly 46 percent increase as patients – ever mindful of safety and the level
of expertise of their practitioners – chose ASDS member dermatologists for this
Skin Cancer Still on the Rise
As the incidence of skin cancer
continues to rise, dermatologic surgeons continue to demonstrate their
commitment to skin cancer awareness and prevention as well as their expertise
in diagnosis and treatment.
Of the 3.04 million skin cancer
treatments performed by ASDS members in 2013, nearly 190,000 were for melanoma,
a 27 percent increase over 2012. Treatments for non-melanoma increased 12
“People are increasingly aware of
the need to have any new or suspicious lesions checked out,” said Goldman.
“We’re heartened to know we’ve been able to treat millions of patients to
minimize the life-threatening and disfiguring effects of the disease. ASDS
members continue to stress the benefits of screenings in addition to education
of physicians about recognizing skin cancers and when to refer cases to a dermatologic
About the Society’s Procedural Survey
Data were collected for the 2013
experience and generalized to represent all ASDS members. The survey was
conducted Jan. 2 to 24, 2014, for data reported in 2013. The survey link was sent to 3,926 practicing members.
Survey results are reported based on 943 physicians, or a 24 percent response
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 your 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 also are
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,
Beth Bales, Communications
American Society for Dermatologic