Consumers are satisfied with
soft-tissue filler treatments 92 percent of the time, a procedure they seek
more often from dermatologic surgeons than other providers, according to survey
data released by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
The first-ever ASDS
Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures asked more than 6,300
consumers for their opinions on cosmetic treatments in general and ratings for
10 specific procedures – from ultrasound/light treatments and body sculpting to
laser hair removal.
Although tied with the
highest overall satisfaction rating of the 10 categories (92 percent – with
wrinkle-relaxing injections), soft-tissue fillers received the highest “extremely
satisfied” rating (45 percent) from consumers. Another 47 percent said they
were “moderately satisfied.”
fillers add volume to facial creases and folds that have lost fat and collagen
through aging. Through a few tiny facial injections, skin is rejuvenated by
reducing or eliminating wrinkles, raising scar depressions, enhancing lips and
replacing soft-tissue volume loss.
types of fillers – each with its own specific purpose or purposes – are
available, including Juvederm (Allergan), Radiesse (Merz), Restylane/Perlane (Medicis) and Sculptra (Dermik).
While survey respondents
listed excess weight as their greatest cosmetic concern, more than half also
are bothered by conditions treatable with soft-tissue fillers – mid-face folds
and wrinkles, skin texture, sagging facial skin and lines and wrinkles around
ASDS members performed more
than 917,000 soft-tissue filler treatments in 2012, up 10.4 percent from the
nearly 831,000 treatments performed in 2011, according to the 2012 ASDS
Survey on Dermatologic Procedures.
“ASDS members have the
training and expertise that makes them the obvious choice for patients to
achieve the desired results with minimally invasive treatments,” said ASDS
President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “ASDS members are the skin experts.”
More than half of survey respondents
(53 percent) said they are considering soft-tissue fillers in the future. When
asked why they have not yet had a treatment, respondents listed cost (78
percent), concerns over not getting the desired results (32 percent) and
uncertainty about which practitioner to see (23 percent) as the most common
The 5 percent of survey
respondents who had soft-tissue fillers indicated that dermatologists were
their physician of choice and, of those, more than three out of five say their
treatment was performed by a dermatologic surgeon.
“As consumers become more interested in
cosmetic procedures such as soft-tissue fillers, they are increasingly turning
to ASDS members,” Dr. Flynn said. “Advances in technology have made many of
these procedures more affordable today than they have ever been.”
Consumers undergoing more than one cosmetic procedure rated soft-tissue
fillers (21 percent) as the procedure that gave them the second best result,
behind only wrinkle-relaxing injections (26 percent).