ASDS: Interest in Cosmetic Surgery On the Rise


Nearly six in 10 individuals are considering a cosmetic medical procedure today, up 50 percent since 2013, according to the annual American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures.

And for the second year in a row, respondents are most concerned about excess weight on any part of their body (83 percent). More than 70 percent are bothered by lines and wrinkles around the eyes, excess fat under the chin/neck and skin and skin texture and/or discoloration, and close to 70 percent are bothered by wrinkles near the cheeks and mouth. The most popular procedures included ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments for skin tightening or wrinkle reduction, laser and light treatments for redness, tone and scars, body sculpting
 and laser hair removal, respectively.

Most were interested in cosmetic surgery “to feel more confident.”  Next up were wanting “to feel more attractive” and wanting to “look as young as I feel or better for my age,” the survey showed.

Six treatment categories achieved satisfaction ratings of 95 percent or better: injectable wrinkle-relaxers; laser and light treatments for redness, tone and scars; treatments to tighten skin or smooth wrinkles using ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency; vein treatments; microdermabrasion; and laser tattoo removal, the survey showed.

For the fourth year in a row, dermatologists ranked as the No. 1 of 14 factors influencing the decision to have a cosmetic procedure. Respondents also rated dermatologists as the physician of choice in eight of the 10 treatment categories.  The specialty in which the physician is board-certified, the level of the physician’s licensure and referral from a physician ranked as three of the four top factors influencing the selection of a doctor. The majority of respondents in all categories indicated their dermatologist is an ASDS member and majority of prospective patients in all treatment categories said they would consider an ASDS member for their procedure.

Data were obtained through a blind online survey conducted from April 20 to May 1 through the web-based Survata service. The survey received 7,322 responses.


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