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Snapshot of 2012 Dermatologic Procedures

April 4, 2013

The 2012 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Survey on Dermatologic Procedures has found that dermatologic surgeons performed nearly 8 million medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in the US last year, nearly a 7% increase over 2011.
Among the top procedures performed were skin cancer treatments—2.69 million procedures, a 3.5% increase over 2011; laser/light procedures—1.68 million procedures, up 5.3%; neuromodulators (wrinkle-relaxing injections such as Botox)—1.49 million procedures, a 24.4% increase; and soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvederm)—nearly 917,000 procedures, up 10.4%.

Of the 1.49 million wrinkle-relaxing procedures performed in 2012, 1.09 million were Botox procedures (a 9% increase) and nearly 379,000 were Dysport procedures (a 37.8% increase), according to data crunched by the association.

Photorejuvenation, which uses intense pulsed light (IPL) or other thermal or chemical methods to treat some skin conditions and remove wrinkles, was the most common laser/light procedure, with ASDS members performing more than 438,000 in 2012, a 76.5% gain over 2011.
 

Wrinkle-relaxing injections like Botox and soft-tissue fillers like Juvederm were up in 2012, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
“As our population continues to age and people still continue to enjoy the sun without wearing appropriate sunscreen, sun damage will occur that will require treatment,” said ASDS president-elect Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D.

Other top laser/light procedures included facial redness and age spots (265,000 procedures). ASDS members also performed more than 86,000 acne scar procedures and nearly 63,000 tattoo removals.

Of the skin cancer treatments performed by ASDS members in 2012, nearly 130,000 were for melanoma—an 18% increase over 2011.

In 2012, ASDS members also performed more than 205,000 phototherapy procedures—up 26.8% over 2011—to treat pre-cancerous cells (actinic keratosis) as well as sun damage, acne and rosacea.

More info: www.asds.net
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