Mitchel P. Goldman, MD, President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Comments on Newly Released Survey Statistics

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Dr. Mitchel Goldman, Director of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego and President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, discusses the organizations statistical data for 2013, including an increase in patient treatments.

Dr. Mitchel Goldman

Tissue tightening, laser resurfacing, and the removal of surgical scars and tattoos showed increases between 75 and 90 percent.

President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Mitchel Goldman, commented today on statistical data released by the ASDS for data reported in 2013. The survey was conducted January 2 through 24, 2014 and was sent to 3,926 practicing members. Survey results were reported based on 943 physicians’ responses. The number of procedures rose 1.5 million from the previous year and increases were seen in all categories, including skin cancer treatments and a wide range of cosmetic procedures.

“Since skin cancer treatments increased 13% from 2012 and instances of the disease continues rise, patients need to stay vigilant about any suspicious lesions or changes in their skin,” Dr. Goldman said. “The new data highlights the importance of skin cancer awareness and prevention. Three million skin cancer treatments were performed by ASDS members in 2013, and nearly 190,000 were for melanoma, a 27% increase over 2012. Treatments for non-melanoma increased 12%.”

Another trend that the statistics revealed was a rise in non-surgical treatments. Some of the most popular treatments were laser-based procedures, such as surgical scar removal and tattoo removal. Wrinkle-relaxing injections, such as Botox, and soft-tissue fillers like Juvederm, were also among the top cosmetic procedures.

“Minimally invasive procedures that our members offer are often a perfect solution for patients,” Dr. Goldman explained. “Dermatologic surgeons use cutting-edge technology for medical as well as cosmetic purposes, such as removing wrinkles, age spots, and tattoos. In fact, tissue tightening, laser resurfacing, and the removal of surgical scars and tattoos showed increases between 75 and 90 percent.”

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery also conducted a consumer survey for the first time in 2013. Consumers’ top cosmetic concerns were excess weight, followed by lines and wrinkles around the eye. Consumers also said they were considering ultrasound, laser, light, and radiofrequency treatments to tighten skin and smooth wrinkles.

“The survey’s results accurately reflect consumer concerns,” Dr. Goldman explained. “Laser and light treatments increased almost 34 percent. Body sculpting treatments went up nearly 22 percent. Tissue tightening went up 75 percent and laser resurfacing increased 85 percent. With these treatments, patients receive rejuvenating results with very little downtime. They’re a logical options for many patients’ cosmetic desires and goals.”

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD, is a board certified dermatologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery with a distinctive insight into the performance of both aesthetic and medically necessary dermatologic treatments. As incoming president of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and director of the landmark Goldman, Butterwick, Fitzpatrick, Groff & Fabi: Cosmetic Laser Dermatology center in San Diego, Dr. Goldman strives to produce excellent patient care while utilizing the most advanced non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments available.

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