Consumers prefer dermatologists over other physicians when seeking a cosmetic procedure and specifically choose dermatologic surgeons in nine of 10 treatment categories, according to survey data from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
The first-ever ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures asked more than 6,300 consumers in a blind online survey for their opinions on cosmetic treatments in general and ratings for 10 specific procedures – from wrinkle-relaxing injections and body sculpting to laser hair removal.
Consumers say they prefer dermatologists over other physicians for wrinkle-relaxing injections; injectable fillers; chemical peels; microdermabrasion; varicose and spider veins; laser hair and tattoo removal; and various ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments.
Only in body sculpting procedures did consumers list a preference for another medical specialty – in this case, plastic and cosmetic surgeons – over dermatologists. ASDS members, however, have pioneered and/or specialise in several minimally invasive body sculpting procedures such as tumescent liposuction, cryolipolysis and laserlipoysis.