ASDS Annual Survey Reveals Increase in Cosmetic and Skin Cancer Treatments

Cosmetic Procedures Up

There was a 7.5 percent increase in demand for cosmetic procedures in 2018, according to the results of the 2018 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) member survey, and a 60 percent increase since 2012. ASDS members performed 3.5 million skin cancer treatments and nearly nine million cosmetic treatments last year.

The top cosmetic treatments in 2018 were:

  • Laser, light and energy-based device treatments (3.4 million)
  • Neuromodulators (2.1 million)
  • Soft tissue fillers (1.6 million)
  • Nonsurgical body sculpting (623,000)
  • Chemical peels (497,000)

The survey also reported increases in requests for hair rejuvenation using platelet-rich plasma (72,000 procedures) and microneedling (262,000 procedures). “The coupling of scientific research and technology are driving innovative options for consumers seeking noninvasive cosmetic treatments,” said Murad Alam, MD, president of ASDS. “From skin cancer treatments to cosmetic procedures, patients continue to entrust ASDS members with their skin health and beauty needs.”

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