New ASDS Survey: 9.5 Million Treatments Performed in 2014

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Rolling Meadows, Ill. (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Dermatologic surgeons performed nearly 9.5 million medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in 2014, according to survey results released today by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

With increases in skin cancer treatments and several cosmetic categories, 2014 totals were 21 percent higher than two years ago but remained steady overall compared to 2013 figures.

For the fourth year in a row, skin cancer treatments ranked as the most-performed procedure (3.08 million) by ASDS members – confirming both the growing incidence of the disease as well as member expertise of its treatment.

Dermatologic surgeons in 2014 also performed 6.4 million cosmetic treatments – ranging from injectable wrinkle-relaxers and soft-tissue fillers to laser/light/energy-based procedures and body sculpting.

“Sustained growth in a wide range of procedures performed by ASDS members provides evidence of the public’s recognition that we are the experts in the health, function and beauty of the skin,” said ASDS President George J. Hruza, MD, MBA. “ASDS members are trained in the best techniques and latest technologies to provide patients the top-notch care they deserve.”

Most popular cosmetic procedures

The top cosmetic treatments in 2014 were:

Laser/light/energy-based procedures: 2.06 million
Wrinkle-relaxing injections (such as Botox): 1.75 million
Soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvederm): 1.01 million

Laser hair removal continued to rate among the fastest-growing procedures, registering more than 632,000 in 2014 for a 27 percent jump from last year and 51 percent spike since 2012.

“Consumers interested in laser hair removal treatments have become increasingly aware that the safest, most effective way to achieve their desired outcome is by seeing a board-certified dermatologist,” Hruza said.

ASDS members are experts in minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that are reflective of consumer concerns. Respondents to the 2015 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures indicated for the third year in a row that excess weight is their top cosmetic concern. Body sculpting treatments including cryolipolysis – commonly known as “fat-freezing” – have surged 53 percent since 2012 to 208,000 in 2014.

More than half of consumers also reported they are bothered by wrinkles around the eyes and on other areas of the face; skin texture and/or discoloration; and sagging skin. Those concerns are successfully addressed with wrinkle-relaxing injections, soft-tissue fillers, a variety of laser/light devices and chemical peels.

Skin cancer still tops list of procedures

As skin cancer rates continue to rise, dermatologic surgeons provide expert diagnosis and treatment while remaining committed to educating the public about prevention methods.

Of the 3.08 million skin cancer procedures performed by ASDS members in 2014, 207,000 were for melanoma, a 9 percent increase over 2013. Treatments for non-melanoma also increased slightly.

ASDS is at the forefront of researching the best treatments for skin cancer. Earlier this month, an ASDS Board-appointed expert group of dermatologic surgeons released the first-ever consensus recommendations for the treatment and management of basal cell carcinoma, the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer.

The ASDS panel agreed that surgical approaches typically provide the best outcomes, with Mohs Micrographic Surgery recommended as the “treatment of choice” – taking into consideration cure rates, recurrence rates, aesthetic and functional outcomes, and cost effectiveness.

“The comprehensive approach ASDS members take toward the management and prevention of skin cancer – from offering patients the most advanced treatment options to promoting sun-safe behavior and screenings – speaks to the collective resolve of our membership,” Hruza said. “A diagnosis of skin cancer can be a frightening time in people’s lives, but patients understand they can count on ASDS members to effectively guide them through the treatment process.”

About the Society’s Procedural Survey Statistics

Data were collected for the 2014 experience and generalized to represent all ASDS members. The survey was conducted Jan. 2 to Feb. 6, 2015, for data reported in 2014. The survey link was sent to 3,980 practicing members. Survey results are reported based on 826 physicians, or a 21 percent response rate.

About ASDS

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin. ASDS members are pioneers in the field. Many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit

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Jay Schwab

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Dr Barbara Kubicka Announces Innovative Treatments for Summer Skin Problems

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

London (PRWEB UK) 22 May 2015

Leading London Aesthetic Physician, Dr Barbara Kubicka MD at ClinicBe, announces innovative skin treatments for dealing with summer skin problems, helping patients to look better and feel more confident in their appearance too.

As the early summers starts to unfold, many clients are caught out by the change in seasons and delayering of clothing, which can trigger or expose new or forgotten skin problems. Dr Barbara Kubicka MD , CIME/ICAM, MBCAM, the Aesthetic Physician behind ClinicBe (London) explains:

“The influence of the weather on the appearance of the skin is immense in the UK, where the climate changes radically between the seasons, bringing changes in humidity and UV exposure as well as temperature. The weather pattern is inconsistent – hot one day, cold and rainy the next – and this can all take its toll on the skin. Yet as the summer progresses, people naturally want to bare their skin more and are concerned about the appearance of any problems or issues.”

“Innovative use of modern aesthetic medicine offers new options for treating summer skin problems, helping patients to look good and feel confident in the warmer months.”

The first suggestion on Dr Kubicka’s list is treatment to stop the ageing appearance of lines around the eyes and on the forehead which naturally happens as people squint in brighter sunshine. Dr Kubicka says:

“It’s a problem that many patients mention in the summer months, as they feel more aware of the lines and wrinkles that are developing and concerned about them getting worse with the involuntary facial movements caused by bright sun light. Cosmetic injections are an excellent solution to this problem. The idea isn’t to stop the squinting movement itself, which is the body’s natural defence to protect the eyes. Rather the objective is to relax the associated movements which cause lines to appear, which has the longer term benefit of impairing the repeated movements which can cause the lines to get worse.”

A second suggestion is to manage the natural problem of sweating, which some people find more difficult to manage than others. The condition of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis affects a great many people, causing uncomfortable and visible levels of sweat, which can appear as damp patches on clothing and might even have an odour.

Dr Barbara Kubicka explains:

“In a work environment or for a big social occasion, hyperhidrosis can be very embarrassing and difficult, as stressful situations make it even more obvious. Hyperhidrosis injections are now much better known and a very popular option among men and women from all walks of life. They are a non-invasive option which will simply dry up the sweat for months at a time.”

Finally, Dr Kubicka suggests an innovative solution to the problem of hard, dry and cracked foot skin, which is uncomfortable as well as unsightly when exposed with bare feet. Taking the idea of handheld exfoliating devices a step further, Dr Kubicka offers a chemical peel to break down the outer layers of hard dead skin, kick-starting a peeling process which then encourages new skin cells to form. This treatment can be very helpful in recovering healthier skin for the feet.

Dr Kubicka concludes:

“As an aesthetic professional, I find this industry incredibly exciting. We are constantly finding more uses for the techniques and treatments which enable us to treat more conditions, helping our patients to look good and feel good too.”

ClinicBe® is conveniently situated on the border of Belgravia/Knightsbridge and is popular with patients living or working in the West London area, including Chelsea, Kensington and Mayfair although patients also travel from across the UK and even overseas to visit Dr Kubicka. The clinic offers an extensive range of cosmetic, cosmetology and medical skin treatments.

Dr Barbara Kubicka MD, CIME/ICAM, MBCAM leads the clinic as a fully qualified doctor, registered with the GMC and with additional qualifications in aesthetic treatments from the world-renowned College de International de Medicine Esthetique in Paris. She is renowned for her integrated, holistic approach to skin and healthcare as well as her innovative approach to skin treatments including her creation of a number of exclusive treatments.

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Los Angeles Periodontist, Dr. Sharyar Baradaran, Now Offers Comprehensive Treatments to Correct Gummy Smiles

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 27, 2015

Los Angeles gummy smile doctor, Dr. Sharyar Baradaran, is now offering comprehensive gummy smile treatments. “Some people have too much gum tissue and very short teeth,” Dr. Baradaran explains, “It is a purely cosmetic issue that can happen to anyone.” Gummy smile treatments can eliminate the unnecessary tissues and expose more of the natural tooth structure for a more balanced smile. They can also be used to reshape the underlying bone and create a more harmonious facial shape.

Dr. Baradaran offers several gummy smile treatments, including:

    Gum reshaping
    Crown lengthening
    Lip lowering
    Jaw surgery

Gingival pigmentation removal is available for cosmetic gum lightening. This is often needed in patients with naturally dark or stained gums. Dr. Baradaran, Los Angeles gum lift expert, customizes treatments according to the patients’ needs. According to him, “Quite often, we also have to contour and sculpt the bone underneath slightly. Sometimes it is a soft tissue situation, but there also could be too much bone … if one makes the mistake of not sculpting the underlying bone where it needs to be contoured, the tissue has a memory, and some of it will return.” Dr. Baradaran also offers treatments for patients with periodontal disease, including both surgical and nonsurgical therapies, including scaling and root planing, gum grafts, bone grafts and dental implants.

“I do not see 50 patients a day. I only book one patient at a time … Quality versus quantity is what I strive for every day.” He offers boutique service that provides patients with the one-on-one care they need to achieve optimal results. Some patients may benefit from both cosmetic and restorative treatments. Each patient is given personalized care and provided with recommendations specific to their situation and needs. Financing options may also be available for qualified patients.

About Dr. Baradaran, Periodontist Los Angeles

Dr. Baradaran received both his DDS and a master’s in oral biology before enrolling in Oregon Health Sciences University to complete his periodontics residency. He worked closely with his mentor and other dental professionals and completed about 100 dental implants and other periodontal surgeries during his post-graduate residency. Today, he is proud to offer a boutique setting that provides patients with superior care in a luxurious setting.

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