American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) member dermatologists performed more than 12.5 million medical and cosmetic procedures in 2018 – 7.5 percent more than 2017 and a 60 percent increase since 2012, according to the 2018 ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures
Skin cancer treatments are the most-performed procedure with more than 3.5 million treatments performed by ASDS members. Additionally, sun damage treatments were up 29 percent this year and a striking 63 percent in just two years.
ASDS members also performed nearly nine million cosmetic treatments in 2018, a more than seven percent increase over 2017. Body sculpting saw the largest increase up 43 percent from last year with more than 623,000 treatments, injectable soft-tissue fillers and laser/light/energy-based treatments grew 78 percent and 74 percent respectively in the last seven years.
In 2018, ASDS members performed:
- 3.4 million procedures using laser, light and energy-based devices
- 2.1 million neuromodulator injections
- 1.6 million soft-tissue filler injections
- 623,000 body-sculpting treatments
- 497,000 chemical peels
For body contouring procedures in 2018:
- Deoxycholic acid rose more than 43 percent.
- Microfocused ultrasound increased 38 percent.
- Tumescent liposuction grew 17 percent.
For 2018, wrinkles, sun damage and facial redness lead the types of conditions treated with laser or light-based device with more than 2.2 million treatments performed.
The survey also reported that there were more than 72,000 hair rejuvenation procedures such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Microneedling showed a 45 percent increase compared to 2017 data, with more than 262,000 treatments performed. Thread lifts are also increasing in popularity with nearly 33,000 procedures performed.