Almost 70% of consumers reported that they are considering a cosmetic procedure, according to survey results released by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
The ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures, a blind online survey, was conducted April 14 to May 1, 2017, through a web-based service and included 7,322 responses, according to a news release. The survey indicated that the percentage of consumers considering a cosmetic medical procedure has doubled since 2013.
“Cosmetic procedures continue to increase in popularity, much to the credit of technological advancement s made for minimally- and non-invasive techniques,” Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, ASDS president, stated in the release.
Data from the survey included ratings on 10 specific cosmetic treatment categories.
The top four treatments and percentage of consumers considering them included body sculpting (51%); ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments for wrinkles or tightening skin (57%); microdermabrasion (53%); and laser hair removal (47%), according to the release.
The top reason people reported for cosmetic procedures was “to feel more confident,” followed by “to look as young as I feel or better for my age” and to “feel more attractive.”
The top concern about their appearance was excess fat on any body part (85%), followed by lines and wrinkles around the eyes, excess fat under the chin and neck, and skin and skin texture and or discoloration (70% each), and wrinkles near the cheeks and mouth, sagging facial skin, and lines and wrinkles between the eyebrow, forehead and neck and chin (60% each).
Treatment categories including injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers, laser and light treatments for redness, tone and scars; treatments to tighten skin or smooth wrinkles using ultrasound; laser, light and radiofrequency; vein treatments; microdermabrasion; laser tattoo removal; and chemical peels received patient satisfaction ratings of 90% or higher.
The survey participants rated dermatologists as physician of choice in eight of the 10 categories, according to the release.
In factors influencing practitioner selection, the survey participants rated highly the choices involving physician expertise, ASDS reported.