New Survey Shows 22% Spike in Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Procedures in 2013

According to statistics recently released by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), medically necessary and cosmetic procedures were performed by dermatologic surgeons 22% more in 2013 than they were in 2012. Within the survey, many procedures and treatments performed at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta topped the list.

In fact, the survey reports increases were seen across the board, including liposuction, chemical peels, wrinkle injections and more.

laser skin resurfacing in atlanta georgia (2)Increasing 13% from 2012 but remaining the leading procedures, skin cancer treatments were the most widely performed surgery by dermatologic surgeons. ASDS members performed 3.04 million skin cancer treatments in 2013. Of these, nearly 190,000 were for melanoma, a 27% jump over 2012. Treatments for non-melanoma cancers heightened by 12%. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most prevalent of all types of cancers. It is estimated that more than one million Americans develop skin cancer every year. At DAA, our board-certified dermatologists diagnose and treat skin cancer with various treatments, including photodynamic therapy (PDT), topical chemotherapy, cryosurgery, Mohs surgery, and laser treatments. We also perform skin cancer body checks to evaluate sun-exposed areas of skin as well as any areas of concern to look for questionable spots.

The top cosmetic procedures for 2013 were as follows:

  • ♦   Laser/light/energy-based procedures (laser resurfacing and tattoo removal), 34% increase
  • ♦   Wrinkle-relaxing injections (such as Botox® and Dysport®), 20% increase
  • ♦   Soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvéderm), 8.6% increase

With our new PicoSure™ for tattoo removal equipment, Dermatology’s Associates of Atlanta’s Laser Institute is a leader in Georgia for tattoo removal technology and expertise. Another treatment with a significant increase in popularity is vein treatment/sclerotherapy, which jumped 53%. At DAA’s Atlanta Center for Veins, we perform a variety of vein treatments, including the aforementioned sclerotherapy, Veinwave™ for vein elimination, laser vein removal, and FotoFacial RF®, which uses intense pulsed light (IPL).

DAA is honored to offer our patients a wide range of both medically-necessary and cosmetic treatments. If you are interested in a procedure from one of our highly-skilled providers, please call us today. Don’t forget to connect with DAA on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest skincare news.