2015 ASDS Consumer Survey InfographicThe single most important factor for choosing a cosmetic doctor is board certification, according to new consumer survey data from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

The specialty that the physician is board-certified in is now more significant than cost and physician referral, the new survey showed.

The 2015 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures also found that intrinsic motivations drive the decision to undergo aesthetic procedures.

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For the third straight year, the leading factors for pursuing treatments are the desire to “look as young as I feel or better for my age,” “appear more attractive,” and “feel more confident,” the survey showed.

The top four procedures respondents are considering include:

  • Ultrasound, laser, light, and radiofrequency treatments for skin tightening or treating wrinkles, 66%
  • Laser hair removal, 55%
  • Microdermabrasion, 53%
  • Laser and light treatments to reduce facial redness or improve skin tone or scars, 51%

Fully half of all consumers were considering a cosmetic treatment, and their top concerns include:

  • Excess weight, 88%
  • Skin texture and/or discoloration, 72%
  • Lines and wrinkles around and under the eyes, 69%
  • Excess fat under the chin/neck, 67%
  • Sagging facial skin, 67%

Patients give high satisfaction ratings to injectable wrinkle treatments and injectable filler treatments—the two procedures most frequently performed by ASDS members in 2014, according to the Society’s member procedures survey.

About the Survey

Survey data were obtained through a blind online survey conducted from April 30 to May 4 through the web-based Contribute service. The survey received 7,315 responses.