According to a new survey from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), dermatologists performed nearly 10 million medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in 2015.

This number reflects a 5% increase from 2014 and a 27% increase from 2012, as well as an annual increase in skin cancer treatments and the growing popularity of soft-tissue fillers and body sculpting procedures, per a media release from ASDS.

Skin cancer treatments were the most-performed procedures for the fourth year in a row, with ASDS members reporting a total of 3.17 million procedures performed. In addition, melanoma treatment procedures rose 5% from 2014.

ASDS members also performed 6.7 million cosmetic treatments in 2015 – with the largest year-to-year growth seen in soft-tissue fillers (35%) and body sculpting (11%), according to the release.

Most Popular Cosmetic Treatments in 2015

  • Laser-, light- and energy-based procedures to treat skin conditions (2.62 million)
  • Injectable muscle relaxers to smooth fine lines on the face (1.79 million)
  • Soft tissue fillers to plump skin, lips and depressed scars (1.36 million)
  • Chemical peels designed to reveal smoother skin (596,000)
  • Body-sculpting treatments (230,000)

“ASDS members are trained in the latest technologies and best techniques in a wide range of minimally invasive options to provide patients with the first-rate care they deserve and expect,” Naomi Lawrence, ASDS president, says in the release.

“With the growing popularity of noninvasive cosmetic treatments, this pioneering research can help consumers decide which specialist might be the optimal provider of a certain procedure,” Lawrence adds.

[Source(s): American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, PR Newswire]