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Trends in Dermatology Show Skin Procedures Up Since 2000

Posted: October 29, 2009

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Tierney further explains, "Dermatologists have been integral to the rapid evolution of photomedicine, with the advances in laser and light devices to treat a diversity of skin conditions. These include actinic keratoses to nonmelanoma skin cancer, pigmentary and vascular disorders, hair and tattoo removal, wrinkles and other signs of photoaging. In addition, the popularity and growth in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, including botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, and nonablative skin rejuvenation techniques (chemical peels and laser, light, and radiofrequency devices) have increased exponentially."

The researchers anticipate that the role for the dermatologist in a diversity of surgical pursuits, ranging from skin cancer treatment, minimally invasive cosmetic, and laser procedures to complex cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, will continue to grow and expand and contribute to the quality and diversity of procedures performed.

Tierney was recently awarded a grant from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgeons to continue her research entitled "Comparative Analysis of Trends in Procedure Volumes in Dermatologic Surgery."

Adapted from materials provided by Boston University Medical Center, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS., Oct. 5, 2009