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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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 In response to a disturbing increase in patient complications due to cosmetic procedures at spas, salons and "walk-in" clinics performed by non-physicians, such as cosmetic nurse specialists, estheticians and LPNs, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) cautions consumers to beware. To help patients avoid infections, scarring and pigmentation disorders, ASDS offers the following tips:

Find a Dermatologic Surgeon


Make Sure Doctor Is On-Site.

If a procedure is not being performed by a physician, make sure that the supervising physician is physically present on-site, immediately available and able to respond promptly to any questions or problems that may occur while the procedure is being performed.

Ask Questions.

How many times has this person performed the procedure? Is the person, board-certified, licensed or otherwise qualified in cosmetic skin surgery? Has the procedure been performed on the part of the body on which you are having it done? Are there before and after pictures you can look at? Can you speak to someone who has had the procedure? Are there any side effects and, if so, what should you look for, and when should you be concerned?

Is This Laser Right For Skin Type?

Before undergoing laser or light-source hair removal or any skin rejuvenation procedure involving a laser or light-source, be sure to ask if the laser system is appropriate for your skin type, hair color, complexion and body area.


Ask For Test Patch.

If you have sensitive skin or are unsure about a specific procedure, ask for a test patch. It’s far easier to treat a complication on a small patch of skin than a large area.

Don’t Wait To Call.

If you experience pain, discomfort, or discoloration after a procedure, call your physician immediately.


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