Consumers are satisfied with wrinkle-relaxing
injections 92 percent of the time, a procedure they seek more often from dermatologic
surgeons than other providers, according to survey data released by the American
Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
The first-ever ASDS
Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures asked more than 6,300
consumers for their opinions on cosmetic treatments in general and ratings for
10 specific procedures – from ultrasound/light treatments and body sculpting to
laser hair removal.
tied with soft-tissue treatments for the highest overall satisfaction rating
(92 percent) of the 10 treatment categories. Of the consumers who were
satisfied with their wrinkle-relaxing injections, 38 percent said they were
“extremely satisfied,” while 54 percent said they were “moderately satisfied.”
injections can dramatically soften facial expression lines, frown lines and
crow’s feet with effects lasting from three to six months. The injections relax
and re-educate the muscles, smoothing out wrinkles in a quick
procedure with minimal discomfort. Wrinkle-relaxing injections also may be used
in combination with other cosmetic procedures – such as soft-tissue fillers and
chemical peels – to help reduce or smooth wrinkles.
Three types of botulinum
toxin A – also called neuromodulators – are available: Botox (Allergan),
Dysport (Medicis) and Xeomin (Merz).
While consumers listed excess
weight as their greatest cosmetic concern, more than half also are bothered by conditions
treatable with wrinkle-relaxing injections – mid-face folds and wrinkles; lines
and wrinkles around the eyes; lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows; and
forehead lines and wrinkles.
ASDS members performed nearly
1.5 million wrinkle-relaxing injections in 2012, almost a 25 percent increase
from the 1.2 million treatments performed in 2011, according to the 2012
ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures.
“The emergence and efficacy
of wrinkle-relaxing injections has made them a very popular procedure for
consumers,” said ASDS President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D. “Treatment breakthroughs
– many spearheaded by ASDS members – have made these procedures popular and
Nearly 60 percent of survey respondents said they
were considering wrinkle-relaxing injections in the future. When asked why they
had not yet had a treatment, respondents listed cost (80 percent), concerns
over not getting the desired results (36 percent) and recovery time (33
percent) as the most common reasons.
The 9 percent of survey respondents who have undergone wrinkle-relaxing
injections indicated that dermatologists were their physicians of choice and,
of those, more than two out of three say their treatment was performed by a
“ASDS members are the obvious choice for patients for both cosmetic and
medically necessary procedures because we are the skin experts,” Dr. Flynn
said. “Not only are these procedures more affordable and available today than
they have ever been before, but many require very little – if any – recovery
Consumers undergoing more than one cosmetic procedure listed
wrinkle-relaxing injections (26 percent) as the procedure that gave them the
best results, followed by soft-tissue fillers (21 percent).