Cosmetic Laser Treatments by Dermatologists in Kent?

Are we also seeing an increase in Cosmetic and Laser treatments in Kent?

The latest figures for procedures performed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) for 2012 have just been released and make interesting reading.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest organisation of board-certified plastic surgeons, representing more than 7,000 members, and comprising more than 94% of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States.

According to statistics released by the ASPS, 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2012, up 5% since 2011. In addition, 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 1%.

Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased 6%, with more than 13 million procedures in 2012. The top five minimally-invasive procedures were:

· _Botulinum toxin type A (6.1 million procedures, up 8%)

· _Soft tissue fillers (2 million procedures, up 5%)

· _Chemical peel (1.1 million procedures, up 2%)

· _Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, up 4%)

· _Microdermabrasion (974,000 procedures, up 8%)

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organisation exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of your skin.

Our Consultant Dermatologist, Dr. Mark. J. Hudson-Peacock is a GMC registered Dermatologic Surgeon in Kent, providing a Cosmetic laser treatment service to patients in Ashford, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and surrounding towns.

According to their statistics dermatologic surgeons continue to be the physicians of choice for patients seeking treatment for skin cancer as well as cosmetic procedures with dermatologic surgeons performing nearly 8 million medically necessary and cosmetic procedures in the United States in 2012 (a near 7% increase over 2011).

Among the top procedures performed were:

· _Skin cancer treatments: 2.69 million procedures – a 3.5% increase over 2011.

· _Laser/light procedures: 1.68 million procedures – a 5.3% increase over 2011.

· _Neuromodulators (wrinkle-relaxing injections such as Botox®): 1.49 million procedures – a 24.4% increase over 2011.

· _Soft-tissue fillers (such as Juvéderm®): nearly 917,000 procedures – a 10.4% increase over 2011.

Once again, these survey results illustrate how dermatologic surgeons continue to be chosen by patients for their unique training and wide-ranging experience to treat not only the health of the skin but also its function and beauty through medically necessary as well as cosmetic procedures,” said ASDS President Timothy C. Flynn, M.D said

No other physician has the level of training and experience with the focus on the skin as a dermatologic surgeon.

Photorejuventation, a low-cost skin treatment utilising intense pulsed light (IPL) or other thermal or chemical methods to treat some skin conditions and remove wrinkles, was the most common laser/light procedure, with ASDS members performing more than 438,000 in 2012 – a 76.5% increase over 2011, representing the largest single jump among procedures performed.

Other top laser/light procedures include:

Facial redness with nearly 322,000 procedures and age spots removal with nearly 265,000 procedures. ASDS members also performed more than 86,000 acne scar procedures and nearly 63,000 tattoo removals.  Source: www.asds.net

The Photorejuvenation platform we use at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent is the powerful Palomar IPL to target redness, rosacea, age spots etc.

In the UK, patients seem to be less thorough in the research for an appropriately trained practitioner. The Royal College of Surgeons is seriously concerned about the quality of service provided in cosmetic procedures.

A poll by ComRes of 1,762 people found many considered the cost of surgery more important than the qualifications of the people doing it or how they would be looked after.

If you are searching for an experienced and properly qualified Dermatologic Surgeon or a Cosmetic Doctor in Kent, the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent offers you a quality service at a competitive price in a Care Quality Commission regulated clinic. We offer consultations with Dermatologists, Skin and Laser Specialists and Cosmetic Doctors who are all qualified with years of experience to ensure the treatments you receive are safe and appropriate.

In October 2010, the Government implemented a change in the regulation of providers of cosmetic laser treatments, and some surgical treatments including the use of dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin for cosmetic use, by totally removing these from the regulatory body, namely the Care Quality Commission, that had previously overseen standards.

What this means is that anyone could now treat you with a class IV laser, or inject you with a filler, without any significant training! Your safety will inevitably be potentially compromised.

We can reassure you that the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic remains committed to providing safe cosmetic and laser treatments in an environment that is fit for purpose, and we remain registered with, and regulated by, the Care Quality Commission.