Needs Assessment for Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery

Murad Alam*, Jonathan M. Olson, Maryam M. Asgari

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cosmetic procedures have been an integral part of dermatologic surgery for over half a century, with a more recent proliferation of devices to improve skin color and texture and modify subcutaneous fat. Overall, cosmetic dermatologic procedures are extremely safe. However, detailed information about safety and effectiveness, and especially comparative effectiveness, is not available for many procedures. There are few randomized control trials of comparative effectiveness of different procedures for similar indications. Key comparative effectiveness studies are briefly reviewed, and areas of substantial deficiency in such research are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-187
Number of pages11
JournalDermatologic clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Cosmetic dermatologic surgery
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Needs assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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