Practice and Educational Gaps in Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery

Abigail Waldman, Joseph F. Sobanko, Murad Alam*

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This article identifies gaps in the practice of cosmetic dermatology and cosmetics education, and how to overcome these limitations. There is a rapid development of new devices and procedures, with limited data, patient-reported outcomes, and comparative effectiveness research from which to develop best cosmetic practice. There is a need for increased research and funding dedicated to these goals, improved and convenient training for staff to adopt new devices/procedures, and continuous evolution of databases to pool outcome data and develop outcome sets. Resident education can be improved by dedicated resident cosmetic clinics, didactic teaching from visiting professors, attendance of cosmetic dermatology courses and meetings, and encouraging postresidency training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalDermatologic clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Best practice
  • Cosmetic dermatologic surgery
  • Educational gaps
  • Practice gaps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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