Procedural dermatology is an essential and basic component of the profession of dermatology. Dermatology is a specialty that uses a variety of surgical, reconstructive, cosmetic, and non-surgical medical dermatology techniques to diagnose and treat disorders of the skin, hair, nails, […]
Procedural dermatology is an essential and basic component of the profession of dermatology. Dermatology is a specialty that uses a variety of surgical, reconstructive, cosmetic, and non-surgical medical dermatology techniques to diagnose and treat disorders of the skin, hair, nails, veins, mucous membranes, and surrounding tissues that are both medically required and aesthetically pleasing. They propose that the restoration and/or improvement of the aesthetic appearance of the skin tissue is the aim of dermatological surgery.
In addition to the traditional “scalpel and blade” procedures associated with dermatology, procedural dermatology also includes the use of energy-based devices, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as botulinum toxin fillers and injections, other non-surgical and semi-surgical techniques.
Based on the degree of invasiveness and complexity of the treatments, the knowledge and abilities needed to perform them, and their reliance on technology, dermatological procedures can be classified into three groups.
- Conventional surgical procedures for dermatology involve extensive tissue cutting and suturing, which are invasive approaches. The goals of these moderately difficult procedures are to improve cosmesis and/or relieve symptoms.
- “Non-surgical” minimally invasive treatments like fillers and injections of botulinum toxin are considered minimally invasive procedures (device-based procedures excluded). Not all of them are as new as traditional/common dermatology treatments, but many of them are more aesthetically pleasing.
- Compared to traditional dermatologic surgeries, procedures based on laser, light, and energy devices demand less competence. Such devices are primarily utilised in cosmetic dermatology procedures, but they can also be used to support traditional dermatologic surgery. One such use is the removal of the recipient epidermis during vitiligo grafting surgeries with the aid of a laser.
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The demand for procedural dermatology is expanding tremendously. In 2019, 11.3 million surgical and 13.6 million non-surgical procedures were carried out globally, with 3.8% and 1.6% of those procedures taking place in India, respectively. India placed fourth in liposuction, sixth in hair removal, and eighth in face rejuvenation out of all the listed nations. In India and around the world, hair transplants, botulinum toxin injections, and operations based on medical aesthetic devices have either demonstrated or are expected to demonstrate double-digit yearly growth rates.
Social factors that have contributed to this quick increase in the number of patients include increased self-awareness regarding appearance, the belief that being attractive is correlated with “success” in relationships and at work, the shorter recovery times for more recent procedures, appearance goals driven by social media, the general lack of regulatory controls over these procedures, and rising disposable incomes relative to earlier periods of financial frugality.