A survey comparing delegation of cosmetic procedures between dermatologists and nondermatologists

Molly B. Austin, Divya Srivastava, Ira H. Bernstein, Jeffrey S. Dover

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BACKGROUNDHow delegation of procedures varies among cosmetic specialties in the United States is not well described.OBJECTIVETo better describe current practices in delegation of procedures to nonphysicians among physicians of different cosmetic specialties in the United States.METHODSAn Internet-based survey was administered to physician members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).RESULTSA total of 823 responses were collected. Two hundred ninety-one of the 521 dermatologists (55.9%) reported delegating cosmetic procedures compared with 223 of the 302 nondermatologists (73.8%) (p <.05). When delegation occurred, dermatologists were more likely than nondermatologists to delegate the following procedures to higher level non-physician providers (NPP): chemical peels, neuromodulator and filler injections, laser hair removal, pulsed dye laser, tattoo removal, intense pulsed light, nonablative fractional laser, and sclerotherapy. No difference in delegation rate was noted between dermatologists and non-dermatologist physicians with respect to microdermabrasion, ablative fractional laser, cryolipolysis, radiofrequency skin tightening, focused ultrasound skin tightening, and focused ultrasound fat reduction.CONCLUSIONDermatologists delegate procedures to NPP less frequently than non-dermatologist physicians, and when they do, it is typically to higher level NPP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-832
Number of pages6
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 9 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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