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VIDEO: Assessing consumer knowledge about cosmetic procedures



– Most people rely on physicians, family, and friends to obtain relevant information about cosmetic procedures, but a knowledge gap exists regarding which cosmetic providers are medical doctors.

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Those are two key findings from a national survey that set out to assess how consumers research, educate themselves, and choose cosmetic procedures and providers. At the annual conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, study author Adam J. Wulkan, MD, discussed results from the 20-item survey, which was based on responses from 323 people who have obtained or have considered obtaining a cosmetic procedure such as laser hair removal.

Dr. Wulkan is a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He reported having no financial disclosures. Study coauthor Mathew Avram, MD, serves on the medical advisory board of Sciton and on the scientific advisory boards of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Cytrellis, and Allergan. He also is consultant for Merz Aesthetics, Allergan, Soliton, Invasix, and Revance, and has intellectual property with Cytrellis. He also holds stock options with Cytrellis, Invasix, and Zalea.

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