Physician and layman perceptions on the preferred provider for skin surgery and cosmetic procedures

In a presentation at this year’s 2012 annual American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) meeting, Dr. Omar Ibrahimi presented his Cutting Edge Research Grant project. Dr. Ibrahimi studied physician and layman perceptions on the most optimal provider for cutaneous surgery, Botox injections and filler injections.  He conducted two internet surveys: one assessing the lay public’s preference for providers of certain procedures and one assessing primary care residents’ (physicians in training) on their preference of providers for certain procedures. Choices of preferred provider included dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and non-physician  providers.

Dr. Ibrahimi found that for skin cancer surgery, both the lay public as well as the primary care physicians preferred dermatologists to perform the surgery.  For Botox botulinum toxin injection, the primary care physicians preferred dermatologists although the lay public preferred plastic surgeons.  For fillers, again the primary care physicians preferred dermatologists although the lay public’s preference for dermatologists and plastic surgeons was roughly equivalent.

Dermatologists receive in-depth training on cutaneous surgery, botulinum toxin injections and filler injections, and Dr. Ibrahimi concludes that it is important to make the public aware that dermatologists are the experts in skin cancer surgery and other cutaneous surgical procedures .