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Dermatologic surgeons (sometimes referred to as "Dermasurgeons") are Board-certified dermatologists who are members of American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), a professional medical organization founded in 1970.
After completing their residency education, candidates take an exam given by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD). Doctors who pass the Board-certification exam are then referred to as Diplomates of the ABD (i.e., Board-certified Dermatologists). Dermatologists with special interest in dermatologic surgery may apply to the ASDS for membership by submitting an application and three letters of endorsement from current members of the ASDS. To advance dermatologic surgery as a scientific discipline as well as the knowledge and skills of each practitioner, the ASDS supports clinical and basic research grants and provides continuing education opportunities for its members. The following is a summary of available membership categories with the ASDS:
Thus, a dermatologic surgeon demonstrates competence in the diagnosis, medical care, and surgical management of the following:
Techniques available to a dermatologic surgeon include lasers, traditional scalpel surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, photodynamic therapy, liposuction, blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery), minimally-invasive facelift surgery (e.g., the S-lift), and a variety of topical and injectable agents such as dermal fillers including fat transfer and hyaluronic acid.
Some specially trained dermasurgeons perform Mohs cancer surgery, which can be an effective method for the treatment of recurrent, indistinct, or difficult skin cancers.
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