Why some of the dermatologists choose to avoid carrying out minimally invasive cosmetic procedures?

Yildiz H., Abuaf O. K. , Goker K., Bulur I.

JOURNAL OF COSMETIC AND LASER THERAPY, vol.18, no.8, pp.467-471, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14764172.2016.1226505
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.467-471


Background: Some dermatologists choose to avoid carrying out cosmetic dermatology procedures. The aim of this study is to reveal the knowledge and daily outpatient clinic applications of dermatologists in Turkey, and their problems concerning minimally invasive cosmetic procedures (MICPs). Materials and methods: This study was designed as a descriptive cross-sectional study. Between December 2014 and July 2015, a questionnaire was sent to dermatologists by e-mail. Results: Of the 318 participant dermatologists, 233 (73.3%) were female. It was determined that 63.8% of the participants had sufficient knowledge on MICP (very good, good, and medium) while 36.2% had insufficient knowledge (little, very little, and none). About 19.9% of the patients required MICP during outpatient clinic service. The 120 dermatologists who do not apply MICP gave the following reasons: not having adequate training (50%), MICP not being profitable (28.3), not having enough time (25%), being worried about side effects and complications (14.2%), and legal problems (9.2%). Conclusion: It was observed that many dermatologists are interested in cosmetic dermatology, received their training on the subject through courses, have sufficient knowledge, and apply these procedures. However, it was also found out that some dermatologists do not apply MICP due to inadequate training, time, and physical constraints.