Current Issues In Dermatologic Office-Based Surgery

Dermatologic Surgery

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1999 Abstract

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Current issues in dermatologic office-based surgery. The American Academy of Dermatology Joint AAD/ASDS Liaison Committee. Dermatol Surg. 1999 Oct;25(10):806-15.

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Dermatol Surg 2000 May;26(5):508.

Dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons have played major roles in the development and refinement of many office-based cutaneous surgical procedures. The comprehensive scientific education in the structure and function of skin that dermatologists receive during formal residency training programs has contributed directly to these advances. This long tradition of comprehensive training and strong basic research activities in skin biology has supported a scholarly approach to cutaneous surgery. As a result, many pioneering cutaneous
surgical techniques have been created by dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons. One example of this creativity can be seen in the field of laser surgery where techniques to effectively treat tattoos, benign pigmented lesions, port-wine stains and other vascular conditions, premalignant and malignant skin lesions, wrinkles and sun-damaged skin, and excess or unwanted hair were developed by dermatologists. Some of the most innovative procedures, like tumescent liposuction, have focused primarily on improving patient safety while preserving the highest standards of care. Virtually every aspect of cutaneous surgery, including Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancers, hair replacement surgery, sclerotherapy of leg veins, the correction of scars and sun-damaged skin with the injection of filler materials, dermabrasion or chemical peels, and new anesthesia techniques, have been favorably impacted by the unique education and skills of many dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons. This article reviews the important historic role that has been played
by dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons in developing and improving outpatient cutaneous surgical procedures and examines current issues and future directions in credentialing, privileging, and accreditation.