What is Aesthetic Medicine?

Aesthetic Medicine is a quickly growing field in mostly non-invasive cosmetic treatments to body contour. This subspecialty is no longer limited to the fields of plastic surgery and dermatology, as many specialties are offering aesthetic medical procedures in order to better accommodate their patients’ aesthetic needs. A growing trend among baby boomers is that aesthetic treatments are part of a normal health routine with the goal of maintaining a natural and healthy appearance. From 

Aesthetic medicine is an inclusive term for specialties that focus on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions including scars, skin laxity, wrinkles, moles, liver spots, excess fat, cellulite, unwanted hair, skin discoloration, and spider veins. Traditionally, aesthetic medicine includes dermatology, reconstructive surgery and plastic surgery. Aesthetic medicine includes both surgical procedures (liposuction, facelifts, breast implants, Radio frequency ablation) and non-surgical procedures (radio frequency skin tightening, non surgical liposuction, chemical peel), and practitioners may utilize a combination of both.Although aesthetic medicine procedures are typically elective, they can significantly improve quality of life, psychological well being and social function.

  • In the US, there were more than 11 million aesthetic procedures performed from 2012-2013, and 83.5% of the procedures were nonsurgical.
  • In the UK, there were 50,000 cosmetic surgery procedures performed in 2013-2014.
  • Surgical aesthetic procedures account for 10% of the cosmetic procedures in the UK, and non surgical techniques constitute the remaining 90%
  • In the US, the top 5 surgical aesthetic procedures were 1) Liposuction 2) Breast augmentation 3) Blepharoplasty 4) Abdominoplasty 5) Rhinoplasty
  • In the US, the top 5 nonsurgical aesthetic procedures were 1) Botulinum Toxin 2) Hyaluronic acid 3) Laser hair removal 4) Microdermabrasion 5) Photorejuvenation
  • In South Korea, there were more than 980,000 aesthetic procedures performed from 2014-2015.
    In South Korea, the top 5 surgical aesthetic procedures were 1) Blepharoplasty 2) Rhinoplasty 3) Fat Grafting 4) Rhytidectomy 5) Hair Transplantation

Some of the aesthetic procedures can include:

  • Injections of Botulinum toxin (Botox)
  • Injection of dermal fillers
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Chemical Peels
  • Mesotherapy injection
  • Cellulite treatment
  • Acaraya Non-Laser Tattoo Reversal Techniques
  • 3D Nipple Areola Micropigmentation Process
  • Skin Care Health Pre-Postoperative Management
  • Nutrition
  • Permanent makeup
  • Hair transplantation
  • Laser hair removal
  • Laser Therapy for scars and stretch marks
  • YAG laser for spider veins
  • Contour threads
  • Lipolysis
  • Non-surgical liposuction (exilis)
  • Lipotomy
  • Radio Frequency skin tightening
  • laser tattoo removal
  • facelifts
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Breast augmentation or reduction
  • Brachioplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Thermage
  • Carboxytherapy

The American College of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Physicians along with the American Society of Aesthetic/ Cosmetic Physicians are the official organization and society in the fastest growing field of Medicine. Aesthetic and cosmetic medicine is currently a discipline within medicine that does not require formal residency training or a fellowship and can be practiced by a licensed physician of any specialty. Physicians that currently have the most access to patients seeking aesthetic/ cosmetic procedures are typically Family Practitioners and OB/GYNs. Membership to the American College of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Physicians is open to all specialties of medicine and all allied healthcare professionals. Board Certification is open to all qualifying physicians and is sponsored by the the American Board of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine.

Here is a pretty good list of the Aesthetic organizations:

American Academy of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine

American Academy of Cosmetic Family Medicine
American Academy of Cosmetic Gynecologists
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals
American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
American Academy of Dermatology
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD)
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN)
American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
American Society for Aesthetics
American Society of Nonsurgical Aesthetics (ASNA)
American Society of Aesthetic Mesotherapy (ASAM)
American Society for Mesotherapeutic Liposculpture (ASML)
American Society for Dermatological Surgery (ASDS)
American Society for Dental Aesthetics
American Society of Dermatology (ASD)
American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
American Board of Laser Surgery
American Board of Aesthetic Mesotherapy
American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry (ABCD)
American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry
American Board of Aesthetic Medicine (ABAM)
American Board of Phlebology
American Board of Dermatology

American Board of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine

International College of Aesthetic Medicine
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
International aesthetic Foot Society
National Laser Institute
National Procedures Institute (NPI)
National Society of Cosmetic Physicians/American Academy of Cosmetic Physicians
American College of Phlebology
College of Cosmetic Medicine
American Aesthetic Nursing Association
American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)
The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery
The Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society (CLASS)
Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine
Cosmetic Laser Universe
Empire Medical Training
The Esthetic Skin Institute (ESI)
World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine (WAAAM)
Practical CME
Aesthetic Medical Educators Training (AMET)
Laservision Academy
The Cosmetic Surgery Directory
Plastic Surgery Research Info
Aesthetic Association
Aesthetic MD
Medical Esthetics
Dermatology Societies
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology
Laser Training Institute
Medical & Esthetic Association
Biomani Advanced Medical Aesthetics
Institute of Medical Aesthetics
Harvard Medical School (Department of Continuing Education) Annual Laser & Aesthetic course

Cosmetic / Aesthetic Laser Companies

Alma Lasers
Hoya Conbio Lasers
Cynosure, Inc.
Candela Corporation
Zerona Lasers
Cutera, Inc.
CoolTouch, Inc.
Syneron, Inc
Primaeva Medical
Sciton, Inc
Palomar Medical Technologies, LLC
Solta Medical / Aesthera / reliant medical technologies
Zeltiq CoolSculpting System
Precision Laser Therapy System
New Star Lasers
LipoSonix / Medicis Technologies Corporation
Dermawave, LLC
DermaMed International, Inc.
Eclipse Med, Ltd.
Focus Medical
Fotona Lasers
Lutronic, Inc.
Sandstone Medical Technologies, LLC
Apira Science
Zoom laser whitening
F Care Systems
Iridex Corporation
Altair Instruments Inc
Canfield Scientific, Inc
Aesthetic Technologies
Photo Therapeutics, Inc
Profect Medical Technologies, LLC
Quantel Derma
Rhytec, Inc
Biospace Inc.
Invasix Ltd
Ulthera, Inc


Thanks to http://www.medicalaestheticsociety.org/links.htm for many of these links