2009

Nationwide Survey Shows Americans Oppose a Cosmetic Tax
A majority of Americans oppose the inclusion of a five percent tax on cosmetic medical procedures, according to a survey released today. Survey respondents oppose the cosmetic tax by a 52% - 43% margin.
Plastic Surgeons Respond to Proposed Cosmetic Surgery Tax
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) oppose the propsed new 5% tax on elective cosmetic procedures as discriminatory, arbitrary and ineffective.
Got Migraines?
Migraine headaches are a drain — not only on the estimated 30 million Americans who suffer from them, but on the economy, too. Because pain and other symptoms caused by migraine headaches can be quite severe, it is projected that nearly $13 billion is spent every year in headache treatment and loss of time from work, which no one can afford these days. But according to a new study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there is hope for severe and frequent migraine sufferers who can’t find relief in conventional remedies.
Are Breast Cancer Patients Being Kept In The Dark?
Despite the increase of breast reconstruction procedures performed in 2008, nearly 70 percent of women who are eligible for the procedure are not informed of the reconstructive options available to them, according to a recently published report. Current research suggests that many breast cancer patients are missing out on a key conversation that should take place at the time of diagnosis.
When Lawn Mowers Attack
Using a lawn mower can be as routine as bike riding or barbeques during spring and summer months. But often, people find themselves in terrifying situations with these seemingly safe household machines. In fact, 200,000 people – 16,000 of them children – are injured in lawn mower-related accidents each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.
Prevention is Best Cure for Dog Bites
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has joined with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), and The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) to celebrate National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 17-23, 2009. Children are the most common victims of dog bites, followed by the elderly and USPS employees.
Cosmetic Procedures Up in All Ethnic Groups Except Caucasians in 2008
Tough economic times may have caused a decline in some areas of cosmetic surgery, but procedures among ethnic patients are up. According to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), ethnic cosmetic procedures increased 11 percent in 2008, with more than 3 million performed, while procedures among Caucasians dropped 2 percent. Cosmetic procedures among Hispanics, the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S., experienced the greatest growth; up 18 percent.
Recession Cuts Many, Not All Plastic Surgery Procedures
Showing sensitivity to weaknesses in the U.S. economy, plastic surgery was not spared from the recession's grasp. According to the newest national procedural statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2008, surgical numbers dropped nine percent and minimally-invasive numbers rose five percent.
ASPS Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Increase Access to Reconstructive Surgery for Children
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) announced its strong support of H.R. 1339, the "Children's Access to Reconstructive Evaluation and Surgery Act" — or CARES Act, which would require insurance companies to provide coverage for the treatment of a child's congenital or developmental deformity or disorder due to trauma, infection, tumor, or disease.
Women in the Workforce Link Cosmetic Surgery to Success
Faced with news of increasing layoffs, straining economic times, and a belief that hiring is based on looks, millions of American women are looking at cosmetic medical procedures to give them a competitive edge in the workplace.
Divorce, Antidepressants, or Weight Gain/Loss Can Add Years to Your Face
A new study, involving identical twins, suggests that despite genetic make-up, certain environmental factors can add years to a person’s perceived age.
New Year Brings New Hope to Children Born With Cleft Lip, Palate
Building on a tradition of volunteering and philanthropy, members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) will usher in 2009 by demonstrating, “it is better to give than to receive,” by traveling overseas on behalf of several charitable organizations to donate their reconstructive surgical skills to children with facial deformities in developing countries.