Monthly Archives: March 2010

Botox Cleared by FDA to Treat Arm Spasticity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded clearance for Botox this month, allowing the drug to be used as a treatment for spasticity in muscles of the elbow, wrist and fingers. Such conditions occur frequently after a stroke, injury or debilitating disease.

The FDA specified that Botox treatment is not intended to be a substitute for physical therapy or the “usual standard of care rehabilitation regimens.”

It seems that treatment applications for Botox are continually expanding. While Botox is best known for cosmetic usage — typically the treatment of forehead wrinkles or “frown lines” –there are several therapeutic treatments now being offered by physicians today. Excessive sweating, cervical dystonia and muscle spasm are just a few of those alternative treatments.

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Allergan Wants You to “Switch Up” Your Routine

The Allergan “Switch Up” campaign was launched to educate women on the impact of small appearance changes, providing tips on how to keep your look fresh with non-invasive cosmetic enhancements like Juvederm injectable gel.

The campaign is led by television personality Dayna Devon. “In my 30s, I began receiving treatment with a dermal filler when I noticed these deep lines starting to form around my nose and mouth that looked like two parentheses and couldn’t be filled in with the creams I was using,” says Devon.

Become a fan of Juvederm on Facebook to receive tips on how to maintain your best appearance from Dayna Devon every month. She will also be sharing tips on health, fitness, and other lifestyle related topics.

Cosmetic Treatments Drop Two Percent During 2009 Recession

At about this time every spring, groups of surgeons like the ASAPS provide statistics on cosmetic procedures that were popular in the previous year. The news always gives us an opportunity to discuss nationwide trends in plastic surgery.

Due to the economic recession, statistics for 2009 show a 2 percent overall decrease in cosmetic treatments compared to 2008. Of the nearly 10 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, non-invasive procedures like Botox and Juvederm increased slightly while a moderate (17 percent) decrease was seen in surgical procedures such as liposuction, abdominoplasty or breast augmentation.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the top cosmetic treatments in America are as follows:

1. Breast augmentation
2. Liposuction
3. Eyelid Surgery
4. Abdominoplasty
5. Facelift

Non-Surgical
1. Dysport
2. Hyaluronic acid wrinkle fillers
3. Laser hair removal
4. Microdermabrasion
5. Chemical Peel

Why has Breast Augmentation been the number one procedure for two years straight?

In 2008, breast augmentation surpassed liposuction as the number on cosmetic surgery in the United States. In 2009, the procedure remained on top with over 311,957 estimated procedures. Several different opinions have been offered explaining why this procedure has gained such popularity. We asked Dr. Genter and he cited these reasons:

  • Excitement over new silicone implants
  • Relatively quick recovery from the procedure
  • Immediate obvious results = immediate gratification

More 2009 numbers should be released in the coming weeks from other professional groups. We look forward to comparing them and continuing this discussion of plastic surgery trends.