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.” Continue reading

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. Continue reading