Botox the most popular minimally invasive procedure in 2012 | J&J threatens to put a wrinkle in Botox's dominance | CMS: Physicians need more training on proper billing
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March 22, 2013
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Poll: Americans want to look good as they age
Most of the 2,000 people polled by Allure magazine said they are concerned with what aging will mean for their careers and attractiveness. Among women in their 50s, 42% said looking younger is important for a successful career, and the same percentage of all women said they would consider cosmetic treatments. Reuters (3/20), (3/20)
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Botox the most popular minimally invasive procedure in 2012
Botulinum A injections were the most common minimally invasive cosmetic treatment last year, with more than 4.1 million procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Injections of hyaluronic acid were the second most common, with 1.8 million treatments. The number of minimally invasive procedures in 2012 rose 10% from the previous year. (3/21)
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"Cosmetic plastic surgery is a visual art. Patients don't usually understand medical terminology, but they know what they want when they see it. With VECTRA 3D simulations, I can show them realistic results of the procedures they want, as seen from any angle. And when they see this, they act on it with confidence that the procedure is in their own best interest." Read more>>

Marc J. Salzman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Louisville, KY

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J&J threatens to put a wrinkle in Botox's dominance
Johnson & Johnson expects to receive FDA approval next year for a wrinkle-reducing injection similar to Allergan's Botox. Allergan already faces competition from Valeant's Dysport and Merz's Xeomin, but it has an 85% market share. Reuters (3/22)
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CMS: Physicians need more training on proper billing
Physicians need better training on proper billing and management of program inefficiencies to ensure the integrity of public and private health care programs, CMS officials say. "Few physicians intentionally abuse or defraud the health care system, but nearly all contribute to waste," the officials said. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/19)
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Study evaluates effect of antibiotic timing on SSIs
The timing of pre-operative antibiotic administration did not have an effect on surgical site infection rate, researchers report in JAMA Surgery. Guidelines suggest that prophylactic antibiotics be administered no more than an hour before surgery, but researchers found no significant difference in SSI rates for patients who had received antibiotics more than an hour before surgery. Medscape (free registration) (3/21)
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J&J unit gets FDA OK for cordless surgical tissue sealer
The FDA has cleared Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson unit, to market its Enseal G2 system designed to close tissue during surgical procedures. The device comes with a cordless design to make surgical access easier and avoid entanglement with other tools in the operating room. (3/21)
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