Taxing cosmetic procedures

January 22, 2010 4:53:26 PM PST
There's a new proposed tax that every woman should know about. Audrey Mansfield gets expert opinions on new health care reform aimed at cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Richard Glogau is a dermatology expert and professor in San Francisco.

Dr. Glogau on the cosmetic tax:

  1. They don't raise the money their sponsors' promise: see New Jersey.

  2. They fall disproportionately on working people, not the rich.

  3. They fall disproportionately on women, especially working women.

  4. They are almost impossible to police - what is medically "necessary" vs. cosmetic?
For more information on cosmetic taxes, Dr. Richard Glogau recommends the following website:

About Dr. Richard Glogau:
A Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, Richard G. Glogau, M.D. is an expert in cosmetic dermatology with 25 years of experience as a leader in the field. Since the 1970's, Dr. Glogau has developed a national and international reputation for "cutting-edge" dermatology, especially in cosmetic surgery and the treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Glogau is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Dermatology. He is recognized for his contributions at the local, national, and international levels in dermatologic surgery. He continues to train dermatologic surgeons from the U.S. and abroad. Currently, he is co-director of a fellowship in cosmetic dermatologic and Mohs surgery at UCSF. An expert on the cosmetic use of Botox for facial frown lines and wrinkles, he pioneered research on the novel use of the drug for excessive sweating of hands and underarms, and was featured on ABC's 20/20. He lectures extensively on topics in cosmetic dermatology including aesthetics of facial beauty, soft tissue augmentation, photoaging, and resurfacing. Current clinical research interests include the use of Botox and soft tissue augmentation. Dr Glogau also conducts numerous clinical trials of cosmetic surgical devices and by Allure Magazine as one of the most influential dermatologists in the U.S. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in every edition from 2001 on for Castle and Connolly's "Best Doctors" list, a national survey of the most prominent doctors in their respective specialties. In addition he has been included in Woodward and White's "2,000 Best Doctors in America".

Dr. Bryant A. Toth is a practicing plastic surgeon in San Francisco.

Dr. Bryant A. Toth on the cosmetic tax:

  1. It is discriminatory to 90 percent of the female population.

  2. 60 percent of cosmetic patients make only $30-90,000 dollars/year.

  3. Cosmetic surgery is not only for the well-to-do.

  4. NJ is the only state that tried to impliment something similar.

  5. Revenue generated in NJ was 1/3 of anticipated amount.
Richard G. Glogau, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Dermatology
350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94117

About Dr. Bryant Toth:
Dr. Toth is an internationally recognized aesthetic surgeon who resides and practices in San Francisco, California. His Plastic Surgical training was at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the primary teaching hospital for the Harvard Medical School. He has published over 60 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and six instructional videotapes and has been co-editor of two books on plastic surgery. He is currently on the editorial board of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the international journal of cosmetic surgery. Dr Toth has been invited to demonstrate new techniques in cosmetic surgery by lecturing and performing live surgery in a variety of venues including Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Capetown, Sao Paolo, Moscow and Shanghai. Dr Toth's practice goals are to provide compassionate and detailed care for his patients. Every patient provides a unique set of challenges and Dr. Toth individualizes his care to meet the needs of each and every patient. In plastic surgery, this requires great attention to detail in an effort to restore or recreate a youthful, natural appearance, whether it is a facelift, rhinoplasty, breast or body contouring surgery. He is dedicated to creating a natural appearance rather than an artificial or operated look. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Toth has a commitment to children with facial deformity and spends five days a month operating on children with cleft lip, cleft palate and major intracranial deformities.

Dr. Bryant A. Toth, M.D., FACS
2100 Webster Street, Suite 424
San Francisco, CA, 9411
Tel: 415-923-3008 Fax: 415-923-3846