Volume 13 - Issue 10 - October 2005

T he taxation of cosmetic services has roiled dermatologists across the country — despite the fact that it has affected only a small portion of the more than 10,000 dermatologists in the country. Many doctors are concerned, and rightly so, that this tax may signal a new trend that could soon be widespread — especially with the number of cosmetic procedures continuing to rise. According to Rachel Emma Silverman1 of The Wall Street Journal, there were 9.2 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed last year in the nation. This number represents a 5% increase from a year earlier,