Issue Date: December 7, 2009
Not For Cosmetic Purposes
THE OCT. 19 NEWSCRIPTS column states, "From wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections to hand-rejuvenation surgery, there were an estimated 11.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2007."
I'm 72 years old and like many of my contemporaries have arthritic hands. This condition can include deformed and swollen finger joints that hamper normal activities. Hand-rejuvenation surgery to restore our finger joints so we can hold a grandchild, write a letter, or open a door without pain is not a cosmetic procedure akin to using Botox injections for wrinkle-smoothing!
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