Cosmetic Surgery Law & Disorder

Susan Anderson

by Susan Anderson | December 26, 2012 @ 11:00AM

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The stories are all over the internet and we’ve written about them before but simply talking about the problem doesn’t solve this issue. We’re talking about unqualified people performing cosmetic surgeries and procedures. From medi-spas to hotel rooms, more people are adding cosmetic procedures to their list of services without having the proper training or credentials. Most recently, Irma Carabajal LeCroy underwent liposuction at a medi-spa in Dallas, TX. The procedure left her unable to walk on her own and out of work. Others have been left severely disfigured or even died.


Law & Disorder

Recently the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and USA Today both wrote articles about the perils that happen when laws fail us in the healthcare industry. Currently, in the U.S., laws that govern the practice of plastic surgery are established at the state level, not national. Plus, not all states require licensing or accreditation at medical offices (including medi-spas). Many medi-spas have expanded their services to include Botox, Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Skin Resurfacing and non-surgical body contouring and even Liposuction.  What’s more frightening is that not all medi-spas have a doctor overseeing their operations.

The increase in cosmetic medical malpractice has forced some states to take a closer look at the regulations in their area. California signed into legislation a law that will increase penalties for medi-spas that allow untrained persons to perform “beauty treatments or medical treatments” to unknowing patients. The fines are steep and are meant to discourage doctors “lending” their name to a medi-spa without actually being on the premise and overseeing all procedures. Such practices could even mean prison time for the offenders.

What This Means for Patients

Patients must do their due diligence and make smart choices when it comes to undergoing any cosmetic procedure. From Botox to liposuction, ask about the training and certifications of those performing your procedures. Tour the facilities, meet the staff and ask questions. You can also search for credible physicians on this site by clicking on “Find a Doctor in Your Area”. You will have access to doctor websites, blogs, social media accounts, education and training, photos, and certifications and professional membership associations.

By refusing to undergo procedures from practices and/or individuals without the proper training you will be discouraging the trend.

Warning Signs

Always listen to that little voice inside your head when it whispers (or screams) something is not quite right here. Hotels,homes and truck stops are not where reputable cosmetic professionals choose to conduct business. Products should not be pulled from a Home Depot bag and bargain basement pricing shouldn’t be the incentive to move forward. The money saved will not be worth it when your nipples turn hard or your penis falls off.

Just this tiny bit of awareness and research can make all the difference in the results of your cosmetic procedure. For more information about choosing a qualified doctor, read more here.

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