Medical Spas Face More Scrutiny Over Safety

K. Mathews on 16 Dec 2011 at 4:30pm

If you typically get your anti-aging injections at medical spas, you may notice some changes in the near future. Last month, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new policy with the goal of protecting patients regardless of the setting and type of medical care they are receiving.

As it currently stands, procedures that are not deemed “medically necessary” are not always subject to the same standards as those that are considered medically necessary. For example, someone who injects Botox might not be required to have appropriate training and supervision. But just because Botox isn’t essential to one’s health, doesn’t mean it can’t endanger a patient when applied improperly. 

Additionally, a group of delegates has suggested that the AMA consider procedures like Botox, fillers, and laser hair removal, which are often performed in spa settings, to be officially recognized as “the practice of medicine”.

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) supports the AMA’s recent legislation. The ASDSA advocates for better safeguards for cosmetic surgery patients across the country, with similar legislation currently pending in Minnesota.

“We are so pleased that the AMA has taken a strong position to ensure that patients have access to safe and effective cosmetic medical procedures performed by well-trained and supervised medical professionals,” said ASDSA/AMA representative Dr. Elizabeth Burney.

We'll keep you up-to-date with how this new policy plays out.

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