California’s governor has signed a new law that aims to increase supervision on “medi-spas” offering cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and laser hair removal. Such facilities have in the past been accused of failing to ensure patient safety by allowing untrained individuals to administer the cosmetic treatments. The new law increases penalties such as fines on such facilities if there is a lack of doctor supervision, reports Bakersfield Now.
There were some regulations in place concerning medi-spas in the state, but advocates of patient safety argued they fell short of what was necessary to make sure all procedures were done safely and under the supervision of a certified doctor. There have been previous efforts by California lawmakers, but this is the first to be signed into law by the governor.
“Although there may be a doctor name attached to the facility, sometimes it’s in name only. There’s no one there, no physician there who can jump in and help with the problem that occurs and it’s happened quite a bit,” one California-based cosmetic physician told Fox40.
The law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2013, could increase penalties for medi-spas up to $50,000 for failing to comply with medical rules. Doctors who lend their name to a medi-spa without overseeing treatment, consulting with patients or conducting the procedures themselves also face legal action.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, patients who are considering a cosmetic procedure, whether it be a Botox injection or something more invasive, like liposuction, should be sure to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon operating out of an accredited facility.
Individuals who feel that the setting of their consultation or the surgery itself is unsafe should voice their concern and, if necessary, seek an alternative surgeon or doctor. Consultations are the best way to ensure that both patient and surgeon are on the same page concerning the procedure, results and recovery time.