California’s Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed into law a new regulation that intends to increase supervision on medi-spas that offer cosmetic surgery procedures such as Botox, facial fillers and cellulite treatments. Many medi-spas, and not just in California, claim to have physician oversight, although often, it is in name only. Some of the facilities in the past have been accused of failing to ensure patient safety by allowing untrained individuals to administer these treatments. If there is a problem, there is often no physician on-site to administer treatment or offer medical advice in the event of complications.
The new law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, will increase fines and penalties on medi-spas in California that allow untrained individuals to perform cosmetic procedures. The doctors who lend their names to these medi-spas without actually overseeing the treatment, consulting with patients or conducting the treatment themselves may also face legal action. Failure to comply with the law could result in fines up to $50,000 as opposed to the $1,500 former penalty. There is also the potential for prison time associated with the new law.
It would be encouraging if Michigan and other states would take similar steps to ensure patient safety by only allowing board-certified plastic surgeons and trained professionals to perform cosmetic procedures in a safe, medical setting following a medical consultation.
Patients who are considering any cosmetic procedure; Botox, dermal fillers, liposuction or facelifts, should always consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who will be able to give them realistic answers about the procedure, alternatives, risks and benefits in a safe, medical environment.
If you are interested in learning more about plastic surgery procedures that can enhance your appearance safely, please call Dr. Ringler for private, complimentary consultation.