Medical spas blur the line

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Medical spas are growing quickly as an alternative business, but the industry is difficult to regulate.

The demand for services such as Botox injections, chemical peels and laser abrasions — and the willingness to pay out of pocket for them — has also made them an attractive option for physicians. At a time when many doctors are struggling with lower payments from public and private insurers, cash-only medical spas have become an increasingly popular way of relieving the financial pressures.

But as the medical spa industry continues to expand at a breakneck pace, oversight of these facilities is lagging behind. New cosmetic procedures and devices are increasingly blurring the line between the practice of medicine and the field of cosmetology — and putting some patients in the hands of less-qualified individuals.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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