The Growing Dangers of Medical Spas-Risk of Medical Mistakes When Serious Procedures Not Done By Doctors | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A day out at the spa used to be a safe relaxing experience to get away from the stress and fast paced environment of society. However, spas have now begun medical treatments within their walls that should not be performed there. This new breed of medical spa now offers an array of medical services. These procedures include laser hair removal, Botox injections, chemical peels, and facial rejuvenations.  While the spas claim that these procedures are harmless and simple, there can be multiple complications. The risk is increased when high risk patients are treated or when the facility does not administer pretreatment skin tests.

The true problem with these new spas is the fact that they may not have qualified technicians administering the treatments. Most of these spas ally themselves with a physician to obtain devices regulated by the FDA and pharmaceuticals. To lower the cost of the medical procedures the spa will have the physician delegate the procedures to non-physicians. This practice is not legal in all states, but it is the common setup for these medical spas. Due to the potentially unqualified nature of the technicians, these procedures can leave individuals burned and scarred for the rest of their lives. I plan to steer clear of these new spas and leave the medical procedures to the real medical specialists.

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