The state of California is taking a stand on legislation that surrounds medi-spas in the state. The new laws follow concern over what some are calling loosely-monitored medi-spa locations. These types of facilities, although many of which operate without a doctor’s supervision, offer popular treatments such as Botox and laser hair removal. And while the price may be low, the real price to pay is how effective and safe their treatments end up being for the patients that peruse such facilities.
Now, a new law signed by California’s governor will increase penalties for medi-spas that allow untrained individuals to perform beauty treatments or medical treatments to unknowing patients. According to reports, medi-spas must now equip all of their locations with a doctor to supervise such procedures.
Although the state had some requirements in place, they fell short according to some experts who said such laws were simply lacking in safety for patients who peruse medi-spas. And even though many have pushed for law reform surrounding the operation of medi-spas in California, this is the first time such laws have been a passed – a victory for those who have petitioned the state to introduce such legislation.
“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,” said one plastic surgeon.
The fines for medi-spas who disregard the new law are quite steep — $50,000 to be exact. And the laws have also created stringent rules for plastic surgeons who “lend” their name to medi-spa locations without actually being present. Doctors who engage in such practices can face prison time.
There’s no doubt about it: California has taken note that not all medi-spas are created equal, and many can be downright unsafe.
And even though many still peruse medi-spas, experts still recommend that patients seeking a cosmetic procedure, even if it is minimally invasive such as Botox or Restalyne, seek a qualified, board-certified surgeon to complete the procedure. The recommendation is perhaps even more important when considering highly specialized procedures like liposuction and even the so-called “mini-facelift.” Since those procedures require the skill of a doctor, undergoing such procedures without a full consultation by a plastic surgeon can mean risky businesses for the men and women who choose to complete such procedures.
Dr. Kincaid, a board certified plastic surgeon, offers one-on-one, personalized consultations. And since Dr. Kincaid is board-certified and an expert in his field, many patients feel confident in his services and are happy with the outcome. Many men and women forego the medi-spa and turn to Dr. Kincaid instead for results that are natural and beautiful.
Call Dr. Kincaid at his centrally located La Jolla office at 858-450-4199 for a consultation today. His office serves the greater San Diego area including San Diego, Coronado, Chula Vista, Eastlake Village, Otay Ranch, El Cajon, La Mesa, Scripps ranch, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and surrounding cities in the greater San Diego County area.
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