The increase of medical facilities and spas throughout the country has led to concerns over cosmetic surgery guidelines and regulations after reports of serious injuries and deaths after patients have cosmetic surgery.
There are an estimated 4,500 medical spas located throughout the U.S. The Federation of State Medical Boards is still debating how much regulatory oversight is needed for office-based cosmetic surgery centers.
Many of these medical facilities offer cosmetic procedures like liposuction, Botox injections, facials and laser resurfacing skin treatments. The lack of federal oversight of these cosmetic procedures has led to many patients with injuries that caused a disability, disfigurement and even death in some cases.
Critics of current medical surgery rules and laws say that many cosmetic surgery patients are unaware that safety rules that regulate hospitals do not always apply to medical offices or spas that offer cosmetic procedures. Even when medical offices or spas do have state regulations or licensing rules for surgeons, they usually only apply when surgeries require a patient to be completely anesthetized, which many cosmetic procedures do not require.
Current laws that regulate medical and surgical procedures were created over 100 years ago. Critics say this is why regulations and laws for cosmetic procedures need to be changed because current laws do not address the safety issues for patients treated in a clinic setting.
Patient safety advocates and critics of current cosmetic surgery laws say that the federal and state regulators need to strengthen laws and requirement for outpatient surgery centers, especially those that mainly do cosmetic procedures. However, there are no proposed guidelines for outpatient surgery centers yet so only time will tell if changes will be made to protect cosmetic surgery patients.
Source: USA Today, "Cosmetic surgery laws often aren't enough," Jayne O'Donnell, Dec. 10, 2012
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