The total number of medical spas in the United States has quadrupled in the last five years, according to the International Medical Spa Association. While this has the benefit of making self-improvement more affordable and easily obtainable, the convenience factor may come at the cost of safety. If you’re considering these minimally invasive procedures, like BOTOX® Cosmetic or laser hair removal in Tampa, be sure to check certifications before booking your appointment.
In many states, medical spas aren’t bound by the same strict safety requirements as hospitals and operating facilities, despite the medical nature of the procedures they’re performing. While here in Florida, patients are protected by rules that are much more stringent than elsewhere, it’s a good idea to check with your state laws prior to scheduling any treatments. For example, in New York, hair removal of any kind isn’t considered a medical procedure, so no regulations are in place when it comes to laser hair removal.
It’s easy to think that fairly straightforward procedures like BOTOX® injections, injectable fillers or chemical peels could be performed by nearly anyone. In reality, these treatments should only be performed by a doctor who has extensive understanding of anatomy and is experienced with cosmetic surgery. Medical spas may have a doctor’s guidance in name only, and not even have a physician on the premises regularly. Or, the doctor in question may not be a cosmetic surgeon at all.
Your best bet is to find a local cosmetic surgeon to perform even your minimally invasive procedures like injectables, laser treatments or liposuction. At my practice in Tampa, you’ll have peace of mind knowing our treatments are only administered by a trained cosmetic surgeon.