Medical spas blur the line

Medical spas are increasingly popular but lack regulation due to the gray area they exist in.

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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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