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California Governor Signs Law to Clamp Down on Medi-Spas

October 23rd, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

There were 5.7 million treatments of Botox given in 2011, which is up 5% from 2010. This is an increase of 621% since 2000 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). It is not surprising that there are individuals that are trying to cash in on this phenomenon, even at the risk of the patient.

California governor, Jerry Brown, has signed a new law that will increase supervision on “medi-spas” in Marin County and all of California, that offer cosmetic treatments such as Botox and injectible fillers. The new law will increase fines on the facilities if it becomes known that there is a lack of medical supervision and some may be shut down. Some facilities or “Spas” have a doctor’s name attached to it, but it may be in name only. Should a problem occur, there would not be a trained physician to take over. These physicians will face legal action if they are only lending their name.

Recently CNN reported the story of a woman in Florida who ended up admitted to a hospital for a month, due to receiving some unknown injection to her face from a local Spa. She got a serious infection that led to 5 different surgical procedures that have left her scarred and still swollen.

ASPS encourages all patients who are considering Botox or other non-invasive treatments to be sure to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who operates out of an accredited facility.

Face Lift for the hands? You Can “Turn Back the Hands of Time!”

October 16th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD



Hand before Radiesse injections


Hand after Radiesse injections

Marin County women are thrilled with their youthful looks after having a facelift. However, when the hands don’t match the face, it can be a giveaway for those who wish to keep their cosmetic plastic surgery procedures secret!

Now there are treatments that can rejuvenate the hands to complement a newly freshened face. As we age, we tend to lose fat in the face and hands. The same technique of fat transfer used to fill out the face can be used on the hands. There are also injectables such as Radiesse or Restylane that are used to plump up the hands and restore volume hiding the prominent veins with deepened color. There are different methods available for removing skin spots, such as peels and laser treatments. It is important to remember to use sunscreen to protect the hands as well as the face.