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.