Serious Injuries Associated with Non-Physicians Performing Cosmetic Procedures Including Botox Injections and Laser Hair the Removal

The American Society of Dermatological Surgery (ASDS) is warning patients that undergoing cosmetic surgery from untrained, non-physicians, is risky and can lead to serious injury and even death. Cosmetic surgeries and medical procedures, including Botox injections, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and hair replacement, are now commonly performed by spas and clinics operated by non-doctors.

According to the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, patients seeking treatment to treat or correct botched procedures is on the rise. The ASDS said that 41 percent of its members have seen an increase in patients seeking second treatments to repair damage from botched procedures performed by improperly trained individuals.

The ASDS said a physician should always perform cosmetic surgeries and procedures. Consumers considering cosmetic surgery should always ask about the training of the person who will perform the surgery. They should also ask what safety procedures are in place in case of an emergency. Consumers should also be wary about procedure prices that seem too good to be true, the ASDS said, “This is just one of those times when you just don’t want to get a bargain.” The ASDS also warns consumers not to use physicians who aren’t trained in performing these procedures. General  doctors and gynecologists are offering these services more often, which could potentially expose them to <"">medical malpractice lawsuits.

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