Camille Sweeney at the NY Times wrote a great article looking at the movement to more stringently regulate medical spas (Link).
The article cites an International Spa Association figure that they have increased by 85% to 1,800 across the country.
At our med-spa in Boca Raton, we have spent our medical careers dealing with cosmetic research and medicine. But many of the new med-spas popping up all over the country don't offer that level of expertise.
From the article:
“These places can offer a wonderful opportunity for a consumer to reduce stress and get treatment for the whole body,” said Lynne McNees, president of the International Spa Association. But, she added, “just because someone is in a white coat, it doesn’t mean he or she is a qualified to perform a procedure on you.”
Dr. Goldberg even got a good line in about laser hair removal: “In New York, legally, even a barber could do it, not that he would,” said Dr. David Goldberg, a cosmetic dermatologist in New Jersey, New York and Florida, as well as a law professor at Fordham University and a legal counsel to the Medical Spa Society."