Connecticut: The Wild West of Med Spas

Well the verdict is in. The Connecticut legislature passed a bill to increase safety in med spas and Governor Malloy of Connecticut vetoed it.

 

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Governor Malloy of Connecticut

 

Per the Boston Globe, “in a veto statement issued Friday, the Democrat said he was concerned the bill required physicians to perform all initial assessments and perform or supervise and control all cosmetic procedures performed at these facilities. Malloy said that could unnecessarily limit the scope of practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and other licensed medical professionals.”

 

So there it is in the last sentence! The lobbying by the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses was a stronger lobbying group than the plastic surgeons. Lost in all of the political jockeying was the fact that plastic surgeons were trying to promote safety in med spas by having a licensed physician, not necessarily a plastic surgeon, oversee safety guidelines in med spas. For those of you not clear in what med spas can do, they’re more than facials and waxes. Med spas have taken on a life of their own. Whether a doctor or nurse is in charge, med spas are now offering liposuction and injectibles like Botox with no regard for cleanliness, safety or the credentials of the jokers running the place.

 

I understand the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses want to protect their turf. The same can be said for the Plastic Surgeons. But at the end of the day, unfortunately, when there’s a complication or death at one of these unsupervised med spas, there’s going to be an outcry from the public with questions like, “where was the oversight,” “how can just anyone do these procedures” – and when that happens, I hope Governor Malloy is comfortable telling everyone that he had the chance to protect the citizens of Connecticut but he vetoed that chance.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Connecticut: The Wild West of Med Spas

  1. Unbelievable! We have been following all medspa deaths and injuries in the U.S and other countries that are dealing with these issues for several years. I don’t think most people really understand what is going on with this industry. You can see the compiled info at Public Warning on Cosmetic Lasers or on my youtube channel Daphne Carroll.

    • Consumers definitely need to know the risks associated with any procedure, no matter how “non-invasive” they may be. Also, be sure your cosmetic care is being carried out by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. They’re the only one that have accredited formal training in these areas, not just weekend courses! Thanks for reading!

  2. Something needs to be done. I know in the state of Oregon it’s been a mess. The state has decided not to enforce the current laws of Oregon instead has passed it onto the legislators to come up with a solution. Here are the problems that we are having:

    1) Non physicians opening up medspas. Some with no business license with no physician.
    2) “Corporate Practice of Medicine” If you do not have a majority of the medical practice owned by a physician then it’s illegal.
    3) Non physicians expanding the scope of practice with no over site.
    4) NO ENFORCEMENT and the general public just assumes that if it’s a medical practice it’s regulated by the Oregon Medical Board. That’s not the case they have taken the position that they only regulate licensees in the state of Oregon.
    5) The legislators are concerned about Oregon Jobs and putting all of these Illegal Medical Practices out of business would cause a financial impact.

    What about the public?

    • It’s clear that the fear of being sued or expanding their purview of med spas is the medical board’s primary concern and public safety is secondary. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Feel free to subscribe to our weekly digest by going to http://www.buildmybod.com/blog and clicking on the Subscribe link in the right margin, below Categories.

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