Due to the proliferation of spas, salons and walk-in clinics offering cosmetic procedures performed by non-physicians, ASDS has noted a significant increase in patient complications.
In response to this alarming national trend, ASDS has launched a campaign warning consumers that cosmetic treatments, such as those using lasers, high-tech light devices, chemical peels, soft tissue fillers, botulinum toxin and microdermabrasion techniques, are medical/surgical procedures that should be performed by a fully qualified physician or under the direct supervision of the physician.
The links below include news releases on the hazards of the non-physician practice of medicine; consumer safety tips; ASDS’ position statements as well as compelling photographs of patient complications. There are also links to articles on patient complications on several news websites.
The links are divided into two topics: Non-Physician Practice of Medicine and Office Safety.
The following links relate to the risks of unsupervised non-physician practice of medicine - what to know, what to ask before you undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure.
The following links relate to Office Safety in cosmetic surgery. They contain recommendations to help you make good decisions about your cosmetic surgery options.
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