Spas have become increasingly popular in recent years. They promote health, relaxation and a general sense of wellness. No one would suspect that they would come out of a spa experience in worse health than when they went in. Surprisingly, this may just be the case when some of the newly popular medical spas are involved.
These medspas not only treat patients with the usual range of relaxation techniques and relaxing atmosphere, they also include medical procedures to enhance the spa goer’s physical looks as well. The treatment selection varies from place to place, but often includes treatments such as Botox and facial fillers, laser treatment for vein and hair removal, aggressive chemical peels, microdermabrasion, photofacials and other medical facial treatments. The idea is to give the consumer an experience that has them leaving the spa looking and feeling their best. It all sounds very rejuvenating, but it can sometimes be quite the opposite.
The medical spas have attempted to combine the classic spa aspects that leave people feeling healthy and refreshed with the look of youth that people expect to have when leaving the spa, but is sometimes not there. It is a great idea, in theory, and helps spa owners to cash in on an even bigger piece of the health and beauty pie. Unfortunately, some of the medical services being offered in these establishments are being performed by workers who are not licensed to carry them out.
The procedures mentioned above are usually only supposed to be carried out by qualified and licensed medical professionals (or at least supervised by them – the rules vary from state to state). These establishments tend to get away with this system because they have a doctor onsite and it is unclear to governing bodies, who is performing the procedures. Spa patrons are also unaware that the people doing the procedure are unlicensed, until something goes wrong
For anyone considering going to a medspa there are some things to keep in mind when choosing one.
- Ask who will perform the medical procedures
- Ask if there will at least be a doctor overseeing treatments, is an important first step
- Ask where the closest emergency room is located and whether it is accessible
- Investigate the owners’ and operators’ credentials
- Look for consumers’ experience by checking the local better business bureau.
Most importantly, if something does not feel right, even if a treatment has already been set up, abandon ship. Even if it upsets the staff or causes some embarrassment, it is far better than risking one’s health.
Many medspas have qualified medical professionals performing their services, but it is important to investigate and ask questions ahead of time to avoid an unfortunate circumstance.
If you have been injured at a medspa that you believe was performing illegal procedures or by incompetent staff, it may be a case of medical malpractice and should be assessed by a Botox attorney who has experience in these kinds of cases. Our Dallas medical malpractice lawyers have knowledge in this area and will assess your case for free.