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Who can own a medical spa?

Ownership of a medical practice is restricted to licensed

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Can a nurse, esthetician, PA or NP own a med spa by employing a medical director?


Can a nurse, esthetician, PA, or NP take a commission for administering laser treatments or injectables like Botox?

This would

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Does a doctor have to examine every new patient before the patient is treated? What about PAs and NPs—can they see new patients or does it have to be a physician?

Not necessarily. If the patient’s treatment is within

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Can a physician delegate medical tasks and duties to non-physicians?

A physician’s ability to delegate and the supervisory requirements vary widely depending on

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Does a physician have to be present at the med spa at all times?

Not necessarily. However, this is entirely dependent on the

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Who can perform laser treatments?

Laser treatments are considered the practice of medicine in South Carolina. It appears, however, that

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Can estheticians perform laser treatments?

Provided that a physician has provided proper

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Botox and other injectable fillers: who can inject?

Provided that an appropriate protocol or job description is in place,

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The information and answers contained in these frequently asked questions provide a general guide to certain laws that apply to "medical spas” in this particular state. The information contained on this site is for general reference only. This information is not intended to provide legal advice, and it should not be relied upon as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers: You should not act upon this information without seeking knowledgeable legal counsel that takes the laws of your jurisdiction into account. All uses of the content of this site, other than personal uses, are prohibited.

Summary updated June 2014

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