The American Med Spa Association hosted the first ever Medical Spa Show in Las Vegas last month. The Medical Spa Show 2018 program featured presentations on trends, technologies, techniques, and regulations that affect medical spa practices.
Problem patients, he says, have been known to retaliate for their dissatisfaction by calling the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), claiming illegal narcotics were being distributed at practices. They’ve called the FDA to claim the use of counterfeit Botox (Allergan). They’ve called the police, who have shown up at practices unannounced.
All this, just because a practice agreed to treat an unreasonable or “problem” patient.
At least 50 percent of medical spas and medical aesthetic practices operate illegally, according to the American Med Spa Association. That means you could really be putting yourself in danger with that suspiciously cheap Groupon for Botox or lip injections.
Chicago-based attorney Alex Thiersch says he and his colleagues have seen an uptick in the number of complaints to medical and nursing boards. As a consequence, he says, there has been an increase in practice investigations.
Thiersch, a partner at ByrdAdatto and director of the American Med Spa Association, presented “Top 5 reasons your practice could likely be investigated,” at the 2017 Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology meeting, in Las Vegas.
Streaming live video and engaging people via social media are excellent marketing strategies. But for the cosmetic practices that use them, these marketing approaches are also risky.
Very risky, according to Alex Thiersch, an attorney and partner at ByrdAdatto, and director of the American Med Spa Association, in Chicago.