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American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Advises Consumers to Avoid Unqualified Personnel Performing Cosmetic Procedures
Date:8/19/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 19, 2013

Recent reports of a Houston mother and her two daughters arrested for giving illegal Botox injections without a medical license at a medi-spa*, a California obstetrician running a cosmetic surgery practice was charged with maliciously disfiguring 15 patients**, and a Mississippi interior decorator facing trial for the deaths of two women who were injected at her house*** are just a few examples of why The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is warning consumers to avoid the dangers of unlicensed personnel performing cosmetic procedures in non-clinical settings.

Unfortunately, these events are not uncommon. Many individuals have been arrested for performing illegal injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A and fillers at shopping malls and beauty salons or in their homes and hotel rooms without sufficient training or licenses. This widespread problem has caused concerns among clinical and public health experts. Cosmetic procedures, including tissue filler injections, laser therapies, chemical peels and skin resurfacing, should only be done under the care of properly credentialed and trained medical professionals using only products approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“There are some misconceptions among patients about the true nature of non-surgical cosmetic procedures,” said Jack Fisher, MD, president of the Aesthetic Society. “Non-surgical does not mean non-medical. Patients deserve to know who is treating them, what their qualifications are, who the supervising physician is, and where the product is coming from. These are questions that all patients should ask.”

Over the last few years, there has been explosive growth in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, often performed in retail or spa-like settings. Unlike physician offices wher
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