The Rise of the Regulators

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Thursday, December 29, 2016

In recent years, the medical aesthetics industry has experienced explosive growth. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2015, a 115 percent increase over the number performed in 2000. Additionally, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that consumers spent more than $13.87 billion on aesthetic procedures in 2015—an all-time high.

These numbers are certainly good news for medical aesthetics practice; however, such robust growth and visible success has caused regulators on both the state and federal levels to begin taking a closer look at the industry. What these regulators are finding are areas in which legalities are poorly defined, enforcement is lax, and punishment is viewed as insufficient. State regulatory agencies have traditionally been underfunded and undermanned, but they are beginning to take action to rectify these perceived oversights.

This increased scrutiny could potentially be very bad news for owners and operators of non-compliant medical aesthetics practices. Laws are changing, enforcement is increasing, and punishments are becoming more severe, so it is important that medical aesthetic professionals learn about the areas in which regulators are beginning to crack down and correct any shortcomings their practices may have as soon as possible.
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