Medesthetics

JUL-AUG 2019

MedEsthetics—business education for medical practitioners—provides the latest noninvasive cosmetic procedures, treatment trends, product and equipment reviews, legal issues and medical aesthetics industry news.

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LEGAL ISSUES | By Alex R. Thiersch, JD One thing I love about the medspa industry is that med- spa owners and providers continue to innovate in their marketing, branding and businesses. This is also one rea- son it's diffi cult to keep track of what's legal in the medical aesthetic industry—many of the ideas we are asked about are brand new. They've never been tested before, and therefore it can be a challenge to determine where the le- gal constraints are. Botox parties are examples of this. A medspa or a pro- vider typically hosts these events—either at the medspa, a patient's house or another location, such as a salon. At these parties, people get together to socialize and learn about and try new treatments. Often, the business or provider offers discounts on the services. These are highly social events, often featuring alcohol, that mix pleasure with aesthetics, which makes the idea of getting injected with a needle a bit more palatable. The question is, are these events legal, particularly when they are held off-site? In most states, it is legal to perform treatments outside of your practice or medspa, but not in all of them. For example, Nevada recently passed a law restricting the injection of botulinum toxins and fi llers to a doctor's offi ce, essentially banning off-site Botox parties. So review your state's regulations before planning an event. If your state allows you to perform injectable treatments outside the offi ce, remember that the same rules governing 24 JULY/AUGUST 2019 | Med Esthetics © GETTY IMAGES What you need to know before hosting an off-site event that includes medical aesthetic treatments. BOTOX PARTIES

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