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The American Medical Association recently enacted a policy addressing care provided at medical spas in an effort to improve patient safety and outcomes.

The AMA will advocate that these procedures, such as Botox injections and procedures involving laser and intense pulsed light, be considered within the practice of medicine. There will also be increase awareness about the dangers medical spa treatments can cause when they do not adhere to patient safety standards.

While medical health spas can provide a positive experience for patients, they need medical supervision by specialty trained physicians (Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Facial Plastic Surgeons or Dermatologist).

The AMA said it will join interested state and medical specialty societies in continuing to study new treatments provided at medical spas to ensure patient safety.

If you are considering injections, peels or laser treatments at a medical spa, ask about the credentials of the supervising physician and make sure that they are not only Board Certified, but also extensively trained in these treatments.