As the medical spa treatment industry continues to grow, so too do the complications associated with treatments performed by non-medical professionals.
As highlighted in a recent article in NBC news and recent FDA warnings, the health risks associated with having procedures, especially injections, performed at “med spas” are staggering, including infections, health complications, and even death.
The cases provided in the news are a first-year medical student’s checklist of what not to do: unsterilized equipment, unsanitary conditions, and the administering of potentially life-threatening treatments without the supervision of a medical professional. Due to a lack of oversight, it’s often all too easy for shady businesses to represent themselves as healthcare “experts” when they often have the same (or less) qualifications as a standard beautician.
That’s why it’s important to emphasize the “medical” in medical (or med) spa. Real medical professionals with the appropriate education and training should know how to administer appropriate treatments for aesthetic procedures, and perhaps most importantly, to be able to identify potentially underlying medical conditions.
This need for patient safety is paramount to the UroFill™ technique only being available to board-certified urologic surgeons. Human anatomy in general and the penis in particular is too complicated and too vulnerable to be left in the hands of non-professionals.
Before undergoing any treatment at a medical spa, ask the following questions:
- Will a medical professional be performing the procedure?
- What are their credentials?
- What research has been done on the procedure?
- What are potential complications of the procedure?
If your medical spa provider can’t provide a satisfactory answer to any of the above questions, it’s not worth the risk!