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Medical Board Considers Regulation of Botox and Other Treatments

According to WFAA news, the Medical Board of Texas is planning to discuss a change in regulations for physicians performing cosmetic procedures like Botox, Restylane and other treatments.

In their state, medications like Botox can only be obtained by a qualified physician (with a medical license). Within a doctor’s office however, the treatment can be delegated to and then administered by, anyone.

“As long as I’m the one purchasing it, right now I can delegate to whoever I want to,” explains dermatologist Dr. Lori Stetler to WFAA.

Because the market for cosmetic procedures can be very lucrative, there is a strong allure for physicians (medspas) with inadequate training to begin offering these treatments.

Currently there are no Botox regulations pertaining specifically to the training and qualifications of those who administer the injection. Such regulations would also apply to treatments like Juvederm, Sculptra, Radiesse and other popular wrinkle reducers.

According to WFAA, the medical board will discuss a regulation that would allow only doctors, nurses and physician assistants to administer a controlled substance such as Botox.

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