The purpose of this website is to inform you as to your legal rights and to summarize the vast quantities of literature out there on the booming medical spa industry and the ensuing issues of negligence and medical malpractice. With more people turning to medical spas to smooth away their wrinkles and erase age spots, the number of medical spas is soaring.
According to the International Medical Spa Association, the number of medi spas in the U.S. is up more than fourfold since 2007, from around 800 in 2007 to 4,500 today. The lack of regulation in this industry is leaving medi spas to be called the new litigation hot spots as more and more patients sue over spa treatments gone wrong. Most states require a doctor to supervise medical spa procedures. However, that is not always the case. This has led to the state of New York considering legislation that would tightly regulate medical spas. Among others, the most common personal injury lawsuits are being filed over burn injuries from laser treatments.
For more information, see our dedicated page from our medical malpractice law firm in New York.
Unlike day spas, which specialize in services such as facials, massages, and body wraps for relaxation, medi spas or medical spas, offer cosmetic procedures that often involve the use of medical devices, like lasers. A medical spa is a cross between a day spa and medical clinic that is supposed to operate under the supervision of a medical doctor. Medical spas can treat conditions on your body and face such as brown spots, broken capillaries, and redness, that cannot be treated as effectively if at all, by a traditional esthetician.
Most people visit medi spas to get treatments like:
• laser treatments
• IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments
• injectables like Botox and fillers
• aggressive chemical peels
• skin tightening or skin rejuvenation
• lighten post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation
Although medical spas tend to have a more clinical atmosphere than day spas, many also offer relaxation services like massage and body treatments. Some have a wellness focus that includes services like acupuncture, naturopathic doctor consultations and nutritional counseling.
Common problems that occur usually involve laser complications. Complications arise in the form of burns caused by the improper use of lasers during hair removal and hyper-pigmentation. There are also scarring problems caused by chemical peels. Other problems include infections. A well-known infection after a visit to the medi spa is streptococcus, commonly known as strep. Streptococcus infection cases have been found at weight loss clinics after patients had undergone outpatient liposuction with poor infection control practices. Another major risk of outpatient liposuction is accidental overdose of lidocaine, which has killed patients at other medical spas. There has also been an increase in botched medical procedures like botox and injectable fillers which can cause disfigurement of the face.
Infections due to poor hygiene practices can also create problems. These are some of the infections you can get at a medi spa.
Fungal infections/Toenail Fungus: You may suffer from nail fungus if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
• A dark color, caused by debris building up under nail
• Distorted in shape or separated
• Thickened nail
• Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
• Dull, with no luster or shine
Staphylococcus commonly known as staph and cellulitis- this infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. You may suffer from staph if you have the following symptoms:
• Small area of tenderness, swelling, and redness
• Inflammation — redness, warmth, swelling, and pain
• The person may develop a fever, sometimes with chills and sweats, as well as swelling in the area if the staph infection spreads
At Banville Law, we know how difficult this time is for you and your family. We understand that you will be experiencing a range of emotions. Our medical malpractice lawyers regularly file claims against these types of medi spa clinics that do not have proper safety and cleanliness procedures in place. You have legal rights and you deserve to be compensated for the pain and suffering you are going through. You may be entitled to substantial financial compensation depending on your circumstances. At Banville Law, we understand the medical expenses you may be incurred to treat your injury and to rectify the botched treatment. Our investigators and medical experts are skilled in identifying the problems. Let us do the work for you to restore you financially and gain just compensation through the legal system. Remember, it doesn’t cost you anything until we win for you.
Banville Law is located in Manhattan, New York. However, we have handled many lawsuits in the past involving the health and beauty industry. We know what to look for and how to handle these cases. As a result, we are accepting cases across the entire state of New York in this specific area.