Petition Closed
Petitioning Representative Mike Sparks and 2 others

Limit cosmetic laser surgery to Medical Professionals ONLY!

THANK YOU TO SENATOR JIM TRACY AND REP. MIKE SPARKS FOR WORKING SO HARD ON THIS ISSUE.    video of Senate hearing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkAR0ySgQGw

My wifes life has been destroyed, she was injured at the age of 37 and will live with pain from nerve damage for the rest of her life due to an aesthetician using cosmetic lasers. The spa sent her home swollen just as you see her in the center photo above. She was having trouble breathing and her eyes had already been damaged. The careless and reckless behavior of these facilities has already cost lives in other states!

Story in the Tennessean http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120507/NEWS07/305070034/Lack-regulation-raises-medical-spa-safety-issues

PLEASE HELP US STOP THESE INJURIES.

PLEASE GO HERE TO SEE OTHER VICTIMS PHOTOS AND INFORMATION https://www.facebook.com/pages/PUBLIC-WARNING-ON-COSMETIC-LASERS/108499625860648

Medical spas have grown into a multi-billion dollar industry during the last 10 years. Are they safe? Who is regulating them?

Many have jumped at the opportunity to enter this lucrative field.

Some salons and spas in Tennessee are offering Cosmetic Laser Surgery and using injectables which are the Practice of Medicine. Medical procedures at a salon?  Massage and facelift in one stop? 

What medical education does a Hair stylist , Cosmetologist or Aesthetician have that would allow them to use medical/surgical equipment? The answer of course is NONE unless they can show you a medical degree.

They have no medical background what so ever and Tennssee does not license these procedures, so if you are told " I am a licensed laser tech" ask where the license came from. 

Aestheticians are PROHIBITED from performing these procedures by the Cosmetology Board Rules which state - Skin removal techniques and practices which affect the living layers of facial skin, known as the dermis, are prohibited. refer to TCA  rule 0440-2-16   Bottom of page 7   http://www.tn.gov/sos/rules/0440/0440-02.pdf

It isn't a JOKE.....and many have paid the price, some have sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns, nerve damage, eye damage and some have paid with their life.

THIS PETITION ASKS THAT THESE SURGICAL DEVICES BE LIMITED TO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ONLY.  SOME STATES HAVE LIMITED THEM TO PHYSICIANS IN THEIR SCOPE OF PRACTICE SUCH AS PLASTIC SURGEONS AND DERMATOLOGIST. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PROVIDED FOR TENNESSEE PLEASE LEAVE YOUR OPINION IN THE COMMENT BOX!

If you have been injured in one of these facilites please contact us at cosmeticlaserinjury@comcast.net

Shiri Berg's Story:

On December 28, 2004, the 22-year-old college student planned to head to Premier Body Laser and Skin Clinic in Raleigh, NC, for laser hair removal. At home, she covered herself with a numbing gel the clinic had sold her to prepare her skin. But as she drove to the medical spa, Berg had a seizure. She soon lapsed into a coma and died 8 days later.

An autopsy concluded that Berg had suffered lethal brain damage from an overdose of the numbing gel, a potent combination of lidocaine, tetracaine, and phenylephrine. Under North Carolina law, doctors are supposed to take a medical history or perform a physical exam before writing any prescriptions. Premier had no doctors on site, yet the staff routinely dispensed the gel, which is safe only on small patches of skin.


Read more: http://www.prevention.com/beauty/beauty/medical-spa-risks#ixzz1tFtkRaeM

APPROXIMATELY 8 STATES HAVE YET TO RESTRICT THESE PROCEDURES AND TENNESSEE IS ONE OF THEM.  However, Senator Jim Tracy and Rep. Mike Sparks among others in the TN General Assembly are working hard on this issue now.

LOOK AT WHAT CALIFORNIA HAS DONE

Medi-spa industry California

Alternative patient treatment sites, often called "medi-spas," have become a major, and

often misleading, presence in the medical cosmetic skin care field - a phenomenon witnesses

before the Board regularly referred to as an "industry" serving "clients." They may be

freestanding locations, or are routinely located in potential high-volume locales such as shopping

malls or centers.

"Medical spas are marketing vehicles for medical procedures. If they are offering

medical procedures, they must be owned by physicians. The use of the term 'medical spa' is for

advertising purposes to make the procedures seem more appealing. In reality, however, it is the

practice of medicine.

The Medical Board, however, is concerned when medicine is being marketed like a

pedicure, and consumers are led to believe that being injected, lasered, and resurfaced requires

no more thought than changing hair color.

Medical treatments should be performed by medical professionals only. There is risk to

any procedure, however minor, and consumers should be aware of those risks. While it is illegal

for unlicensed personnel to provide these types of treatments, consumers should be aware that

some persons and firms are operating illegally. Cosmetologists, while licensed professionals and

highly qualified in superficial treatments such as facials and microdermabrasion, may never

inject the skin, use lasers, or perform medical-level dermabrasion or skin peels. Those types of

treatments must be performed by qualified medical personnel.

 

link to full article -

http://www.medbd.ca.gov/board/meetings/materials_2008_04-24_fullboard-6.pdf

 

OTHER RESOURCES and SUPPORT GROUP: IPL AND LASER DAMAGE SUPPORT and PUBLIC WARNING ON COSMETIC LASERS

 

Letter to
Representative Mike Sparks
Tennessee General Assembly
Senator JIm Tracy
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Tennessee General Assembly.

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Regulate medspas and limit cosmetic medical procedures (including lasers and injectables) to Medical Professionals ONLY and provide physician supervision! Plus add training requirements, right now in Tennessee 1500 hrs are required to cut hair , 0 to operate a cosmetic laser device!


Injuries have occured across the country during cosmetic laser use. Victims have injuries ranging from scarring on various parts of the body including the face, nerve damage, eye damage and deaths have occued in medspas in other states. Protect Tennesseans Now.


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Sincerely,