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A Word From Dr. Bissoon
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

How Estheticians Practice Medicine Without a License
While working on a patient today, I could hear my office manager speaking on the phone to someone in an alarmed voice. She then looked at me and said,"you need to speak with this woman, she went to a Spa and the Esthetician offered her Mesotherapy for weight loss". I went to the phone and introduced myself to the woman who was freaking out. She wanted to know if Estheticians can perform Mesotherapy. I told her they are not licensed to inject in any state. She then proceeded to tell me that the Esthetician told her it was safe and the materials used were from vegetables. She was so concerned about this procedure being offered to her by a non physician, that she went home and googled Mesotherapy and found www.Mesotherapy.com. She proceeded to read the Patient Warning and then called my office.

She wanted to know which authority to report this person. She was going to call the Medical Board, I advised her to call the District Attorney's office, since the Medical Board has no jurisdiction over Estheticians. The patient was really concerned since she had a heart problem and the Esthetician told her it was ok. She was shocked that someone in a spa with no medical credentials could casually offer to perform a medical procedure. I asked her if she knew where the medications came from. She told me the Esthetician told her they were "ampoules", the source was not mentioned and the components were not disclosed. In fact, she said the Esthetician barely spoke English. I seriously doubt the esthetician knew what is in the ampoulues.

This is very disturbing. Recently, an Esthetician was arrested in Kansas for performing Lipodissolve. Estheticians do not have any medical skills to inject, evaluate and treat patients. If this was the case, potential physicians can skip College and Medical School and take a training course to become an esthetician. Then they can go out and practice medicine.

Unfortunately, patients are becoming victims by going to spas for Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve. Many patients feel it is cheaper so they think its ok, however, once there is a problem they cry wolf. They seem to forget they made the decision to get a medical procedure by someone who is not qualified.

I am thrilled this woman who called my office today, did the right thing by doing her research. It is my hope that she follows through with reporting this to the right authorities.

Estheticians, massage therapist, LPN's, and nurses are not licensed to practice medicine. Nurses, LPN's, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants need a physician supervision to perform Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve injections.

For more information on who is qualified to practice Mesotherapy check out the patient warning page on www.mesotherapy.com

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posted by Dr. Lionel Bissoon

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