Opinion: More oversight is needed for cosmetic surgery spas

08/19/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The recent case of a 39-year-old woman dying after she received breast implants from a doctor who was not certified in plastic surgery highlights the need for greater regulation of spas. In Massachusetts, for example, the Medical Board of Registry does not require doctors to limit procedures to their areas of expertise, though it urges them to do so, a board spokesman said. Patients should also be sure to "understand the risks they are taking when they voluntarily undergo any medical procedure, however common or casual it may seem," this editorial recommends.

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