Florida Bill Aims at Reducing Dangerous Plastic Surgery Errors
Plastic surgery has become commonplace, with large numbers of both women and men throughout Florida either seeking to erase the signs of aging or to improve on the hand nature dealt them with. As a result, doctors are rushing to provide both invasive and non-invasive procedures in their offices and at prices designed to fit any budget. Unfortunately, this had led to a rash of medical mistakes and errors, some which have resulted in fatal injuries. In response, a new bill is being proposed that would provide increased oversight, while increasing penalties for doctors who fail to follow safety regulations.
Cosmetic Surgery Errors in South Florida Draw National Attention
An abundance of cosmetic surgery clinics have sprung up throughout Florida, offering low cost procedures to patients throughout the state. They advertise extensively on social media, promising an Instagram worthy appearance to both men and women through quick procedures provided in office and offered at discount pricing. Unfortunately, after a string of deaths in South Florida, the clinics have attracted attention from the press and have sparked disciplinary actions from the Florida Board of Medicine.
According to a February 7, 2019 report by NBC News 6, both local and national news sources have conducted extensive investigations on the cosmetic surgery related deaths of eight women at two medical clinics in Miami. As a result of their reporting, the Board decided to revisit its rules regarding how cosmetic surgery clinics operate. Additional groups, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, had previously issued warnings about the dangers of liposuction and gluteal fat grafting procedures, otherwise known as Brazilian butt lifts, offered by the clinics.
Allegations center on the issue that inexperienced doctors who lack the proper training or certification are performing potentially dangerous surgeries, in settings that are ill-equipped and unable to care for patients properly when problems arise.
Florida Lawmakers Consider Tighter Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery Industry
In response to the cosmetic surgery deaths plaguing the southern part of the Sunshine State, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami has proposed Florida Senate Bill 732. The bill would revise where certain types of cosmetic surgeries could be performed while requiring clinics to register with the Department of Health.
Increasing what has traditionally been lax regulations regarding the cosmetic surgery industry in Florida, it would also require surgeons who perform more invasive procedures to be registered with the state. Those who fail to follow the new requirement face strict penalties, including the loss of their license to practice.
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