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AmSpa Launches First Ever State-By-State Summary of Medical Spa Laws

Posted: July 31, 2013

The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), in partnership with local health care attorneys in over 30 states, has officially launched a website that summarizes the state-specific laws and regulations affecting medical spas and laser centers across the country. Developed in response to the overwhelming need for regulatory information related to the exploding med spa industry, this website is the only resource that provides comprehensive summaries of state medical spa laws and regulations.

"Med[ical] spa owners and industry professionals have complained for years about a lack of information relative to what med spas can and cannot do," said Alex Thiersch, attorney, founder and director of AmSpa. "It was often impossible to locate even basic information on regulatory issues because the laws in each state are confusing and difficult to find."

But now, Amspa's state law summaries, found on AmSpa's website,, provide the answers to questions such as "who can own a med[ical] spa", "who can inject Botox", and "does a physician need to see every patient prior to treatment?" (check out the summaries here.)

"Every state has different laws governing med[ical] spas and laser centers," says Steven H. Dayan, MD, award-winning Chicago rhinoplasty expert and cosmetic surgeon. "Additionally, who can perform laser treatments may vary by state. It is prudent for all medical providers and owners of a 'medispa' to be certain they are meeting their individual state regulations." AmSpa's goal, according to Thiersch, is to ensure providers like Dayan have the information they need at their fingertips.

AmSpa, which was launched in early 2013, has taken a unique approach to summarizing each state's laws. Instead of summarizing the laws on its own, AmSpa has entered into partnerships with local medical spa attorneys in each state. These attorneys, who have experience navigating the health care regulations in their state, provide answers to the regulatory questions that have gone unanswered for years. The attorneys are also available to offer consultation to industry professionals in need of legal help.

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