Surgeons advocate tighter control of liposuction in Connecticut

Connecticut plastic surgeons are meeting at the state Capitol complex in Hartford to advocate passage of the bill addressing security at medical spas.

They are holding a Tuesday news conference to emphasize the importance of patient safety requirements at medical spas, that offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic services including liposuction and Botox injections.

A bill before the General Assembly would give the public health commissioner regulatory supervision for these services and demand a state-accredited physician be employed to manage operations.

Everyone who violates the new regulations would need to pay a fine of up to $500 each day.

State Legislators consider tightening rules for Liposuction in New Jersey

New Jersey lawmakers are mulling a proposition that would limit the operation of liposuction procedures in New Jersey to ASCs, hospitals and accredited office based facilities.

While cosmetic surgeons say the legislation is needed to guard patient safety, dermatologists working outside of non-accredited offices accuse the surgeons of trying to protect their business and create a restricted market.

For many years, dermatologists have been offering laser liposuction in New Jersey from office practices, based on a recent report. Plastic surgeons support the planned limitations due to concerns that more cosmetic cases will migrate from licensed facilities, where certification and their more extensive training ensure a higher level of patient safety.

The dermatologists answer that NJ’s current regulations are sufficient to safeguard patients, particularly since the office based practices just use local anesthesia, not the higher risk general anesthetic alternative. Plus, they notice, their prices to patients are even lower than ASCs’.

The Health and Senior Services Committee of New Jersey’s general assembly published its most recent version of the bill at the end of last year. The state senate’s Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee issued an accompanyin bill last week.

Liposuction still thriving in Greece, despite economic woes

More people are having cosmetic surgery in disaster wracked Greece than in almost any other nation on the planet. The rationale? It might come down to just wanting to look and feel better in the face of financial difficulty.

Based on Germany’s DerSpegel newspaper, in 2011, 142,394 aesthetic procedures were done in the nation of 11 million individuals. That is to say one in 79 Greeks had Botox injections or other procedures such as liposuction.

Worldwide, the Greeks ranked second only to south Koreans with regard to the amount of procedures done per capita.

Athanasios Athanaisiou, who opened his flourishing practice Athens Beverly Hills Medical Team at the peak of Greece’s economic crises in 2011, said ‘I think that if people aren’t doing well, it’s particularly important to hear others say: “Wow, you look terrific”.

‘I constantly saw the financial crisis as an opportunity.’

“Maybe they are getting less cash, but they are operating. We adjust ourselves to the marketplace.”

However there can also be another reason why so many Greeks are opting for cosmetic surgery – falling prices and more competition.

Yet here’s the thing, the fall in the price of particular processes might be more of a consequence of a fall in healthcare expense as a whole in Greece, which has found the authorities there slashing its funding by a third in three years. Whereas the Greek authorities spent 12 billion pounds (18 billion USD) on healthcare last year, in 2012 it just spent 8 billion (12.4 billion USD).

However there might become a real valid reason why so many Greeks are pursuing plastic surgery. As economic opportunities have dwindled many women are now once again being forced into improving their appearances as this for many has become their sole currency in getting ahead in a competitive jobs market.

Interestingly Greece is only one example of a nation where in fact the liposuction business flourishes in times of economic crisis. In America, also, lots of individuals have had cosmetic procedures despite the poor economy. Following the 2008 downturn, Americans spent less on rent, food and clothes, but more on liposuction, breast augmentations and gluteoplasty. This might justbe another way of saying that in times of economic woe it just may help to finally get round to that beauty treatment that may help you feel better about yourself, boosting your self esteem, confidence and success in the corporate jungle.