This Colorado Springs woman suffered intense burns to her neck trying to remove sun damage.
Another woman repeatedly visited a laser clinic to remove a brown lesion. It actually was malignant skin cancer and now requires reconstructive surgery.
They're photos of two of Dr. Nate Trookman's patients.
This Colorado Springs dermatologist says he gets at least one call a week from patients who have gone to a clinic or spa where a medical procedure was performed ... when a doctor wasn't even in the building.
That's because they're required to have a medical director on staff, but not physically on the premises.
Dr. Trookman says, "If you're going to be doing these procedures and you need a medical license to order products... they should be done in a physician's office and where there's a full time physician on site at all times. That would eliminate where people would go if there was a complication."
Right now Colorado has vague guidelines in this area... stating a doctor doesn't necessarily have to be on site as long as he or she is within 30 minutes of the clinic.
Betsy Philips, who operates The American Skin Beauty and Health Center... is a registered nurse who has worked in the field 25 years. She says her medical supervisor is a doctor who is always reachable by phone and is just three minutes away. She says the proposed change would be devastating to her.
Philips says, "It would literally throw me into bankruptcy and there's going to be a lot of people that would be put out. If the concern is... and I'm concerned too... I'm very concerned there's not one corner of this city that you can't find an injectible. I'm concerned I would educate the public more about looking at credentials.")
Dr. Trookman and others will appear before the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners in Denver to ask for more stringent guidelines.
At this point... It's just discussion, but this topic is one that's taking place among doctors across the country... since spas and clinics are popping up just about everywhere. We'll keep you posted.
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