Health Law Highlights

Do Cosmetic Injections Involve The Practice Of Medicine?

Summary of article from Hendershot & Cowart, by Keith Lefkowitz:

Cosmetic injections, such as Botox and dermal fillers, are considered the practice of medicine in Texas and can only be performed under the authority of a physician. Texas law has seen a series of criminal cases involving unlicensed practice of medicine and cosmetic injections, resulting in serious consequences. Practicing medicine without a license is a crime in Texas, with penalties ranging from state jail felonies to third degree felonies, depending on the harm caused. The Texas Medical Board and Attorney General can also impose civil penalties and issue cease-and-desist orders. Therefore, healthcare providers and med spa owners are advised to consult with a healthcare attorney to ensure regulatory compliance and patient safety.