I couldn’t help but notice that my little cluster of wacky surgical news shared a common theme again this week. And the theme is … Duh!
Here are three news stories that prove that common sense is still a luxury that only a few of us get to experience.
1) Texas is considering requiring people who inject Botox and other dermal fillers to have some medical credentials.
What, are you surprised that you need a license to catch a fish but only need a pulse to inject substances into people’s faces? Well, don’t be. You have to be a doctor to purchase Botox, Restylane, Juverderm and other cosmetic injectables, but anybody can actually do the injecting in the majority of states. You don’t even have to complete a weekend course.
So, the next time you’re tempted to get a little cheap Botox at the tanning salon, just remember that the girl injecting you probably spent more time in training on how to clean the tanning beds. At least in Texas, they are considering some additional credentials for injectors. To Texas I say, good thinking. To the rest of the states, I say … Duh!
2) Not to be outdone in the common sense department by Texas, New Jersey is also considering a new law that would prohibit Botox injections for cosmetic purposes in people under 18 years old.
If a teen, or an 8-year-old beauty contestant, wants Botox, a doctor would be required to sign the kid’s chart to verify the procedure is medically necessary. (Botox is used successfully for some medical conditions like migraine headaches, spasticity, and excessive perspiration among other things). This “Duh” law is an excellent use of money and time for cash-strapped New Jersey, don’tcha think?
3) Finally this week, the biggest “Duh” award goes to actual medical professionals with actual surgical training in Texas. I can’t make this up, so just brace yourself.
When a hospital tech underwent a tonsillectomy at the hospital in which he worked, he was the victim of several practical jokes while under general anesthesia. Nurses painted his fingernails and toenails pink, taped his thumb into his mouth, wrote “Kris was here” and “Barb was here” on the bottom of his feet and then continued to tease him about the whole incident when he returned to work. And duh … wait for it … he’s suing them and the hospital.
Join me again next week as I continue to track the decline of civilized society as told through the strange and varied tales of plastic surgery.