Cosmetic procedures such as Botox, collagen injections and skin resurfacing treatments that were once reserved for the doctor’s office are now appearing in strip malls across America. As long as the practitioner is licensed, there are few rules and regulations regarding the presence of a ‘Botox shop’ in the local mall or shopping plaza.
Many quick-fix procedures can be performed in under 30 minutes, making them a valuable option for anyone who wants to get their treatment over lunch break. Procedures available at strip malls and the local mall are typically licensed by the state as electrology facilities and not health care clinics, so if you experience any complications with the procedure, you may need to go elsewhere to receive the care you need.
Many simple procedures such as Botox and skin resurfacing procedures do present some risks, even though they can be performed in a relatively short period of time. Botox and other injections may cause some redness and swelling, but these effects typically subside after a few hours. Collagen injections can cause an adverse allergic reaction in some people, so the practitioner may require a test injection before the complete procedure can be administered. Skin resurfacing procedures do run the risk of severe skin burns, and may require several days of recovery.
Strip mall procedures are on the rise as more people look for affordable, quick-fix procedures outside of the traditional medical spa setting. However, experts say that it’s still important for consumers to do some research about the practice or facility before considering undergoing skin treatments, getting Botox, or undergoing laser hair removal at a strip mall. Only state-certified practitioners are allowed to perform procedures such as laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and collagen injections. Electrologists are permitted to perform laser hair removal under the direct supervision of a physician on staff.