Dear Members, Colleagues and Industry Professionals:
As so many of you have now become aware, the Texas Medical Board has recently promulgated Rule 193.17.
This Rule greatly impacts the aesthetics community, as it essentially deems that use of all light based treatments when performed by an FDA approved medical device, other than for laser hair removal, as well as the injection of BOTOX and/or facial fillers constitutes the practice of medicine.
As such, light based treatments such as Tattoo Removal, IPL Photo Skin Rejuvenation, Non-invasive Body Contouring are now to be performed after a prescription is first issued to the patient – requiring either a mid-level practitioner (PA, NP) or a physician to first conduct a medical evaluation of a patient, chart a prescribed course of treatment, to then delegate the performance of the treatment to a non-licensed medical practitioner or RN/LVN.
The Texas Laser Institute – Association of Laser Professionals is currently performing a review and study of the new rule and expects to challenge the TMB. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com to be placed on an interested party list or to learn more about our trade organization.