New aesthetic practices may overlook a make-or-break standard business practice – establishing protocols and practice guidelines for procedures. If this seems obvious and you are rolling your eyes, you might be surprised to learn how many aesthetic practices don’t have them in place. Through discussions in the aesthetic nursing training classes we teach, many Aesthetic Nurses aren’t aware of their own state-specific rules. The results of practicing outside of their legally defined scope can put an end to a practice.
In order to know how to practice within your state’s legal limitations, you have to do the research. There is an abundance of information available online, but sometimes, it just doesn’t cover it. Getting your Medical Director involved early in the process can help. If they are knowledgeable and experienced in medical aesthetics, they may either be aware of the laws or know someone who is an expert that can help. Networking with experienced aesthetic nurse injectors within the same state is another source to look to.
Most established practices will already have guidelines, but if you are starting a practice, the guidelines need to be established. The guidelines you develop protect practitioners because in some circumstances, specific aspects of practice can be legally vague. Despite vague laws, your guidelines need to be clear in order to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes. When you’ve developed clear guidelines, your medical director needs to review for approval.
While your guidelines might be clear for your practice, that doesn’t mean they are clear in the eyes of the courts. After you’ve developed the protocols and practice guidelines, you should hire an outside legal consultant who has experience in aesthetic practices. They will ensure proper development and verbiage so that the practice is protected on every front.
At the Advanced Aesthetic Institute, we have legal consultants who can help provide the clarity your practice needs. If you research and develop your protocols and practice guidelines, we can make sure they are appropriate for the regulations in your state. Give us a call today to learn more about your state-specific aesthetic practice regulations.