TN bill would regulate some cosmetic procedures - WSMV Channel 4

TN bill would regulate some cosmetic procedures

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Customers may have to find somewhere new to go for certain cosmetic procedures. A new fight at the state capitol centers on who should be allowed to perform treatments like chemical peels.

The bill would require estheticians who perform procedures, such as laser hair removal or BOTOX, to be under a doctor's supervision.

Supporters said some patients are being scarred for life by people who aren't properly trained to perform the procedures.

Estheticians and cosmetologists came to the Capitol Wednesday to show their opposition and said the bill could cost jobs and drive up costs for those procedures.

"If the doctor has to perform your service, how much more is it going to be," said Adam Brown, with Tennessee Laser Institute. "You go in for a laser hair removal, and the doctors do it, then I can promise you it's going to be significantly more than going to a licensed laser technician."

The bill passed a Senate committee, but it is likely dead now after being sent back to a House subcommittee.

The Senate sponsor said he plans to bring the bill back next year, because he said too many people are being hurt.

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