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Florida Dentist Office Doubles as a Beauty Spa

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Scary lights, intrusive equipment and high-pitched sounds that make you squirm are what normally come to mind when one thinks of a visit to the dentist’s office.

Not so for the patients of Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., a dentist office that doubles as a beauty spa.

“There are about 30 to 40 million Americans who suffer from dental anxiety,” Dr. Patty, whose real name is April Patterson, told ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga.  “I wanted to do everything I can to make those clients feel like they are not at the dentist.”

To do that, Patterson created an office that is definitely not your father’s dentist’s office.  Her version features treatments you’d get at your everyday spa -- from facials to massages to eyelash extensions and a brow bar -- along with the typical dental work.

“I offer high-end, quality dental services along with a full menu of spa services,” Patterson said.

“I can give you a great example of how all the services kind of work together,” she said.  “A client is coming in to have their dental veneers done.  They come in an hour early [and] they can have a facial or a massage while their valium takes effect.  They come in to start their dental procedure and they’re nice and relaxed.”

Patterson said her combination dental office and spa is about more than just cosmetics.

“This is not just about teeth,” she said.  “This is also about building confidence and changing lives.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Spa Cosmetic Procedures Can Be Risky

WPLG/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Florida woman's quest for more youthful skin turned deadly this past July when her face became dangerously swollen after she received vitamin injections at a day spa.

Isabel Gonzalez paid nearly $900 for "facial rejuvenation" injections at Viviana's Body Secrets Spa in Doral, Fla.  After receiving the treatments, her face started to swell and became infected, and she soon landed in the hospital for more than two months.  Doctors fear her face may be permanently deformed.

According to the Doral police department arrest report, the spa owner, Viviana Ayala, was arrested this past week on a slew of charges including aggravated battery and practicing medicine without a license.  Ayala wasn't trained or certified to deliver facial injections and has denied all charges through her lawyer, Milena Abreu.  She wasn't even a licensed massage therapist as she advertised on her website.

Experts are alarmed at how often this scenario has been repeated.  According to the organization Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Research, more than eight million people underwent cosmetic treatments to freshen up their appearance last year.  Treatments included Botox, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing, and consumers might not be aware of the risks.

"Cosmetic procedures are now so mainstream there's a misperception that it's like getting your hair done," said Dr. Leo R. McCafferty, a board certified plastic surgeon who is president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  "They are inherently safe, but this is predicated on [their] being delivered by properly trained professionals in a properly equipped facility."

ASAPS recommends that cosmetic procedures be performed only by board certified plastic surgeons or dermatologists in an accredited facility, although some states also allow registered nurses and physician's assistants to deliver therapies under doctors' supervision.  Members of the ASAPS, and similar professional organizations, are required to operate only in certified centers or hospitals.

Some spas meet these criteria, but even if a facility brands itself a "medispa," that's no guarantee of proper oversight.  A clinic may claim it's affiliated with a board certified plastic surgeon, but a surgeon might only show up to check charts once a month.  Or a spa may try to pass off a practitioner who has no medical training as a cosmetic surgeon.  Although this is illegal in some states, McCafferty said, no one's really checking.

Dr. Nima Patel, a plastic surgeon at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., said spas can mislead consumers in other ways, too.

"Most people know they probably shouldn't get an injection from the same person who gives them a massage but don't think twice about letting a dentist or a physician who doesn't have intensive training in a cosmetic specialty give them an injection," she said.  "In some spa settings, this is who is delivering the services."

Patel also emphasized the importance of making sure the attending professional maintains privileges at a nearby hospital and remains on the premises when cosmetic procedures are done.  If there are side effects or complications, a patient can be transferred to the emergency room.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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