The California Society of Plastic Surgeons has been valiantly fighting for protections for plastic surgery patients, such as requiring surgery in accredited operating rooms, requiring insurers to cover breast cancer reconstruction, orthodontic treatment for cleft lip children, etc.
In recent years we have been battling efforts to extend the licenses of relatively untrained personnel to perform more and more treatments with lasers, injections, and so forth. We even lost a battle to protect patients from dentists doing facelifts.
The clear trend in California is to loosen training requirements and allow more people with inadequate training to dabble with lasers and fillers and botox.
In the meantime, regulators in the UK have recognized that they have a problem and are reducing what these unqualified people are allowed to do. http://www.access-legal.co.uk/
So while they are going in one direction, we are going in the other.
But plastic surgeons are but a small group. There are more dentists than plastic surgeons, and far more nurses and cosmetologists in the state than plastic surgeons. What does that mean? More votes.
So unless people speak up, things are going to get worse and worse until we have well-publicized disasters. And those disasters will occur. But just like the blind street corner that doesn’t get a stop sign until several people are killed, we are going to have to wait for more disasters until legislators to do the right thing.