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Surgery at a spa? Buyer beware

New York Times, November 5, 2009

TriBeCa MedSpa in New York City is one of 1,800 medical spas in the United States, hybrid facilities that offer treatments like laser hair removal and liposuction alongside traditional spa fare. In recent years, the business has become a growth industry: from July 2007 to December 2008, the number of medical spas increased 85%, according to the International Spa Association, far outpacing the growth of day, destination, and resort spas. The kinds of procedures performed in medical spas has also increased. but despite the many well-regarded facilities like TriBeCa MedSpa, the rapidly growing industry is coming under increased scrutiny, the New York Times reports.