Ob-Gyns Switching to Medical Spa Services

Many ob-gyns are leaving their specialties to practice open medical spas, the New York Times reports. Ob-gyn's have a ready-made female audience, and cosmetic medicine is attractive because the treatments are not covered by insurance. Doctors can also set their own hours and avoid emergency calls.

Some doctors have criticized the practice, saying cosmetic treatments cannot be safely preformed by physicians without special training in dermatology or plastic surgery, according to the Times. Some doctors from other fields entering cosmetic medicine say the cosmetic procedures are less complicated than caesarean sections or other procedures. In addition, they say they can learn the fundamentals of cosmetic medicine in continuing education classes, the Times reports (Singer, New York Times, 11/30).