The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a policy statement on the obstetrician/gynecologist’s role in cosmetic procedures: “The obstetrician/gynecologist may provide services that fill a need not adequately met in commercial sites, provide safer or more efficacious treatments than those available in nonmedical settings, or provide services as a convenience to patients. Obstetrician/gynecologists who offer procedures typically provided by other specialists should possess an equivalent level of competence.”1
If litigation arises from the performance of a cosmetic procedure, the provider will be held to the standards of the specialty that govern that procedure.
Consult your state laws, regulations, and medical and nursing board guidelines on the role of advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical or vocational nurses, physician assistants, and medical assistants in cosmetic procedures. States differ in the types of procedures permitted under a licensee’s or unlicensed assistant’s scope of practice.
If your ob/gyn practice intends to offer cosmetic services, notify The Doctors Company to ensure professional liability coverage.