Gov. Gray Davis has signed into law
three bills intended to protect Californians from deceptive
physicians and misleading before-and-after photos for cosmetic
The bills include one that will ban inaccurate cosmetic surgery
ads and those that make scientific claims that cannot be
Davis also signed a measure that will require physicians who say
they are "board certified'' to specify the source of that
certification. That will prevent a gynecologist, for example, from
implying in ads that he or she is a board-certified cosmetic
The third bill will require that a physician carry malpractice
insurance and have at least one staff member present when
performing plastic surgery in an outpatient facility.
Davis also vetoed a bill that would allow potential plastic
surgery patients to check the backgrounds of their surgeons by
logging onto the Internet.
The Democratic governor said Monday the bill would have been too
costly and might have left consumers with inaccurate information.
The laws, signed Sunday, take effect Jan. 1.
The bills follow a sharp increase in the use of cosmetic surgery
and in the number of doctors who perform the procedures in their
offices or clinics, sometimes with little or no specialized
The death rate for liposuction, a fat-removal procedure, is as
high as one in 5,000 nationwide, a state Senate analysis found.