Med Spa and Botox Advertising Requirements in Illinois

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Whether you are a large store front practice or an individually-owned mobile Botox practice, Illinois medical spas and aesthetic practices must follow strict guidelines when advertising their practice. Like any other business, medical spas and licensed providers of aesthetic treatments do have the right to advertise in the public media, as well as anywhere on their premises. The problem is that the industry is heavily regulated, including what can and cannot be included in this advertising.

What You Can Advertise

When you advertise your medical spa in the state, you are free to include all the following information.

  1. You can provide basic business details:
    1. Your spa’s name
    2. Office hours
    3. Address
    4. Contact information (phone number and email address)
  2. You can add specialization details to your ads, such as relevant board certifications and any limits to the practice.
  3. You may include details about services and applicable fees for routine services your spa offers. Include a notice that fees may change based on complications or any unexpected circumstances that arise during the execution of services.
  4. You may announce a grand opening, changes to hours, temporary closings, and restoration of full services.
  5. You may include changes to your staffs’ professional licensing.
  6. You may have both business cards and appointment cards produced for distribution.

What You Cannot Advertise

When you are establishing your advertisement, Illinois does not allow you to include the following information.

  1. You cannot compare your fees to other medical spas or licensed professionals, nor can you claim to be superior to your competitors.
  2. You cannot advertise services for which you do not have a license to perform.
  3. You cannot guarantee that your services will be successful or advertise results that are deceptive or fraudulent.
  4. You cannot prey on the fears of the public to give yourself an advantage.

Working Within the Regulations

Most of this sounds straightforward, but it can be more challenging when you start trying to advertise your business. Here’s a simpler breakdown that you can use as a checklist for your advertising campaigns.

Advertising Price

The trickiest aspect of advertising for a medical spa is the pricing. As mentioned, you can include the typical fees, including a disclaimer of any circumstances that could increase those fees, such as complications.

Do not include any fee costs or pricing that are misleading. If the costs could be higher than advertised, you must include those details about the costs.

Do not include competitor prices or fee comparisons for the same services. You can only include your own service fees.

Managing Testimonials and Endorsement

Until recently testimonials were banned, but because of concerns about the Constitutionality of the ban, the prohibition was lifted. However, using testimonials is strictly regulated, and you can expect scrutiny if you add them. To ensure that your advertisement complies with Illinois law, here is a quick list of what you need to do or what you should not do.

  1. Identify any person included in pictures if actors or models are used. In other words, if you use actors or models for your ads, you must identify that they are actors or models. You should not be using non-clients to give false expectations or unjustified potential results for your services or procedures.
  2. Do not include anything that is deceptive or fraudulent, including fake testimonials.
  3. Do not make any guarantees about the end results.
  4. Include any applicable disclaimers about the credentials of anyone who provides a testimonial.
  5. Get consent and authorization from your patients before you advertise any of their testimonials or endorsements.

Name and Credential Requirements

For MDs and DOs, the Illinois Board of Medicine requires physicians to be identified by name and title (or official abbreviations for the title) in all advertisements. For APRNs, the Illinois Nurse Practice Act requires any advertising of an APRN practice to include either the title “APRN” or the nurse’s credential initials (such as educational degrees and national certifications). Illinois APRNs should not advertise their “medical services” or as “medical directors” and should avoid using the term medical in their advertisements. Illinois APRNs serving in the medical director role to a medical spa have an aesthetic nursing practice and should advertise accordingly.

We Can Help

If you have questions about your license or need help with regulatory issues, then we invite you to call 1818 Legal to help you with your efforts.  We are experienced attorneys who are ready to help you protect the value of your business.  Call us today at (312) 584-5444 or fill out our online contact form.  Remember, 1818 knows government.

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Jordan Matyas is a lawyer, lobbyist, and Founder of 1818 Legal, an Illinois professional licensing defense law firm he created in 2014. With more than 18 years of experience practicing law, he represents clients in a wide range of legal matters, including professional license defense, administrative law, land use and zoning, and state, local, and municipal law.

Jordan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois — Chicago School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.