SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate approved a bill Monday to further regulate cosmetic medical procedures and use of certain instruments to perform them.

Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, said SB40 was a "compromise" bill among "a lot of different people that provide a lot of different levels of health care in our state."

The intent of the bill is to clarify the types of procedures and uses of instruments that must be medically supervised. Hair removal could be conducted without direct physician oversight. Procedures that involve removing tissue below the skin do require an examination by physician, Knudson said. Requirements for training and education would also be increased under the bill.

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said his law firm has handled the cases of people who were scarred by procedures performed in "medical spas."

Before the bill's final vote, Valentine pushed through an amendment that would require businesses that represent themselves as "medical spas" to have a physician, nurse practitioner or osteopathic physician on the premises.

Marjorie Cortez