Legal Troubles For A Shady Chicago Medspa

If you're wary of ads luring you into Lipodissolve, an unproven form of mesotherapy, your instincts are accurate. And now, a Chicago chain of medspas is facing some potentially costly consequences for performing and promoting this and other questionable procedures.

Should you opt to undergo Lipodissolve, it should be performed or overseen by a qualified physician, but according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, that was never an option or reality at Nu U Med Spas. The chain enticed customers with fat-melting promises that haven't been substantiated by studies or FDA approval.

"These procedures have yet to be thoroughly researched and sanctioned by the proper medical authorities," Madigan said. "Despite lacking concrete scientific evidence, Nu U purposefully misleads consumers into believing that their medical spa treatments are safe and effective. I'm very concerned that the health and safety of Illinois consumers who visit Nu U Med Spas are at risk."

In fact, several customers who underwent treatments at Nu U have ended up not only in pain, but in the operating room. Local news outlets report at least one of 40 complaining patients required surgery to excise scar tissue that built up around the injection site.

The pain isn't just physical-it's financial. Nu U is accused of making customers pay thousands of dollars up front for a series of treatments and not returning the money if the customer doesn't complete those treatments. Madigan says Nu U puts excessive pressure on would-be patients to sign misleading and unreviewed contracts, medical consent papers and financing forms.

Members of both the ASAPS and ASPS have spoken out against unproven procedures, especially when performed by someone other than an appropriate doctor.

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