Seek Out a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon…Even for Laser Hair Removal

A recent study in the journal, JAMA Dermatology reviews lawsuits filed after receiving skin treatments with a medical-grade laser. The most common procedure leading to a lawsuit was laser hair removal. The study reviewed whether lawsuits increased when the treatment was provide by a NPO (nonphysician operator). Take a look at these very telling statistics from the study:

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Just like on Halloween, anyone can dress up and act like a doctor. But check their credentials first!

“Despite the fact that approximately only one-third of laser hair removal procedures are performed by NPOs, 75.5% of hair removal lawsuits from 2004 to 2012 were performed by NPOs. From 2008 to 2012, this number increased to 85.7%. Most cases (64.0%) by NPOs were performed outside of a traditional medical setting.”

Interestingly, even though a MINORITY of these procedures were performed by non-doctors, a MAJORITY of the lawsuits came after laser skin treatment by non-doctors. This isn’t to suggest that doctors performing laser hair removal have no complications but as a plastic surgeon that is familiar with treating acute burns, I am more prepared to help a patient with recovery after one of these unfortunate reactions as opposed to a nonphysician with no training in burn or wound care.

Also, as found in the study, if you’re having your laser treatment in the mall or in some other non-clinic setting, take a second to ask yourself what you’re doing. You should not be surprised if you have an untoward effect after treatment in a hotel room!

I usually find myself talking about the risks of cosmetic surgery with a non-plastic surgeon but even when it comes to non-invasive procedures, don’t assume those treatments are harmless. It’s still important to seek out a board certified plastic surgeon.

Speaking of getting treatment in a mall or hotel room, what’s the craziest location you’ve heard of someone having medical treatment?

Click here for the original blog post written by Dr. Jonathan Kaplan for BuildMyBod.?

“Dr. Kaplan is a true professional. He gave me extremely helpful and direct honest advice…I strongly recommend him.”– David S.

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