There is increasing patient injury and legal action from cutaneous laser surgery, particularly when performed by non-physicians and especially when performed outside of traditional medical settings such as medical spas, a study shows.
Laser technologies can be an added benefit to your practice, but be a smart consumer, experts say.
Laser technology may be one of the most important purchases for a dermatology practice. Anne Chapas, M.D., of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York, suggests that physicians do their research before making such an important investment. “I’ve actually seen people go bankrupt because they didn’t know how to use this very expensive laser that they purchased,” she said. Dr. Chapas suggests the following considerations before making your first purchase.
Aesthetic practices that provide laser and light-based therapies should be cognizant of legal issues that may affect the practice. “Legal issues arise in all facets of medicine. However, in cosmetics, the patient’s expectation of outcomes is often in conflict with that of the clinician. There is a heightened potential for patient dissatisfaction that can ultimately lead to legal action,” says Dr. Mathew Avram.