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.
Dr. Jam is a successful medical and cosmetic dermatologist who posted a video online intended as a promotional video. His patients are suing claiming negligence. Learn more here.
Is it misuse to use medication for off-label uses? A patient sues after developing facial pain and other symptoms associated with the use of a topical for scabies. Is this physician guilty of practicing medicine outside the standard of care?
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.