In a recent article in The New York Times, it was reported on the risks posed by laser hair-removal procedures by non-physician operators (NPOs). If the treatments are “performed improperly, they can cause disfiguring injuries and severe burns in sensitive areas, like the bikini line and the mustache area above the lips, and, rarely, even death.”
According to a study published Oct. 16 in JAMA Dermatology, “the percentage of lawsuits over laser surgery that involved a non-physician operator rose to 78 percent in 2011 from 36 percent in 2008.” The study concludes that “physicians … should be aware of their state laws, especially in regard to physician supervision of NPOs.”
ALWAYS be sure to use practitioners that are properly trained and properly supervised, if the procedures are not done by a licensed physician.
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