Believe it or not, there is little to no regulation when it comes to cosmetic procedures!!!
The popularity of cosmetic procedures has led to companies seeking to sell as many devices as possible, along with a large number of medical cosmetic procedures that are performed by physicians, and non-physicians, who have no formal training in these procedures. This in turn has led to an increase in patients seeking medical attention for complications from such treatments. You wouldn’t let your mechanic fix your plumbing problems, so why would you chose any other specialist other than a dermatologist to fix your skin issues?
We encourage you to watch this below video of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Professor Dr. Rox Anderson, the dermatologist responsible for the development of today’s laser technology. You will very quickly realize the tremendous amount of physics knowledge it takes to wield a laser effectively and safely. Are you really going to trust a laser in the hands of someone who has little to no understanding of the science it entails?
A 2014 study by Harvard dermatologists showed that nearly 75% of recent lawsuits due to laser procedures occurred in the hands of a non-physician operators primarily in a medical spa setting. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery also finds that nearly half of responding dermatologists reported an increase in patients seeking treatment due to damage caused by non-physicians performing laser and light rejuvenation techniques, chemical peels, laser hair removal and other skin procedures. Sadly, many of these complications have resulted in permanent adverse events and even death.
The Connecticut and New York State legislatures are responsible for passing legislation to regulate the practice of medicine; however, patient safety legislation lags FAR behind the pace of the technological change. Thus, it is often up to YOU (the patient) to decide who can perform their desired cosmetic and medical treatments safely and effectively.
To learn more about patient safety or the non-physician practice of medicine please visit the website of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Their photo booklet of patient complications contains examples of complications from errors during cosmetic treatments (WARNING: this booklet contains graphic images).
At Connecticut Skin Institute, we are committed to patient safety in all of our procedures. Dr. Ibrahimi has dedicated his professional life to understanding the physiology of the skin, skin surgery, and cosmetic treatments so that he can provide the best and safest care for his patients.