About: Patient Safety
The popularity of cosmetic procedures and the growth and wide availability of effective non-invasive technologies have resulted in a large number of medical cosmetic procedures that are not performed by physicians trained in these procedures. This in turn has led to an increase in patients seeking medical attention for complications from such treatments.
In a recent survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery 41 percent of responding dermatological surgeons 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. Additionally, the importation and use of non-FDA approved or compounded substances have resulted in adverse events and even death.
State legislatures are responsible for passing legislation to regulate the practice of medicine, however patient safety legislation often cannot keep up with the pace of the technological change. Until states pass appropriate laws to regulate the practice of medical procedures, it is often up to 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 tratements (WARNING: this booklet contains graphic images).
At Union Square Laser Dermatology, we are committed to patient safety in all of our procedures. Dr. Chapas and Dr. MacGregor have extensive experience and training in the physiology of the skin, skin surgery, and cosmetic treatments so that they can provide the safest and most effective care for their patients.