Recently, there has been some controversy surrounding the safety of cosmetic laser treatments, as mentioned in the Arizona Republic article “Cosmetic Care Via Laser Can Be Risky” on Sunday October 12, 2014 (link to article). This article discusses whether our patients should be concerned about a possible personal injury from energy-based procedures (i.e. Laser Vein Reduction, Laser Hair reduction, IPL, etc). Personal injury risks can vary but the primary danger associated with Laser treatments is damage to the eyes that can lead to vision impairment. This danger is easily mitigated by proper use of safety eyewear, for the patient and laser technician, therefore minimizing risk of eye damage and/or impaired vision.
So what should patients be concerned about when it comes to cosmetic laser treatments and their personal safety? The most common risk associated with laser procedures is burning of the skin that can lead to permanent scars and hypo-pigmentation (permanently lightening to the skin). Anytime you consult someone for laser treatments or any energy based modality, there are potential risks that should be discussed with you by your provider prior to treatment. If the potential risk has not been brought to your attention and you have not been consulted about your treatment options, this could be an indication that that facility is not your best choice and may harm you.
With so many laser clinics saturating the Arizona market today here are some key factors to consider when seeking a provider for your laser treatments. First and foremost look for a Cosmetic Laser Technician who carries a certification that has been accredited by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency. What does this mean for you? You can be certain that the individual providing your laser treatment has at the very least participated in a 40 hour didactic and Laser Safety Officer course followed by no less than 48 hours of hands on experience with 2 different laser systems.
Patients can further reduce personal injury risk if the laser service and/or energy based modality is performed within a medical facility. Laser services provided within a medical facility, while a physician is in office, ensure the most comprehensive care and highest personal safety if there were any unforeseen complications to arise while you are being treated. For instance, Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery is a fully licensed medical facility and overseen by Dr. Robert Guyette, a double degree Oral Maxillofacial surgeon. Extensive training is required of the Guyette MediSpa staff and this ensures patient confidence when seeking any type of treatment but especially laser services. The Doctors expertise in facial rejuvenation coupled with close supervision of his Cosmetic Laser Techs yields a proven track record reflected in the highest patient satisfaction with the laser procedures performed in an office.
We welcome you to explore the many advanced treatments offered in the Guyette MediSpa as well as the Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center. Book your consultation today with our team to discuss with you any goals or concerns that you have. Then we will develop a personalized treatment plan, which is essential to achieving your best results!