Laser Treatments Gone Bad: Skinspirations Stresses Extensive Research Before Procedures

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Tampa Bay-based non-surgical cosmetic center Skinspirations details the dangers of receiving laser treatments from an unqualified provider, and what to look for in a legitimate practitioner.

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Outer appearances have become increasingly important today—a recent study shows that looks are directly related to a person’s career success, including wages and promotions (1). In their quest to improve what they believe to be surface imperfections, many Americans are turning to cosmetic procedures such as laser treatments. In response, Tampa Bay non-surgical cosmetic center Skinspirations warns the public of the potential complications of botched laser treatments, and what to look for when seeking the procedures.

Laser treatments have recently grown in popularity, but their benefits do not come without risks—laser hair removal treatments, particularly those performed by non-physicians, are the most commonly litigated laser procedure (2). Dr. Cynthia Elliott, owner of Skinspirations, says an absence of established training standards for laser beauty work allows the procedures to sometimes be performed by people who lack the proper qualifications—and, per Dr. Elliott, unskilled individuals performing laser procedures can often cause dire consequences, including:

● Severe and/or permanent burning or scarring;
● Changes in skin pigmentation; and
● Bacterial infection.

With a practice devoted exclusively to cosmetic and laser procedures, Dr. Elliott is often sought out to perform laser treatments. She offers three tips to consider before choosing a practitioner to perform the procedures:

1. Look for clinics and practitioners whose main focus is aesthetic or nonsurgical practices. Select someone with years of experience in performing laser treatments.

2. Most reputable clinics offer free consultations to those who are curious about cosmetic procedures. This is a great opportunity to check out the premises and ask the following important questions:

a. What are your qualifications? (Look for a board-certified practitioner.)

b. How many times have you done this procedure? (There is no ideal number, but a find a physician who does the procedure several times a day on average.)

c. What are the potential complications and risks? (It raises a red flag if a practitioner promises a “risk-free procedure”—this does not exist, as all procedures have some associated danger.)

3. Ensure that follow-up services are offered. (It is good practice to follow up with patients at two weeks to make sure that the desired result was achieved.)

Skinspirations offers patients a variety of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including laser peels and micropeels, hair removal, tattoo removal and vein treatments. Dr. Elliott’s specialties also include:

● Photodynamic therapy, which treats sun damage, brown spots and precancerous areas, while also improving skin texture; and

● Laser resurfacing and Profractional laser treatments, which can improve fine lines, wrinkles, poor texture, stretch marks and scars.

Because of her expertise, Dr. Elliott is also a certified trainer who teaches other medical practitioners how to correctly use lasers. Dr. Elliott is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc..

For more information on Skinspirations, or to schedule an evaluation, visit http://www.skinspirations.com/.

About Dr. Cynthia Elliott and Skinspirations:

Cynthia Elliott, M.D., is the board-certified owner of Skinspirations, located in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Elliott obtained her M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and then completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has been on staff at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital, University Community Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital, and has served on the faculty of the USF School of Medicine. Dr. Elliott currently serves as an expert witness in Cosmetic Medicine for the Florida Board of Medicine. Her company, ExpertEsthetics, provides online video training in advanced injection techniques, as well as hands-on technique training for other practitioners. Dr. Elliott also is a national and international trainer for Cutera Lasers, training other physicians in the use of aesthetic lasers with skin of all colors. Skinspirations specializes exclusively in rejuvenation, enhancement and anti-aging treatments for the face and body. With her staff of aesthetic experts, you know you’ll get the best results obtainable. Dr. Elliott has been in practice for over 20 years, and has the experience and reputation to have been chosen by the makers of Botox® Cosmetic and Juvederm to train other physicians and practitioners in her techniques. For more information, visit http://www.skinspirations.com/.

1.Hall, Allan. “Looks Are as Important as Brains to Career Success, Says New Study.” Dailymail.co.uk. Mail Online, 21 Dec. 2011. Web. 25 July 2013. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077056/Looks-important-brains-career-success-says-new-study.html.

2.Walsh, Nancy. “Malpractice: Laser Surgery Lawsuits Surge.” Medpagetoday.com. MedPage Today, 20 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 July 2013. medpagetoday.com/Surgery/LaserSurgery/37466.

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