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Can an esthetician in NY perform laser skin resurfacing under the supervision of my surgeon?

Q:

It was a board certified plastic surgeon that I consulted with for several procedures. After, I was told by a friend that estheticians are not allowed to perform laser treatments except hair removal. Is this true? The more I research it the more I find estheticians performing this service. I don't know what to believe. I certainly want to go to a qualified person.

A:

 Laser Resurfacing can be a rather extensive procedures. Resurfacing lasers sold to Spa's & Aestheticians typically have limits that hopefully prevent significant skin damage. For a Laser Resurfacing I would recommend seeing a surgeon preferably a member of the ASAPS. They are experts in the field of Laser Resurfacing. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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