OK to Have a Non-physician Administer Pearl Laser Treatment?

The question is: a non-physician administered the Pearl fractional. She took the course only and works in the clinic. What is recommended?

Also, could there be any long-term damages to my face? It is quite red and swollen with bruising on the sides of my eyes (probably from the block freezing).

Doctor Answers 3

Pearl Laser

Check with your state and local laws. The laser should not cause bruising, that is likely due to local blocks. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

The law varies in each state

In Georgia, it's okay to have a non-physician perform Pearl laser. The legal liability varies from state to state. Both of my registered nurses are trained  in Pearl laser under my direction.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Laws vary from state to state

The legal ability for non-physicians to provide medical services varies around the US. That said, because Pearl is ablative, and tissue is destroyed, I would never delegate this procedure in my office.

Regarding your complication, I'd make sure the clinic's supervising physician checks you out  ASAP.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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