Is it okay if someone other than the doctor is doing the laser treatment?

I've been researching IPL and am undecided about proceeding, as I'm unable to find a clinic where the dermatologist actually performs the treatment. In all of the clinics I've researched (Vancouver, BC Canada area), they delegate IPL to their "laser technicians." The clinic I was interested in has a good reputation (A+ Better Business Bureau) rating, has been operating for 15 years, and the tech who is to do my treatment has been doing these procedures for 7 years, and - still - I am extremely nervous about proceeding, given the horror stories I've heard. I would be doing this for diffuse redness and a couple of small spider veins, which doesn't bother me very much, but which would be "nice" to eliminate if the risks are minimal. How much experience should a person have before they can be considered "qualified"? Thanks so much for your time.

Lasers are often delegated to nurses (RNs), medical assistants (MAs), aestheticians and even technicians which usually means the person has no medical training.    I delegate some laser treatments in our office to RNs, for example. Most dermatologists agree though, that CO2 lasers should be done by the M.D.  Lasers are regulated differently state by state in the U.S and in different countries.   Some countries have no regulations at all –  a scarey thought!

Look for a center where:

  1. The doctor is truly board certified in dermatology or plastic surgery
  2. The doctor is on site –  except for vacations or days off.
  3.  The office and center are well run i.e. you can get your questions answered, there is a process for consultations, there is no sales pressure, etc.

More info on how to choose a good office and get a good treatment.     Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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