Feb
2015

Q&A: What are the pro's and con's of laser skin resurfacing with a laser specialist?

Ask A Doctor Question: 

I am considering a Laser Specialist to do the laser skin resurfacing procedure. Any pro's or con's on this procedure and using a so called Laser Specialist ??

- Debbie

Answer: 

Puya Davoodi, MD - LocateADoc.com

The answer is one of experience.  There are plenty of good laser physicians who do more than just laser therapy.  However if the only thing the doctor does is laser then one would expect him or her to have more experience.  Just be sure it is the physician doing the treatment.

--Puya Davoodi, MD
Gainesville, GA

Answer: 

Aesthetic Center of Gainesville - LocateADoc.com

All of our doctors are board-certified plastic surgeons who frequently use lasers as a means of treatment.  We would be happy to set up a consultation with one of our surgeons to discuss Debbie’s laser concerns

--Aesthetic Center of Gainesville
Gainesville, GA

Answer: 

James E. White, MD, FACS - LocateADoc.com

Choosing a "Laser Specialist" is like choosing someone to refinish a family heirloom chest, or someone to spray paint an old foot locker; both are refinisher; but who would you trust with the family heirloom.   
 
Unfortunately, educational opportunities for laser education are mostly based on basics of laser energy or nuts and bolts of the laser unit.  Using the laser to basic paint and painting a work of art are very different.   Laser skin resurfacing procedures are not equal.  YAG lasers, CO2 lasers, Erbium lasers, Intense pulse light lasers are listed under the heading of "laser skin resurfacing".  Do your homework.  Choose your provider well.  Review before and after images of previous patients treated with the SAME laser procedure that you are considering.  Understand expectations, downtime and risks for the SAME laser procedure that you are considering. Then make your own decision regarding the "Laser Specialist". 

--James E. White, MD, FACS
Chattanooga, TN

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