OTTAWA, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association's
(CDA) survey Laser Use in Canada: A Survey of Corrective Treatment Performed by
Dermatologists in Canada reveals a growing need for practical guidelines for the use of lasers.
The CDA conducted an online survey of its members to determine the
number of dermatologists who treat patients for burns, scars or other
wounds sustained after seeking laser hair removal, intense pulse light
(IPL) or other laser treatments offered by salon technicians or
non-physicians. The purpose of the survey was to determine the
frequency of reparative procedures, as well as to aid CTV investigative
series W5 with a report to be aired Saturday, January 28 (Don't Get Burned) on the dangers of cosmetic laser treatments.
With the popular promise of simple hair-free flawless skin, the number
of salons offering cosmetic laser procedures is continually increasing.
Nevertheless, according to the survey findings a staggering 73% of
dermatologists reported having provided patients with corrective
treatment for injuries they received after seeking cosmetic laser
services at salons.
The survey also shows overwhelming support (97%) for the development of
clear guidelines for the use of lasers. "To protect Canadians we need
to pay more attention to how lasers are being used, who's using them
and the kind of training these people have," says Dr Denise Wexler, CDA
President, "otherwise the outcome could be devastating for patients."
The improper use of lasers carries many risks, such as the increased
possibility of burns, scars, permanent pigmentary changes and damage to
Dr. Wexler went on to say "We feel strongly that the use of lasers in
cosmetic and dermatologic procedures be restricted to physicians and
personnel under the guidance of physicians who have a greater
understanding of the skin, its structure and the implications of laser
use on the skin."
In the interest of protecting Canadians, the CDA will be lobbying Health
Canada for formal regulations about the use of lasers and pushing for a
more structured certification process. In light of the survey findings
and the necessity for a structured procedure of use, the CDA will also
be developing formal guidelines for the use of lasers in cosmetic and
The CDA encourages those individuals seeking a cosmetic or dermatologic
procedure that includes the use of lasers to speak to their primary
care physician for a referral to a dermatologist or other physician
with formal laser training.
About the survey
Between October 25, 2011 and December 22, 2011 the Canadian Dermatology
Association conducted an online survey of its members who reside and
practice in Canada. The majority of the respondents identified their
practices to be primarily medical and/or surgical in scope, with
cosmetic and other forms of dermatology accounting for 15.6% of their
practice activities. Any discrepancies in or between totals are due to
rounding to the nearest tenth of a percent (0.1).
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science
and art of medicine and surgery related to the care of the skin, hair
and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members;
support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun
protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of
healthier skin, hair and nails.
SOURCE Canadian Dermatology Association
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