Medicolegal Issues

  • Tanya NinoEmail author
  • Andrea Smith
  • Maryam Afshar
  • Abel Torres


The number of laser and light procedures performed continues to expand with the increasing demand for these treatments. Laser and light technology has evolved to include the elective treatment of a broad array of dermatologic conditions. With the widespread use of this equipment by dermatologists and non-dermatologists alike, the potential for medical-legal complications arises. It is important to be aware of the medical-legal issues that may result from laser and light source use and to understand strategies for preventing complications.


Informed consent Legal Medical malpractice Physician extenders Off-label 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanya Nino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrea Smith
    • 1
  • Maryam Afshar
    • 2
  • Abel Torres
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyLoma Linda University Medical CenterLoma LindaUSA
  2. 2.Division of DermatologyUC San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

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