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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can a nurse perform laser liposuction?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Abuzeni
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
No: If this laser treatment involves inserting an instrument underneath the skin, then it would be not allowed. These rules are different from state to state, and there might be a state somewhere that might allow this practice but i doubt it.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
NO!: Only a doctor can perform invasive procedures... There are a lot of non-invasive fat reduction procedures such as zerona, venus freeze, coolsculpting, etc... These can be performed by personnel other than physicians, but their results are limited.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No: No, surgical procedures are performed by physicians. You will likely find,  while doing your due diligence,  that there are many different “specialties” who will offer their services to you;   i strongly recommend you concentrate on surgeons certified by the american board of plastic surgery.   ask to see lots of examples of their work and speak to previous patients from that practice.
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Not in California: Nurses can do a lot, but what they are allowed to do, and the amount of supervision required varies from state to state. Liposuction is surgery, and only someone possessing an physician/surgeons license is legally allowed to perform surgery. In addition , the setting for liposuction should be appropriate for the procedure. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
they shouldn't: The question is not whether they can, but rather should they. I would highly recommend having your cosmetic surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon. The technical expertise in performing surgery and ability to manage complications is what physicians are trained for. Typically nonphysicians have little more than a weekend course in procedures such as injectables.

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