It has been explained to me that a laser treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure, and that I am responsible for all costs associated with each procedure and payment is to be made in full at the time of each treatment. I agree that the following points have been discussed with me: (1) the potential benefits of the proposed procedure; (2) the possible alternative procedures; (3) the probability of success; (4) the reasonably anticipated consequences if the procedure(s) is not performed; (5) the most likely complications and risks involved with the proposed procedure(s) and subsequent healing period, including but not limited to, infection, crusting, scarring, re-growth of hair, change in skin color and/or blistering and (5) post-treatment instructions. I am aware of the following possible experiences and risks with laser treatment, including but not limited to: DISCOMFORT: some discomfort may be experienced during laser treatment WOUND HEALING: Laser treatment can result in swelling, blistering, crusting, or flaking of the treated areas, which may require one to three weeks to heal. Once the surface has healed, it may be pink or sensitive to the sun for an additional two to four weeks, or longer in some patients. I understand that I should remain out of the sun and use sun block during this healing period. BRUISING/ SWELLING/ INFECTION: With some laser treatments, bruising of the treated area may occur. Additionally, there may be some swelling noted. Finally, skin infection is a possibility although rare, whenever a laser skin procedure is performed. PIGMENT (SKIN COLOR) CHANGES: During the healing process, there is possibility that the treated area may become either LIGHTER or DARKER in color compared to the surrounding skin. This is usually temporary, but on rare occasion it may be permanent. SCARRING: scarring is a rare occurrence, but it is a possibility when the skins surface is disrupted. To minimize the chances of scarring, it is VERY IMPORTANT that I follow all post-treatment instructions. Such post-treatment instructions have been explained to me. EYE EXPOSURE: protective eyewear (shields) will be provided during the treatment. It is important to keep these shields on at all times during the treatment in order to protect my eyes from accidental laser exposure.
I understand that any procedure performed by the Cutera Laser is inappropriate for individuals who (1) are pregnant; (2) are prone to keloid formation; (3) have a history of poor wound healing; (4) are taking medication which creates light sensitivity; (5) are taking anti-seizure medication; (6) are hypersensitive to light; (7) have a personal or family history of skin cancer; (8) have undiagnosed lesions; (9) had a recent herpetic outbreak; (10) have unstable diabetes or an auto-immune disorder and (11) have a photosensitive skin disorder.
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