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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 170-175

Safe practice of cosmetic dermatology: Avoiding legal tangles

1 Department of Dermatology, Victoria Hospital Fort, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Victoria Hospital, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Shilpa Bhat
Department of Dermatology, Victoria Hospital Fort, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.101370

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The present day dermatologists, in addition to conventional skin physicians, are also dermatologic-surgeons and cosmetologists in their practice. The cosmetic procedures have the inherent risk of malpractice litigations leaving an unsatisfied patient and a troublesome lawsuit against the doctor. A MEDLINE search was conducted for article with words such as legal issues and dermatology, malpractice in dermatology, safe practice of cosmetology etc. The selected articles are scrutinized and compiled so as to help the young dermatologists to have a comprehensive overview of safe cosmetology practice. This article aims at sensitizing the young dermatologists for the possible complications and provides an overview of safe practice. It also provides a list of simple routine precautions which helps the dermatologist to avoid unnecessary trips to the courthouse.

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