Warren B. Seiler III, MD
, is a Board Certified Cosmetic Laser Surgeon
, specializing exclusively in Cosmetic Laser Procedures and Injectables
. Dr. Seiler has worked as an expert witness with both plaintiff and defense attorneys and with state medical boards in different types of laser and energy-based device cases. These include medical malpractice cases, civil cases, and state medical board investigations.
Dr. Seiler is usually called to evaluate patient complaints due to complications from Laser Burns
and other energy-based device procedures. He also has experience in complications from Cosmetic Injectables
(i.e. Botox, Juvederm, etc.) Other areas of expertise include:
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Spider Vein Treatments
- Fractional and Non-fractional Laser Resurfacing
- Body Contouring Devices
- Energy-based Cosmetic Devices
Dr. Seiler provides litigation support services to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. He works with attorneys to determine misdoing, negligence, malpractice, or non-adherence to medical laser law and work to support the case.
Dr. Seiler's services include determining what the state medical laws are regarding laser procedures, what type of practitioner (physician or non-physician) can use what type of device, how much training the practitioner must have, and what level of supervision a non-physician must have by the physician. He provides advice and literature regarding standard of care issues, including typical results per procedure, risks and benefits, expected and unexpected side effects and complications, and what type of device should be used on a patient.
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Although I have been called to evaluate many cosmetic laser and Cosmetic injection cases over the years (both plaintiff and defense), two particular cases really stand out. One was a plaintiff case and the second was a defense case.
Lawsuits pertaining to injuries from laser treatments gone awry or just not as expected are on the rise. Part of the issue is the lack of objective training protocols. There is relatively vague legal language across many state medical boards and often lax regulation of these procedures, who is allowed to perform them, and what training and supervision is required.
One of the most common questions that other physicians ask me is how to begin to use lasers in their practice. It can seem exciting, yet daunting, to bring in a new procedure that centers on a device.
With the current boom in noninvasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, many practitioners are learning to use dermal fillers. Novice practitioners will commonly focus more on the lines or "simple-appearing" problem areas in which the patient desires improvement. This common mistake can lead to a lessthan- desirable result and unhappy patient if the "problem" isn't properly addressed.
"For the physician to grow a cosmetic injectable practice, both a variety of products as well as a mastery of technique are key ingredients in the recipe for success. If one had to choose between variety and technique, I believe that it is the technique that will ultimately provide desired results and thus create many happy return visits from patients. Repeat business is the goal.
During the past ten to fifteen years, the number of cosmetic laser and light procedures performed has exploded. According to a 2012 report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the following increases have occurred: