Ellsworth doctor warned over man’s failed laser hair removal

Posted May 16, 2013, at 3:26 p.m.
Last modified May 17, 2013, at 6:24 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth doctor has been warned by a state medical licensing board after a patient complained about his failed laser hair removal.

Stephen Nightingale of Coastal Skin Center also was placed on probation for one year, according to a Thursday press release from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

The patient complained to the board that Nightingale’s practice failed to inform him that laser treatments would be ineffective on people with blond or light hair. The man, who had light hair, underwent several months of treatment by a technician at the practice before learning that the treatments were unlikely to work.

Nightingale acknowledged that the board had sufficient evidence to reasonably conclude that he failed to conduct an initial consultation or examination of the patient before his assistant performed laser hair removal, according to the press release. Nightingale also did not obtain adequate informed consent from the patient before the procedure and failed to create and maintain an adequate medical record for the patient, the release states.

As part of the probation, Nightingale must document that he is performing a consultation and/or an examination of all patients who undergo dermatologic treatment, that he is obtaining adequate informed consent, and that he is creating and maintaining adequate records.

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