Who Can Perform Laser Hair Removal?

January 10, 2011 in Hair Removal 101

The question on who can perform laser hair removal has been highly discussed in recent years, especially as the popularity of this technology has increased. In addition to seeking out a trained and knowledgeable laser professional, most prospective clients also want to know that they are being treated by someone who is allowed to perform the treatment. At first glance, there appears to be plenty of confusion and little clear information on this topic, but with deeper research the answer becomes clearer.

When wanting to know who can perform laser hair removal, it is important to keep in mind that there is no rule that applies everywhere, but it all has to do with the regulations of each state. The very first thing to do is to check with the state medical board where one lives, this board will be able to say who can and cannot perform the treatment. Each and every state has different requirements that are in place to regulate the use of laser hair removal machines.

Some states require that laser hair removal is performed by a physician only, or that it must be supervised by one. Other states allow physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, paramedics and registered nurses to perform laser hair removal. A few other states allow non medical people to laser as long as they are trained in laser hair removal and have a license. Cosmetologists and aestheticians are among individuals who may not be doctors or nurses but that work in the laser hair removal field. And then there are a few states that do not have any regulations regarding laser hair removal at all. And this is where extra caution is needed because even if the state does not have any requirements, one would still want to be treated by an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner.

While some experts agree that laser hair removal should only be performed by a doctor or under the supervision of a doctor, a laser hair removal practitioner should in the very least be certified to perform it. There are several certifications available. The Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal (SCMHR), The National Council on Laser Excellence and IALA, the International Aesthetic & Laser Association all offers “CLHRP” certifications, which stands for Certified Laser Hair Removal Professional.

Laser hair removal machines are powerful tools that can do damage if in the hands of an inexperienced person, that is why it is important to make sure that the laser hair removal practitioner is trained and know exactly what they are doing, in addition to being allowed to perform the treatments as required by their state.

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