Anticipating Regulation Changes by Louis Silberman

A new Global Aesthetic Market research report from Medical Insight, Inc. projects the global esthetic industry will experience unprecedented growth during the next five years, with laser esthetics forecasted to increase by 12.5% annually and reach $15.3 billion by 2011.

This incredible growth and the anticipation of continued expansion is promising for individuals interested in pursuing a career in nonsurgical techniques, such as laser hair removal, photofacial, laser tattoo removal, laser wrinkle reduction, skin-tightening, microdermabrasion and more.

Yet, as demand skyrockets, laser and other nonsurgical options are being held to more stringent certification regulations. In light of the explosive marketplace, it appears most states are leaning toward implementing laws requiring mandatory training hours in order to operate laser devices.

Many states—such as Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada and Texas—have proposed bills in their respective legislatures that would increase the training required to operate this relatively new technology, and a large portion of the rest of the country also is currently in the discussion stages for implementing hours required to perform laser treatments. Keeping a line of communication open with your state’s regulating board can help you in staying up to date on these changes and developments.

The training required for nonsurgical esthetic procedures is expected to increase as the technology becomes more popular, and more stringent regulations are also anticipated due to improper use of laser and other devices, leading to burns, scars and other issues. Who is allowed to use lasers is expected to be addressed, as well as in what capacity lasers should be used and how much training will be required. Having these guidelines, as well as adhering to them and keeping them fresh and current, is essential to safety in the industry.

Proper education and training can protect the safety of those seeking cosmetic treatments by providing crucial knowledge and experience for esthetic laser technicians. Consequently, regardless of the laws currently in place in a given state, proper training is crucial for anyone interested in pursuing a career in laser esthetics.