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Cash-based Laser Aesthetic Services

By: Louis Silberman
Posted: June 24, 2010, from the July 2010 issue of
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Laser hair removal consistently ranks among the popular procedures for medical aesthetic practices. Image courtesy of the National Laser Institute.

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Fractional laser wrinkle reduction. This treatment takes a standard beam of laser light and splits it into thousands of microbeams. These microbeams are then projected into the epidermis and dermis, coagulating narrow columns of tissue while leaving the surrounding area unharmed. This process stimulates the body’s healing process, creating new collagen and healthy tissue.

A fractional laser treatment greatly reduces the appearance of wrinkles, treats dark hyperpigmentation associated with melasma, and aids in correcting the discoloration and uneven texture of scars caused by acne, surgery or other injuries.

  • Average cost: $1,000–3,000, depending on the size of the treatment area
  • Number of treatments: Three to five for maximum results
  • Treatment regularity: Every four weeks
  • Who can receive this treatment: Skin types I–IV
  • Income potential per client: Up to $15,000


To ensure patient safety and maximize treatment effectiveness, didactic and clinical training is a must for anyone interested in offering advanced laser aesthetic services. The regulations determining the level of training needed to perform cosmetic laser treatments are organized at the state level. Unfortunately, the governmental agency determining these rules differs in each state.

And though it’s always best to contact your state’s governing board about this type of information, you can also learn about some of the latest legislation regarding laser usage in the medical aesthetic setting by logging on to

As a general rule, non-medical professionals can begin their training and often become certified through state regulatory bodies by taking a concentrated 11- to 14-day training program, whereas medical professionals can begin their training and become state-certified during the course of a weekend. And although laser procedure certification standards vary from state to state—with some states not having any at all—proper training is invaluable and should be continually maintained and updated to ensure patient and practice satisfaction. To avoid confusion regarding the training requirements in your area and the number of continuing education credits you can receive, contact an approved medical aesthetic education provider for the most up-to-date information.

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