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Body and Machine Work Not OK in California

Posted: February 27, 2009

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I am wondering how you think this will affect our industry if the state should begin to go after body treatments and start the citation process and these services are removed from the spas. They said it did not matter whether the spa is big or small; that they are going to get them. This is what they have said to me. Next, the officer started talking about laser clinics and medical spas, and oh boy wait until you hear what that is all about. Physicians and nurses are in for a rude awakening.

Please respond. This is no joke. It is very serious and I am very concerned about an industry that I have spent 25 years in.

Dayle Gooch, Bella Piel, Visalia, CA

Answer:

California has one esthetic license at this time. Within the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, we don’t have a medical esthetician license. The board would cite an esthetician if they were performing any medical procedures.

Currently our license allows estheticians to perform skin services on the face, neck and decollete. We are also able to perform hair removal for all body hair. Advertising a leg treatment that involves body massage would be outside of an esthetician’s scope of practice, unless they were also a massage therapist.