State Requirements for Laser Hair Removal Technicians
Laser hair removal is essentially a medical procedure and as such is regulated by state laws. Most state laws follow broad FDA guidelines, but each state has its own approach. That means it’s necessary for you to check to guarantee that a potential technician meets your state requirements. (Just find your state's website link in that list and click on it. Typing "laser hair removal" into their search feature should give you the information you need.)
State regulations fall into within three broad types. Each type is based on FDA-instituted guidelines that describe different levels of physician involvement.
Laser Technician Experience
Technician experience is the key to a successful laser hair removal experience. There isn’t any one top school or any standard test for laser hair removal technicians, so credentials won’t always provide you the best measure of their skill. But there are plenty of skilled laser professionals out there! The trick is asking the right questions.
Be sure to evaluate a few technicians before making a choice. Find out where each of the technicians received laser training, how long they have been performing treatments, how many treatments they have performed, and which lasers they have used. You should also inquire about the technicians’ continuing education. Ask if they are actively involved in laser or medical societies or partake in ongoing training. Use what you’re reading today to get a feel for the technician’s expertise. Discuss types of lasers, your skin and hair types, and even state regulations.
Laser Hair Removal Consultations
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The consultation is your chance to ask all your smart questions about the technician’s experience and training, and evaluate the clinic as a whole. Of course, it’s also the time for discussing and possibly planning your potential laser treatments. This is when the technician will analyze your skin and hair type to determine the best treatment schedule for you. Most laser hair removal consultations are free of charge. Take full advantage of this. Attend more than one. Ask lots of questions and take notes if you need to.