Guide to MedSpa Laser Safety

  • Posted on Mar 26, 2019

In addition to the widespread use of lasers in medicine for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, lasers are routinely used in aesthetic or “MedSpa” environments.  Whether to remove dark spots or hair, or preform skin rejuvenation, lasers can provide incredible results.

But working around any kind of laser means having a well-trained workforce educated in laser safety.   MedSpas are a multi-billion dollar industry with the greatest concentration in Texas, California and Florida.  It is a rapidly growing business in China and Brazil

But fast growth can mean navigating the rules and regulations governing MedSpas is more important than ever before.  MedSpas are highly regulated on the state level and can vary significantly from state-to-state.  Understanding your state’s rules for operating MedSpa laser equipment is key.  These rules cover who can operate the type of laser being used and what type of licensing or training is required.  They also govern  

Do you know the rules in your state? 

In Arizona, for instance, the Department of Health Services assumes the certification and regulation of cosmetic facilities and laser technicians.  The State of Texas has strict rules for laser hair removal facilities which must be licensed and under the supervision of a consulting physician.  The Medical Board of California and the California Board of Registered Nursing require that lasers should not be operated by registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and doctors.  California has some of the strictest rules for MedSpa owners and operators.  Fines and other penalties can be imposed for failure to meet any State guidelines in the US.

In November 2018, a nurse was arrested in Texas for administering unlicensed Botox injections out of a MedSpa.  A week later, the supervising doctor who permitted the nurse to do the nonsurgical medical procedures was also arrested.[1]   This is just one example of the consequences of poor safety practices.

The first step is to understand your State’s regulations covering the industry.  The American Med Spa Association has a great state-by-state resource at: https://www.americanmedspa.org/page/state_regulations


[1]   https://abc13.com/skin-clinics-supervising-doctor-charged-in-illegal-botox-case/4690002/

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