ASCP Skin Deep

July/August 2013

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e To check your scope of practice, find state board contact details at www.ascpskincare.com/resources/legislative.php. 3. What is the return policy? If the manufacturer has a return policy, get it in writing. Can you return the product if it turns out it's not within your scope of practice? 4. What is the warranty? Even the best-made equipment can break or malfunction. What does the warranty cover? How long does it last? Are replacement parts readily available? What do they cost? Can you get a loaner machine to use while yours is being repaired? 5. What training is available? Is there a cost? You must not use a new device or modality on a paying client without adequate training. You cannot risk harming a client—for the client's sake, obviously, but also for wider reasons. If you cause an injury, and cannot prove you were properly trained, your insurance company may deny the claim. For every untrained esthetician who harms a client, the ramifications spread across our profession. Insurance companies drop coverage, which can then lead state boards to restrict the scope of estheticians, and public perception of licensed estheticians is negatively impacted. Questions for Me? It is a challenge to ask these questions in the middle of a show, but being prepared will save you headaches and potentially a lot of money. If you need help or information, feel free to contact me. "This is exactly what I need for my skin care practice! What does it do?" Susanne Schmaling, director of education for Associated Skin Care Professionals, is a licensed esthetician, experienced educator, former spa owner, founder of the Pacific Institute of Esthetics, and author of A Comprehensive Guide to Equipment (Milady, 2009). Contact her at sschmaling@ascpskincare.com. SkinDeep_JA_2013.indd 35 Get connected to your peers @ www.skincareprofessionals.com 35 5/15/13 4:25 PM

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