ASCP Skin Deep

MAY | JUNE 2021

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38 ASCP Skin Deep May/June 2021 SCOPE OF PRACTICE In most states, laser and light energy procedures can be performed by estheticians under the supervision of a licensed physician. Additional training or laser certification is often required in addition to an esthetician license. In states with master esthetician licensing (Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, and Washington, D.C.), master estheticians are permitted to perform laser resurfacing procedures. Most states view the use of lasers/light energy procedures as a medical practice. However, a number of states have made efforts to clarify their use and have created new legislation. Georgia has implemented the Georgia Cosmetic Laser Services Acts, which provide a set of competencies required to perform cosmetic laser procedures and become licensed as a cosmetic laser practitioner. Estheticians can apply if they meet specific qualifications, such as holding three or more certificates from approved laser/ IPL continuing education courses. Texas is another state with similar legislation aimed at protecting the public and those performing laser procedures. The Texas Laser Rule states that laser practitioners must perform cosmetic laser procedures under the supervision of a physician or mid-level practitioner. 8 Notes 1. Nina Bahadur, " 'Love Your Lines' Instagram Account Celebrates Stretch Marks as Beautiful, not 'Flaws,' " HuffPost, updated August 14, 2014, 2. Vanessa Ngan, "Stretch Marks," DermNet NZ, 2003, topics/stretch-marks-striae. 3. Vanessa Ngan, "Stretch Marks." 4. Bardia Amirlak, "Laser Treatment of Scars and Stria Distensae," Medscape, updated July 17, 2017, 5. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery, "Reduce Stretch Marks with Fractionated CO2 Laser Therapy," March 14, 2016, fractionated-co2-laser-therapy. 6. Vanessa Ngan, "Fractional Laser Treatment," DermNet NZ, updated July 2015, 7. Vanessa Ngan, "Fractional Laser Treatment." 8., "Everything You Need to Know About Offering Laser Skin Treatments," accessed March 2021, Liability Insurance Professional liability insurance for laser and light energy procedures protects you in case a client sues. ASCP members have access to optional advanced modality coverage that protects you and your esthetics practice if you perform laser procedures or other advanced modalities, such as permanent makeup or radio frequency. More information about advanced modality coverage, including the steps for applying, is available at Pricing for laser services ranges from $1,161 to $1,403 per year, and coverage can be bundled with other advanced modalities to save more. If you can answer yes to the following three questions, you may be eligible for this advanced modality coverage: • Do I have proof of advanced training with hands-on experience? • Am I practicing these modalities within the scope of practice authorized by the state in which I work? • Am I an ASCP member, or do I plan to be? Learn more about ASCP's Advanced Modality Insurance program for members at ADVANCED MODALITIES Stretch marks are best treated when newly formed, and using a pulsed dye laser (PDL) can pick up the stretch mark pigment, reducing its appearance.

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