Q: Why is it important for estheticians to learn laser therapy?
A: There are always things that don’t budge on a client’s skin and lasers are the next step to an effective treatment. And lasers are natural—what could be more natural than a beam of light? From clearing easy things like sun spots and age spots, to more difficult things like cherry hemangiomas and rosacea, to serious issues like Nevus of Ota and melasma, lasers can change someone’s life! And lasers are becoming much more common. The general public is used to them and is asking for these pricey upgrades more and more.
Q: What are some state laws that estheticians need to be aware of?
A: The law of the land says the alteration of human tissue by the use of a laser is the practice of medicine, and the only person who can practice medicine is a licensed physician. But the huge majority of states allow the physician to delegate the firing of a laser to someone who has had formal and structured training. That’s where your Certified Laser Specialist® (CLS) certificate comes in. The CLS certificate is trademarked by the US Patent and Trademark Office and is only available from the Rocky Mountain Laser College. Your doctor or medical director will need this proof of training to be able to delegate laser treatments to you.
Q: Anything new on the horizon you can share with us?
A: Absolutely! Soft-tissue and pain-reduction lasers are being used every day by massage therapists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to bring their clients more effective and longer-term relief. The Colorado Department of Higher Education has recently approved our newest course on laser phototherapy. It teaches the use of low-level lasers to clinicians who have a good understanding of human anatomy.
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