CRITERIA FOR YOUR LASER HAIR REMOVAL TECHNICIAN
This from ASLMS (The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery):
“ Laser surgery is a safe and effective therapy for numerous medically-necessary and elective cosmetic procedures, offering patients a wide range of non-invasive treatment solutions.”
While this is reassuring enough, remember, doctors and practitioners in the laser hair removal business are salespeople, too! They want to sell you something that can cost you a lot of money and they’re making payments on a laser costing tens of thousands of dollars, as well as office and staff overhead.
We carefully scrutinize our family doctor, our auto mechanic, our accountant, our attorney etc. But often we’ll get vital laser hair removal info from an advertisement, a friend, or even chatting at the corner bar! Maybe we think locale matters, that laser hair removal in Beverly Hills is better (or worse) than laser hair removal in Birmingham. We hear about IPL laser hair and wonder if it’s like Sonar hair removal and so on. Be as concerned about laser hair removal complications as you are about laser hair costs and evaluate the people involved in the process and their credentials thoroughly.
Education & Qualification
As noted above, there are certifying and standard-based organizations relevant to all types of laser hair removal. Check to see if your practitioner is affiliated with one or more of these:
- The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery ( ASLMS) - founded in 1980 and the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in patient care by advancing laser applications and related technologies. Membership includes physicians and surgeons representing more than 51 medical specialties, nurses and other allied health care professionals, physicists involved with product development, biomedical engineers, biologists and equipment manufacturers.
- National Council On Laser Excellence (NCLE) - a Credentialing Board of the nonprofit Professional Medical Education Association - for Medical Professionals and Allied Healthcare Personnel. Requires practitioners and
facilities using lasers for hair removal to meet standardized testing and eligibility criteria to be granted an NCLE Laser Certification Professional Credential.
- Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society (CLASS) - active in the dissemination of information, education, mentoring, and promotion of quality in all forms of aesthetic laser surgery and whose primary directive is to promote quality in all forms of aesthetic laser surgery. CLASS counts among its members recognized
leaders from the field of cosmetic laser surgery and physicians from a wide variety of specialty backgrounds.
- Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal, Inc. (SCMHR) – an International nonprofit organization with members in the United States, Canada, Japan, and beyond. SCMHR recognizes all methods of hair removal and is dedicated to keeping its members informed about advancing technology and provides educational modules, home study programs, and certification to keep hair removal specialists at the forefront of their profession.
It’s a good idea to see if your practitioner is performing laser hair removal after having earned one or more of these industry certifications:
- CLO/H – Certified Laser Operator / Hair Removal - A laser operator oriented specifically to Laser Hair Removal in areas such as medical spas, physician offices, cosmetology and aesthetic centers, etc.
- CLO/A – Certified Laser Operator / Aesthetic - The CLO/A certification is generally oriented more toward medically related operators and is more encompassing than the specific CLO/H certification for hair removal.
- C.L.P. - Certified Laser Professional – A standards test given certifying applicant understands operation of equipment for laser hair removal.
There are other qualifying laser hair organizations appearing as the industry grows and consumer demand rises.
Ask these other pertinent questions:
- How many years of experience with the device to be used?
- How many clients have they treated with the device to be used?
- How many times have they treated the body area for which I'm seeking treatment?
- What kind of pain can I expect?
- What about laser hair removal and pregnancy?
Be an aware consumer and you’ll most likely have a positive hair removal experience