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Medical Waste Requirements for Medical Spas and Technicians: Laser Hair Removal

While performed in a spa-setting, laser hair removal is actually considered a medical procedure. Here’s what medical spas need to know.

Laser hair removal is a popular medical spa treatment to help clients remove unwanted hair because of its long-lasting effects. While performed in a spa-setting, laser hair removal is actually considered a medical procedure because of how it works and what it does. Here’s what medical spas need to know about requirements, regulations, and maintaining compliance.

Laser Hair Removal Process

In many states, laser hair removal is considered a medical procedure. Through a laser machine, a concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to slow future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years, as the results differ widely from person to person.

All About Laser Hair Removal Devices

State requirements for medical spa treatments, such as laser hair removal will vary, but many operate under similar medical treatment and waste laws. In many states, devices will need to be registered, most especially if the lasers are used for any other purposes aside form laser hair removal. Some states also require that a physician order or a prescribe laser hair removal machines for purchase. In many cases, laser hair removal devices can only be purchased by a licensed health professional for the facility.

Some states require medical spas to keep a prescription order for the purchase of any lasers, the manufacturer User’s Manual, a copy of the consulting physician contract, current laser devices inventory, copy of yearly inventory audit, and training logs for all technicians who operate the machine.

Who Can Perform Laser Hair Removal Procedures?

Laws state that technicians must apply for and obtain a certificate issued by a local agency to perform laser hair removal. Only a handful of states require that laser hair removal procedures be performed by a medical professional. For example, California requires that a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse perform laser hair removal or any cosmetic laser procedure. New Jersey also limits the practice of cosmetic lasers solely to medical professionals. In some states, laser hair removal technicians are required by law to work in medical facilities under direct physician supervision or under a medical license. In other states, they work outside of clinical settings in salons and spas.

HIPAA, Privacy, and Protecting Clients

Licensed laser technicians must also take a client’s medical history to see if they have any personal or medical history that may impact the procedures safety. This means they are required by HIPAA to protect and maintain all clients’ privacy and personal health information.

If you run a medical waste spa that handles laser hair removal procedures and need guidance on requirements, regulations, and privacy, Red Bags can assist you with regulatory compliance and patient safety.

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