NCEA Establishes National Standard on Laser & Light Therapy for Cosmetic Procedures

NCEA: Protecting Your Right to Practice

At the 14th NCEA Meeting held in New Orleans on January 28-29, 2007, a continuing education program for estheticians was established. The 42 Hour Laser & Light Therapy for Cosmetic Procedures curriculum will be part of the NCEA Esthetician Certification Program that is being launched in May of 2007.

The curriculum overviews the development of the laser by Einstein, and explores the types of lasers, intense pulsed light, plasma, radio frequency technologies that are now prominent in the cosmetic arena.

The curriculum includes:
History and overview of laser and light therapy
Anatomy and physiology of skin and hair, including the epidermis, dermis, function of specialized cells, and subcutaneous layers.

An overview of Skin lesions and disorders, laser physics and properties of laser and light therapy, properties of laser and light therapy modalities and technologies, aesthetic indicators such as hair removal, skin rejuvenation, vein treatments, tattoo removal acne, psoriasis, body contouring and fat lipolysis and other technologies that are not yet FDA-approved.
An entire section is devoted to client consultation and medical history, that includes the necessary documentation, skin typing and aging analysis, contraindication to treatments. The final two sections are a discussion of national, state and recommended standards of practice including office protocols.

NCEA's goal in establishing this curriculum is to provide estheticians with the standard and help guide them through the complex myriad of devices that are now exhibiting at the skin care industry conferences. 'Understanding new scientific developments and how they work, helps the esthetician to determine if these devices are within their scope of practice,' stated Susanne Warfield, Executive Director of the NCEA. 'NCEA believes that Class I and Class II devices can be safely used by estheticians and we strongly urge estheticians to seek out continuing education that includes both theoretical and practical application, prior to using any new technologies.'

'There are states that will not allow estheticians to use higher FDA class devices, however, some states are considering a 'Laser Tech designation' that is allowing estheticians to seek out the training and perform these procedures under physician supervision. States such as Texas, Arizona and Wisconsin have made or are considering this as an option to ensure consumer safety.'

The NCEA curriculum is to be used as guide and to assist the esthetician in recognizing what they should be looking for in a continuing education program. 'Unfortunately, there are companies and post-graduate training facilities that are only teaching to their device and are not giving the complete education that NCEA is striving for in its mission.' The other 3 curriculums that NCEA has developed can also be used in this way.'

About the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations
The coalition is a group of active skin care associations, companies & individuals, who have united to establish standards and best practices, and provide political representation for our profession to state legislators and licensing boards.

Visit their website at for more information or to order the curriculum.

NCEA is protecting your right to practice by...

? Addressing current issues that impacct your income
? Representing your interests at the sstate regulatory level
? Developing professional and educatioon guidelines
? Strengthening your voice in the induustry

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National Standards set at NCEAs Meeting
January 29-30, 2006, Atlanta, GA

Use of Esthetician Titles

It is the position of the NCEA that:
1. Estheticians reprsent themselves according to their licensed title, as designated by their state licensing board or regulatory agency.
2. Estheticians must not promote themselves or allow any employer to market them otherwise.

Use of FDA Approved Energy-based Devices & Therapies

It is the position of the NCEA that:
1. Estheticians shall be permitted to use FDA approved energy-based devices & therapies for esthetic procedures.
2. Such use shall be within their scope of practice as defined by the regulations of individual states, where such regulations exist.
3. Estheticians shall meet the training requirements for the use of such devices as defined by their individual licensing board or other regulatory agency.

Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that estheticians abide by Federal, State and Local Regulations.

Susanne S. Warfield - Executive Director
National Coalition of Estheticians,
Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA)
484 Spring Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450-4624
Tel:(201) 670-4100 Ext. 6
Fax (201) 670-4265
Email: [email protected]