Who Can Perform Laser Treatments in California?

You may have research the type of laser treatments you want to have, and are all set to book your first appointment. But do you know who will be holding that laser to your skin? Do you understand his or her training, education and qualifications? Many consumers take so much time focused on the type of laser that they neglect to focus on finding the right laser practitioner.  Experience matters in laser dermatology.

So who can perform laser treatments?  Each state has its own regulating body that dictates who may perform them.  The explosive growth of the laser industry and demand for laser treatments has made it hard for regulatory agencies to keep up legislative guidelines as to who can provide laser treatments.

Some states have no regulation about who can operate a high-powered medical laser, while others are very restrictive allowing only licensed physicians to perform laser procedures. Here in California, there is a balanced approach: licensed physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants may all perform these treatments. However, a licensed physician must oversee a practice in which non-physician providers are operating lasers.

At Celibre Medical, we take this one step further. Our facility serves as a laser training site and provides continuing medical education credits for the California Board of Registered Nursing.

There has never been a more critical time in our industry for the medical community to be proactive in shaping, defining and abiding by the state regulations on laser medicine that are designed to protect you, the consumer. Celibre is proud to set a high standard for excellence in laser safety and patient-centered care.

If you’re looking for a laser practitioner in the Los Angeles or torrance area, we advise you to be vigilant and do your homework. Ensure that your laser practitioner is a licensed medical professional practicing within the legal bounds of their scope of practice. Make sure they have the proper training and experience with the laser, and ask questions about their background, education and track record with the device that you’re considering. Do several consultations to get a feel for the practice and practitioner that’s right for you.

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