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Medspa Legal & Legislation > NY Ruling for Lasers & Aestheticians 2010

"III- As testified to by Walter Ramos, Esq., RN, Executive Secretary of the Board of Medicine, Medical Physics, Athletic Training and Dietetics and Nutrition of the State of New York, an appointee of the Board of Regents, it is the position of that Board that the use of a laser or non-ablative radio frequency procedures, including Thermage, to treat any medical condition, including the removal of wrinkles and spider veins, is the practice of medicine, and the practitioner must be a physician, or a nurse practitioner supervised by a physician, who is licensed by the New York State Department of Education, and no corporation or limited liability company other than a professional corporation or limited liability may pay a physician to perform such procedures. See Education Law §§6521 and 6522"

Given above for NY State, it does seem that the practice of certified aesthetician operating lasers on a patient/client for a medical condition to not be legal; even within a medical practice with a physician on premise. Am I reading this NY Administrative Hearing conclusion correctly?

Since this 2010 ruling for NY State, is anyone aware of any progress to expand the scope of the aesthetician's license toward operating lasers independently other than for laser hair removal?

Thanks in advance.

05.11 | Unregistered CommenterDan in NY

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