New York Medical Laser Laws

New York Medical Laser Laws & State Regulations

Department of State
Consumer Guide to Beauty Salons & Spas

Are certain products or procedures potentially dangerous or prohibited?

Yes. Some products may pose health and safety risks. Others are specifically prohibited by law.

• The permanent dyeing of eyelash or eyebrow hair is prohibited.
• All appearance enhancement licensees are prohibited from providing injections of any substance, such as Botox, Restalyne or other fillers, and from providing laser services for purposes other than the removal of hair. Such services are the practice of medicine and should only be provided by a licensed medical professional.
• Licensees may provide laser hair removal services, however, use caution as these services are not regulated by New York State.

In August 2002, the NY State Board of Medicine passed a resolution recommending that the use of lasers and intense pulsed light for hair removal be considered the practice of medicine and thus be performed by a physician or under direct physician supervision.

Section 6530 of the New York Education Law defines professional misconduct and includes: 24) Practicing beyond the scope of practice permitted by state law and performing professional responsibilities a licensee knows he/she is not competent to perform………….. 25) Delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the licensee delegating such responsibilities knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified, by training, experience or by licensure to perform.


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