At the 14th National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors and Associations (NCEA) meeting held in New Orleans, January 28–29, a continuing education program for estheticians was established.

“Understanding new scientific developments and how they work, helps the esthetician to determine if these devices are within their scope of practice,” says 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.”

The 42 Hour Laser and Light Therapy for Cosmetic Procedures curriculum will be part of the NCEA Esthetician Certification Program that is being launched in May. The curriculum overviews Einstein’s concept of the laser, and explores the types of lasers, intense pulsed light, plasma, and radio frequency technologies that are prominent in the aesthetic market.

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; and

• 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;

An entire section will be devoted to client consultation and medical history, which includes the necessary documentation, skin typing, aging analysis, and contraindications to treatments. The final two sections are a discussion of national, state, and recommended standards of practice, including office protocols.

For more information, visit www.ncea.tv.

[NCEA, February 25, 2007]