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is laser hair removal a medical or a cosmetic procedure?

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Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Lasers are medical: Lasers of sufficiant power for hair removal are generally considered medical (precsriptive) devices that are used under the supervision of a physician. Regulations vary bewteen states as to who a physician may delegate to for the actual treatment.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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Dr. Ralph Rosato
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic: Excess hair removal is considered a cosmetic procedure however, if your hair patterns were changed due to trauma or surgery then it my be considered by an insurance can't a covered service.
Answered on Jul 4, 2013
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Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
A medical cosmetic..: The procedure is done for cosmetic reasons (insurance generally will not pay) but the use of lasers is certainly a medical procedure and should only be performed by someone with appropriate training. Depending on your location, some states allow lasers to be used by non-physcian personnel. Make sure you are seeing someone with appropriate training regardless of their professional degree.
Answered on Jul 27, 2012
Dr. David Sax
Dr. David Sax answered
24 years experience Dermatology
Cosmetic: Although the devices and procedures should be monitored carefully by a physician's office, i would consider this to be a cosmetic procedure.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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