A 33-year-old member asked:
is laser hair removal a medical or a cosmetic procedure?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Richard Baxter answered
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
Dr. Ralph Rosato answered
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
Dr. Mike Bowman answered
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
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