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Cosmeticians, Cosmetology, and Esthetics

Advisory Opinions

Advisory statements are issued by the Board of Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Nail Technology and Body Art for informational purposes only; they are NOT legal opinions and are non-binding. The advisory opinions define acts, which in the opinion of the board, are or are not permitted in the practice of cosmetology and/or esthetics.
The practice of Esthetics/Cosmetology is upon the skin (epidermis); services below the epidermis and into the dermis are not within the scope of practice.

​Cool Lifting Not within the practice, this procedure goes below the epidermis. (6/5/17)
​Cool Sculpting Not within the practice, this procedure goes below the epidermis. (6/5/17)
​Cryoclear ​Cryoclear has two FDA approved devices, one that doctors use and one that estheticians can use which stays on the top level of the skin. (6/5/2017)
​Cupping Not within the practice, this procedure goes into the Dermis. (1/5/15)
Dermapen ​.03 or .05 acceptable. (9/18/13)
Dermaplaning ​Within cosmetology and esthetic practice as it is an exfoliating treatment used on the outer layer of skin. (8/4/11)
Dermarolling ​Within cosmetology and esthetic practice. (10/17/11)
​Dermatone ​Within cosmetology and esthetic practice. (8/31/12)
​Eyelash and Brow Tinting Within cosmetology and esthetic practice. (9/9/13)
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Not within the practice. (8/5/2001 per Medical Board)
​Lasers Not within the practice. (8/5/2001 Medical Board)
Micro Needling ​.05 needles acceptable; larger needles for medical use only. (9/18/13)
​PELLEVE device Not within the practice, this procedure delivers constant gradual radiofrequency energy to the dermal tissue. (5/5/14)
​Peels ​Mild peels which do not penetrate into the dermis are acceptable. (2/19/14)
Dermatologic Workgroup Final Report: This report provides additional information relating to dermatologic services that can be provided by cosmetologists and estheticians.

Reminder:  With any service or use of implements, one must be competent and trained in providing the service and must practice within the Cosmetology and/or Esthetics scope of practice for which s/he is licensed.

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