OTTAWA, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)
was shocked to learn a W5 producer became a certified laser technician
in under an hour and is now able to provide sophisticated cosmetic
"Lasers are extremely powerful tools and their use in medicine requires
a specific understanding of their function, their impact on the skin
and the ability to treat any possible side effects," says Dr. Denise
Wexler, CDA President. "The list of possible side effects includes the
increased risk of burns, scars and permanent pigmentary changes, each
to varying degrees of severity."
In view of the findings from its recent survey, Laser Use in Canada: A Survey of Corrective Treatment Performed by
Dermatologists in Canada and those from the W5 investigation, the CDA has released a formal position statement on the use of lasers in cosmetic and dermatologic procedures. Research is also being
conducted to prepare formal guidelines for the use of lasers and will
be used as CDA lobbies Health Canada for official regulations about the
use of lasers and a more structured certification process.
"Until such a time as there are federal regulations about the proper use
of lasers, the CDA urges Canadians to ask more questions of cosmetic
service providers about their credentials or to speak to their primary
care physician for a referral to a dermatologist or other physician
with formal laser training" says Dr. Wexler.
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science
and art of medicine and surgery related to the care of the skin, hair
and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members;
support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun
protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of
healthier skin, hair and nails.
SOURCE Canadian Dermatology Association
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