Laser training requires more than an afternoon session: Canadian Dermatology Association

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 laser treatments.

"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.

About CDA
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

For further information:

Jennifer Scott, Communications & Projects Officer
Tel: 613.738.1748 / 1.800.267.3376 Ext. 222 |  jscott@dermatology.ca

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