Change Microneedling Regulations for Skincare Professionals in Massachusetts

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I would like to request, on the behalf of Massachusetts Aesthetic Association of Professionals, that Microneedling be added to the scope of practice for Estheticians and Registered Nurses in the State of Massachusetts, with limitations and safety guidelines and protocols.

We Esthetician’s and Registered Nurses are very educated in the State of Massachusetts, for requirements of safe practices to keep the public safe in our treatment rooms, during services, also with pre/post safety guidelines and sanitation protocols. We believe that with our education in Estheticians and or Nursing education with hundreds of hands on services, we have learned how to properly use, maintain, and educate our clients to receive this advanced modality.  

With our education on Chemical peels, microdemabrasion, and laser hair removal training we learn extensively how the skin repairs itself, the healing process, and how to carefully treat within the Epidermis, Micro needling up to 1.0 is treating within the Epidermis. By adding specific protocols to our syllabus and how-to education, with guidelines, micro needling will be a great opportunity for growing Estheticians and or Registered Nurse

This modality is important to us on many levels. First and foremost to bring to light the efforts of certain special interest group that has tried to monopolize the cosmetic beauty business by declaring these procedures medical. Second the effect on thousands of single women own businesses that will lose their livelihood and will experience financial hardship if they keep taking procedures away from us. This has been an ongoing fight since 2003 and has led to significant anxiety of our future in this trade. 

The obvious question is what does Chinese acupuncture have to do with cosmetic facial services?  This is clearly a cosmetic treatment and devices can be purchased by the consumer and this trend will continue if this popular cosmetic beauty treatment is not properly addressed.  Should the same standard apply to tattoo needles?  It is a curious double standard.

Public safety is the reason the Board over see’s Estheticians and or Registered Nurses. Micro needling is on the rise due to media, celebrities, and health care professionals. Our public can easily access this modality by purchase on-line,that may come as an import with no real safety standards. Hence doing more harm, possible damage while treating themselves. By putting this into the hands of a Professional Estheticians and Registered Nurses, the Board, the public and our colleagues can rest assured that clients will be handled with safety and sanitation protocols in place to provide a treatment in a clean and controlled environment. We have to stay abreast in the ever evolving Esthetics and Registered Nurse industry. This is the current treatment our clients desire. We are educated to provide this safely. 

 Utah has recently added microneedling to the Scope of Master Esthetician. Utah, much like Massachusetts, holds a very high standard in requirements to obtain a ME licence. Below is the recent update to Utah LME. 

Thank you for your support. Please add where you’re from in MA and make a comment how this effects your business. 
Stacy Samuel RN

 

 



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