Laser Hair Removal Standardization Issues

The widespread popularity of the laser hair removal has led to an uncontrolled development of laser centers and practitioners which the lack of standardization of laser hair removal procedures. Moreover reporting of increased incidences of laser hair removal side effects has also highlighted the lack of proper standardization of persons and centers performing these procedures.

Many agencies are contributing for the standardization of hair removal methods, devices and products. There is no separate body solely concerned with standardization of this procedure separately but their efforts are worth mentioning.

FDA (food and drug administration)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned with regulating certain aspects of the marketing and labeling of hair removal products and devices. It classifies and identifies hair removal devices and gives clearance to devices for use as hair removal devices. It also enforces certain labeling and branding claims relating different hair removal devices including laser hair removal devices.

FTC (The US Federal Trade Commission)

FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices concerned with hair removal methods including laser hair removal. The Commission also enforces federal antitrust laws that prohibit anti competitive mergers and other business practices that restrict competition and harm consumers. It also stops acts or practices that threaten the opportunity for consumers of hair removal products and services to exercise informed choice.

USPS (The US Postal Service)

The US Postal Service regulates certain hair removal products including laser hair removal devices and products promoted or shipped through the US Mail.

USPTO (The US Patent and Trademark Office)

The US patent and trademark office reviews and grants patents and trademarks to individuals and companies creating and marketing hair removal products.

FCC (The US Federal Communications Commission)

The US Federal Communications Commission regulates hair removal devices that emit energy at certain frequencies.


In fact the need of the hour is proper regulation and the standardization of the laser hair removal procedure because a lots of hazards are attached to it. It can cause irreparable damage to a person's eyesight if performed by an inexperienced person without any proper training and knowledge of laser hair removal safety issues. So this is a sensitive issue which must not be overlooked and should be given proper consideration globally to ensure consumer health and safety.