Are Laser Treatments Safe?

By: Dr. John Curry Feb 26, 2015
Are Laser Treatments Safe? | Beauti-Med Laser Skin Care Centre

How Can I Ensure My Laser Treatment will be Safe?

Ensure the operator has the proper training

Lasers, when first introduced to cosmetic physicians for hair removal, for instance, the average lay person could not afford to buy the machine. Also, the laser manufacturers were not keen on selling to just anyone, without offering intense training as part of the purchaser’s package. This way the manufacturers could monitor their brand positively. They would not have to worry about their machines falling into the hands of someone that did not know what they were doing and causing irreversible damage to a client’s skin. This type of outcome would have been disastrous for the laser manufacturers, causing a muddied reputation and a loss of sales.

Buyer Beware

Fast forward to today and used lasers are being replaced with newer and more improved models. As a result, a surplus of older machines is becoming readily available in the market. The second hand dealers do their part by revitalizing these machines and selling them at affordable prices. With affordable prices comes accessibility; now anyone can own a laser and start a business. For this reason, more and more the world is becoming a “Buyer Beware” landscape; especially in this cosmetic rejuvenation realm.

Policing Bodies

The scary reality is these particular laser operators do not receive the proper training to run the laser, there is no one to maintain the laser, and most operators have no medical knowledge of the skin. And, as these business owners are not doctors or nurses; there is no policing body, like the College of Physicians of British Columbia, to protect the client against injury.

Protect Yourself

  1. We live in a society where we believe a “medical” institution is safe and we accept mostly, without question, that a procedure will be safe. However, lasers can cause damage such as scarring if placed in the wrong hands. Be aware; protect yourself by asking questions;
  2. Was this laser bought directly from the manufacturer or is it second hand?
  3. What training was received to operate this laser?
  4. How many years has the technician used this laser?
  5. Is the laser maintained regularly by an approved technician? When was the last maintenance recorded?
  6. Is there a nurse or doctor on site?
  7. May I see your before and after pictures of individuals that have had this treatment?

Asking these questions; and receiving the answers you feel comfortable with, will help ensure that your laser treatment will be effective and safe.


Dr. John Curry is the Medical Director of BEAUTI-MED Laser Skin Care Centreand he understands how deeply problem skin can affect our well-being. During his general and surgical practice, he consulted time and again with patients requesting treatment that would effectively rejuvenate and correct skin – without the cost and recovery time of cosmetic surgery.

Dr. John Curry, MRCS, LRCP, DRCOG, has received extensive training and has performed major and cosmetic surgery for over 25 years. His memberships and qualifications includes The Royal College of Surgeons, The International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.