Students interested in cosmetic laser training can find at least four private for-profit (non-degree granting, proprietary) schools in New York. These schools are registered or licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision of New York State. In addition to laser training, these schools offer training to prepare students for state licensure as cosmetologists and/or estheticians. Some schools include laser training within the licensure preparation program or offer it as an advanced separate course.
Other schools offer training options in cosmetic laser techniques to licensed professionals. Advanced laser medical procedures training is offered in medical schools as part of dermatology residency programs for medical doctors. The five medical residency programs listed below offer residents a salary or stipend.
Cosmetic Laser Dermatology Medical Residency Programs in New York
The Columbia University Medical Center, in association with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, runs a 3-year dermatology residency program in New York City. One specialized area in the Columbia University's Department of Dermatology residency program is laser and cosmetic surgery. Residents receive hands-on training during the bimonthly surgical clinics and assist in laser and cosmetic procedures. Residents also observe cosmetic laser procedures, such as scalp reduction, hair transplantation, tattoo removal, hair removal and resurfacing, in a properly accredited ambulatory surgical center.
Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, offers a residency program in dermatology where students complete rotations through four hospitals and medical centers located in Manhattan and the Bronx, New York. Students can get instruction in Mohs micrographic surgery, used for treating a variety of skin disorders, including skin cancer. Cornell also participates in the New York Dermatologic Experience, which attracts leaders in dermatology to its educational forum. Procedures using a cosmetic laser, such as vascular lesions destruction, resurfacing and hair removal, take place at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Residents may choose from a variety of training options, such as outpatient clinics and consultation services.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The Department of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine, in New York City, has a Mohs micrographic surgery division, which provides residents with training in Mohs surgical and laser techniques and treatments. Residents hone their surgical skills by assisting surgeons with laser procedures for vascular and pigmented lesions. Residents work in a cosmetic clinic under the supervision of faculty.
New York University
Also located in New York City, New York University offers a dermatology residency program that includes laser training with a specialist at the Bellevue Hospital Medical Center. New York University also offers a fellowship in procedural dermatology that allows students to hone their skills in various cutaneous laser and cosmetic procedures.
University of Rochester
The University of Rochester Medical Center, in Rochester, has two dermatologists who provide residents with in-depth training in cosmetic dermatology and skin surgery. The center offers rotations in laser surgery, and residents receive hands-on training with industry current laser equipment. Residents learn to use dermatologic lasers to remove tattoos and treat psoriasis, among other procedures. Coursework includes seminars in cutaneous laser surgery principles.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Cosmetic Laser Training Offered|
|Columbia University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Residency in Dermatology|
|Cornell University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Residency in Dermatology|
|Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Residency in Dermatology|
|New York University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Residency in Dermatology,
Fellowship in Procedural Dermatology
|University of Rochester||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Residency in Dermatology|
Cosmetic Laser Cosmetologist/Esthetician Schools in New York
Aesthetic Science Institute
Based in Latham, the Aesthetic Science Institute offers a 600-hour course that allows students to prepare for the New York State Board Exam. Students passing this exam become licensed professional estheticians in the state of New York. Topics covered in the course include bacteriology, superfluous hair, chemistry, machines and electricity, make-up methods and business practices. The institute's 40-hour laser certification course is available to licensed estheticians. Students learn to use a laser to treat pigmentation and small veins and to remove hair and rejuvenate skin. Specific course topics include light and laser physics, skin histology and physiology, diseases, skin analysis, skin classification and client consultation. The laser certification course is not offered year around. Students need to contact the institute for scheduling details.
Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics
Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics on Park Avenue in New York City offers a 5-day laser hair removal course. This course is suitable for licensed acupuncturists and massage therapists, licensed cosmetologists and estheticians, physicians and physician's assistants, nurses and certified electrologists. It covers removing hair using lasers/intense pulsed light (IPL), along with courses in laser safety, bacteriology, the endocrine system, equipment, supplies, work area setup and business development. Students will be able to work with live models.
Lia Schorr Institute of Cosmetic Skin Care Training
Located in Manhattan, the Lia Schorr Institute of Cosmetic Skin Care Training requires that applicants for its laser hair removal course be doctors, nurses, physician's assistants or other medical professionals or licensed estheticians. Students learn how to remove hair using current technology and are instructed in special techniques for treating women's bikini lines and faces and men's backs and chests. They also learn guidelines for using lasers safely.
New York School of Esthetics & Day Spa
Tarrytown's New York School of Esthetics & Day Spa offers a 600-hour licensing esthetics program, which includes a laser course. The laser course is an advanced course and may require students to pay additional tuition beyond what is required for the esthetics program. The laser course covers laser safety, Fitzpatrick scale, laser tissue interaction, medical laser history, hair growth, medical terminology and photothermolysis. Students also learn about New York State regulations. Classes are conducted during the day and in the evening. Students need to contact the school for exact scheduling to determine days and times.
In the state of New York, non-ablative radio-frequency and laser procedures are deemed medical procedures and not within the range of practice of licensed cosmetologists and estheticians; however, licensed cosmetologists and estheticians are allowed to perform laser hair removal. These licensed professionals who offer their clients laser hair removal procedures must display a disclaimer to the effect that the Department of State of the state of New York does not regulate this practice.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Cosmetic Laser Training Offered||Program Costs|
|Aesthetic Science Institute||< 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb||Aesthetics Certification Course; Laser Certification||$9,500 aesthetics certification course (as of January 2016); $2,600 laser certification tuition and fees (2016)*|
|Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics||< 2-year, private for-profit; large city||Laser/IPL Hair Removal Certificate Course||no pricing listed*|
|Lia Schorr Institute of Cosmetic Skin Care Training||< 2-year, private for-profit; large city||Laser Hair Removal Course||$2,750 (2016)*|
|New York School of Esthetics & Day Spa||< 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb||Licensing Esthetics Program; Laser Course||$8,675 for esthetics program (as of fall 2015)*|
Source: *School Websites