VillaSPRINGFIELD – To promote healthy body image, State Senator Karina Villa passed a measure out of the Senate Thursday to facilitate practices for affordable access to laser hair removal treatment.

“Sense of worth and self-esteem may be correlated to a person’s appearance,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “Many individuals living with hormone imbalances or skin conditions that cause unwanted hair growth may find appreciation for their bodies through laser hair removal."

House Bill 4357 would allow trained professionals, including registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, to perform a non-ablative laser hair removal procedure as long as a physician delegated it and supervision protocol is in place.

The bill would also provide that an on-site physician exam is not required prior to these procedures under specific conditions and would allow an advanced practice registered nurse to conduct the exam in place of a physician.

“Ensuring access to these procedures for a greater number of individuals will empower them and boost their confidence,” said Villa. “I hope this initiative will help people achieve a better sense of self.”

House Bill 4357 passed the Senate on Thursday.