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In Focus: Laser Hair Removal

May 21, 2015

shutterstock_269811188Laser hair removal is the process of using concentrated laser light to remove hair follicles and be rid of unwanted body hair. This treatment can be performed on different parts of the body including the face, legs, under-arms and the bikini area.

This method of hair removal has fast become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. In 2013, a survey conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) revealed that laser hair removal was in the global top three nonsurgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons – coming close behind Botox injections and resorbable fillers.

However, it is important to be aware that, despite the fact this is a non-invasive treatment, there is still an element of risk and complications can and do occur. Here are some of the things you need to know if you are considering the laser hair removal procedure:

What happens during the procedure?

Laser hair removal is usually performed as a course of six to eight treatments. Each session can last anything from 15 minutes to more than an hour and are spaced around four to six weeks apart.

The hair and skin type of the patient is analysed so that the equipment can be adjusted to suit – this is a very important part of the procedure as complications can arise if this is not taken into consideration.

Next, the patient will be smeared with a cold gel to protect the delicate skin from the laser beams and a concentrated laser light will beam into the individual hair follicles. Not only will the hair fall out but the follicle itself will be damaged to drastically curb hair re-growth.

Here in the UK, the most popular form of laser hair removal is the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) method. This is slightly different to regular laser hair removal in that it pulses out two beams of light in order to more effectively target follicles.

How long do the effects last?

Although laser hair removal is often described as having permanent results, the reality is that the results are simply very long-lasting. Many patients find they need to attend yearly top up sessions after their course of treatment in order to maintain hair-free skin.

What are the risks associated with laser hair removal?

Although every year hundreds of people in the UK undergo laser hair removal treatment with no adverse side effects, there is still a risk that things could go wrong. This is why it is essential that you choose a qualified and experienced professional in this field. If the treatment does not correctly match the hair and skin type of the patient it can result in a number of complications. These can include:

• Burns

• Blisters

• Scars

• Swelling

• Redness

• Soreness

• Changes to skin coloration

If you have experienced any of these signs of potential negligence or if you believe that you have been a victim of any form of cosmetic surgery negligence, contact us today at TJL Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors on 0800 634 0285 and talk to our dedicated team to find out if you could be eligible for compensation.

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