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The Risks of Laser Hair Removal You Need to Know

The promise of never needing to go through the effort of shaving, or the unbearable pain of waxing ever again has made laser hair removal one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Whilst it has been proved to be a safe method of hair removal, when in the wrong hands, this isn’t always true.

May 10, 2016

So what can go wrong with laser hair removal?

With discount beauty and coupon sites more popular than ever, non-physicians are performing this treatment on patients without the medical expertise needed. According to a study carried out by an American dermatology company, 86% of lawsuits regarding laser hair removal in between 2008 and 2012 were those carried out by non-physicians. To protect your own safety, if you opt to have the procedure always choose a medically qualified practitioner to do the treatment. Those offered by high street salons aren’t as regulated and therefore don’t always practice the necessary standard of care, or even know what to do in the case of an emergency.

Unfortunately, the colour of your skin can also causes risk of injury. The darker the colour of your skin, the more at risk of injury you may be. Laser hair removal works by targeting pigmentation, or melanin, in the hair follicle. However, because darker skin contains high levels of melanin, you face the risks of trying to target the hairs, without transferring the light energy to the surrounding skin. There are types of technology that can be used of dark skin tones, however if this isn’t available you shouldn’t take the risk. Always check to make sure it is suitable and ask to see specific literature that explicitly states that it is suitable for darker skin.

You also shouldn’t have laser hair removal if you have a tan, as the same issue will occur as mentioned above. If anyone is willing to perform the treatment whilst you do, they may not have the necessary qualifications and you should elsewhere. The only way to protect yourself from injury, is to visit a trained professional, who has a specialism in laser hair removal. The lasers used are very powerful pieces of equipment and should only be used by professionals.

Before undergoing any procedure, ensure you ask the following questions:

  • What type of laser is being used; including any information on its effectiveness, strength etc.
  • Why that have chosen that particular device to be used on your skin
  • What are the risks involved?
  • Any adverse affects that they have experienced with other patients
  • How many treatments that anticipate you to need

Whilst there can be no guarantee that the procedure will be carried out without any injury, following these guidelines can help protect you.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of laser hair removal, such as burns, or discolouration of the skin you may have been the victim of cosmetic negligence. You can find out more information about the laser hair removal claims and how you may be eligible for compensation by contacting one of our solicitors. To find out more information, simply call us on 0808 159 1709, or fil out our online form and we will call you back.

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