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How Safe is Laser Hair Removal ?

November 16, 2015

With the promise of never having to endure a painful wax again, it is no wonder so many women have not been able to resist the allure of laser hair removal. In the right hands, laser hair removal can be a very safe procedure, with desirable results. However, with more salons then ever offering discounted rates on the cosmetic procedure, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of these procedures that have resulted in serious injury.

The vast majority of people are unaware that laser hair removal should only be carried out by a qualified clinician, such as a dermatologist or nurse practitioner. Of course it is not strictly out of the question for a beautician to carry out laser hair removal on a client, however the risks involved are much higher. This is due to a number of factors, predominantly that they lack the medical expertise to assess each patient individually and provide the correct course of treatment to keep them safe.

In the period of 2008-2012, it was reported that 86% of all laser hair removal negligence claims were filed against non-clinicians. Bearing that in mind, would you be happy to pay 60% less for a treatment, if you knew that there was an increased risk of being permanently scarred for life?

The risks associated with substandard laser hair removal are much worse than mild swelling and discomfort. Although these side effects can be upsetting for the patient, there is a much lower risk if a dermatologist carries it out. These side effects include:

  • Severe blistering
  • Herpes
  • Infections
  • Excessive scarring
  • Darkened/ Lightened Skin

To help protect yourself from injury, there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure your best interest is taken into consideration:

  • Before the procedure, find out if the clinic is operated under a medically qualified doctor and if they are near by in case of an emergency. Although it is fine for a trained professional to carry out the procedure, it should be carried out under the medical supervision of a doctor.
  • Find out the qualifications and experience of the individual who will be carrying out the laser hair removal. It is crucial to find out if they have done it before and if they have worked on that particular area of another person’s body before.
  • Depending on your skin tone, you will need different treatments to avoid burning and scarring. Before now, there were only certain skin types that responded to laser hair removal, however this has now opened to include blonde and red hair, however they can be more sensitive.
  • There also some medical conditions that put patients at higher risk, one of which is diabetes. It is your consultant’s responsibility to ensure that ensure you are fit for the treatment before commencing, to prevent complications. Do not wait for them to ask if you suffer from any conditions, or are currently taking any medication, let them as soon as possible.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of poor laser hair removal, contact our cosmetic surgery negligence solicitors today to discuss your potential case.

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