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Laser Hair Removal Claims

Have you suffered painful side effects of negligent laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal and IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal are among the most common cosmetic procedures in the UK. Unfortunately, problems can occur during and after the surgery, with many issues caused by practitioners who are not qualified to carry out the treatment.

If you have been the victim of negligence during this kind of procedure, the experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. In our many years of representing patients who have received substandard care, we have recovered more than £3 million and counting.

We work on a no win, no fee basis and, as the first legal firm established specifically to fight cosmetic surgery negligence, we will put you in the best possible position to succeed.


To speak to us about your claim, get in touch today. Either call 0800 634 0285 or request a callback from the team using our online contact form below.

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About laser hair removal

The process involves a concentrated laser light being beamed into hair follicles. The base of the follicle (the origin of new hair growth) is erased, thus preventing regrowth. This can be performed on all areas of the body.

Common areas that are targeted include the face, legs, bikini line, underarms and arms. Laser hair reduction procedures can also be used for a patient’s back, shoulders, chest and abdomen. In addition, the surgery can treat ingrown hairs.

What to ask the surgeon

Unfortunately, problems can occur during and after the surgery, with many issues caused by practitioners who are not qualified to carry out the treatment.

The colour of your skin can also cause injury – in fact, the darker the colour of your skin, the higher the risk. That’s because laser hair removal works by targeting pigmentation, or melanin, in the hair follicle. Darker skin contains high levels of melanin, meaning there is a heightening risk of the light energy being transferred to the surrounding skin and causing burns.

Before undergoing any procedure, we therefore advise you to ask the following questions:

  • What type of laser is being used?
  • Why has that particular laser been chosen for your skin?
  • Is there literature available that states the laser is appropriate for your skin colour?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • Have any adverse effects been experienced with other patients?
  • How many treatments will be required?

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 is 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 regrowth.

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.

The process for IPL treatment is as follows:

  • The hair being treated is trimmed back so it is only a few millimetres above the skin. You will need to wear a protective eye mask, especially if you are treating the hair on your face.
  • The surgeon will run the laser unit over the targeted area. It gets rid of hair by sending out two beams of high-energy light pulses (one yellow, one red), which work together to dissolve the existing hair and the follicles.
  • After the treatment has finished, a cooling gel is applied to the treated area to help reduce discomfort.
  • You will usually need around six to eight treatments to stop the hair growth completely.

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.

Examples of negligence

The continued popularity of laser hair removal has resulted in a dramatic rise in litigation, particularly against non-medically trained practitioners since 2010, when the UK government deregulated the use of lasers.

As a result, the procedure is often carried out in beauty salons and clinics. Though staff in these establishments may not be medically qualified, they still have a professional duty of care to perform these treatments without error.

If you have been injured as a result of laser hair removal, or if you have not been informed of the risks associated with the procedure, you may be entitled to compensation. Common injuries caused by negligent laser hair removal include:

  • Excessive swelling, redness and soreness post-surgery
  • A burning sensation as the laser runs over the skin
  • Blistering
  • Scarring
  • Skin colour changes
  • Why make a claim?

No one should have to suffer as a result of a professional’s incompetence or negligent treatment.

If you have been injured by laser hair removal, you should be compensated for any financial burdens and emotional distress caused as a result. This includes financial loss whilst out of work and the cost of follow-up or corrective treatment.

Making a claim also helps to ensure that the person who caused your injury is prevented from doing the same to another person.

Why Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors?

We were the first legal practice to be established in England and Wales solely dedicated to supporting victims of cosmetic surgery negligence. As a result, we know exactly what it takes to bring a claim that has the best possible chance of winning.

This experience, coupled with our sensitive and respectful way of working, means our clients benefit from a comprehensive, stress-free service that places their best interests at the centre of everything that happens.