Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal treatments are more effective and last longer than alternative forms of removing unwanted hair. They work by the laser beam penetrating the outer layers of skin, destroying the individual hair follicle with pulses of intense heat.
The use of laser equipment is not currently regulated which means that the standard of equipment can vary significantly between different treatment centres/clinics.
There is also no formal qualification needed to operate the machines. However, a reasonable standard of competence is expected and where the quality of service falls below a basic minimum, then an injured person will often be able to claim compensation for pain and suffering and financial losses.
The treatment centre, salon or clinic should evaluate clients and assess their suitability for laser treatment and determine the correct settings for the individual's skin and hair type. This should include carrying out a patch test to check for sensitivity to the laser.
The most common errors are setting the laser to the wrong frequency for the skin type or setting the timer for too long - both can cause severe burn injuries and irreparable skin damage.
In addition to burns, the laser can cause:
- Burns and blisters
- Corneal ulcers
- Hyper-pigmentation (temporary darkening of the skin)
- Hypo-pigmentation (permanent lightening of the skin)
- Reduced muscle tone causing the skin to sag
How we can help
Making sure that you don’t suffer financially is important to us. As well as using our expertise to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available for your injuries, we will also recover any out-of-pocket expenses that you have had because of the injury.
We may also be able to handle your claim on a no win no fee basis – please ask for details.
If you would like more information or just want a no obligation chat about your options, contact our friendly professionals today.