Many individuals in the UK are going for laser hair removal treatments, and for good reason. The procedure is relatively painless and can result in the long-term removal of body hair. For some, it can even result in the removal of body hair permanently, especially if they undergo more than a few treatments.

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How it works

The process is quite simple. The laser beam is designed to blast as well as penetrate the skin’s outer layer, and this, in turn, destroys the hair follicles or roots with the use of intense or extreme heat. Since the hair follicles are destroyed, the hair will be prevented from growing back, either in the long-term or permanently. If you have unwanted hair on your legs, face, arms, back, shoulders, and other parts of the body, then laser hair removal can be a good option.

The dangers

But, as with other procedures, laser hair removal treatments come with risks as well. As you may already know, laser beams are quite strong, and, if not done correctly, it can result in burns to the skin. The burns can range from minor to severe and may even lead to permanent marks, scars, or blemishes. One of the most common reasons why laser injuries occur is when the machine is set to a wrong frequency – usually when it’s too high. If the treatment takes too long, this can result in laser burn injuries as well.

The risks from inadequately trained technicians

The bad news is that the laser hair removal treatment industry is not properly regulated. The technician or beautician has a duty of care to you as a customer, and this includes carrying out the proper procedures such as a thorough evaluation of your skin type and hair type so they can determine what frequency to use for the machine. According to the Care Standards Act of 2000, technicians have to register with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) when they are planning to use Class 3b as well as Class 4 laser technology, including IPL, for the removal of scars. But for non-surgical treatment, such as the removal of bodily hair, technicians and beauticians do not have to register. This is where the problem lies – since technicians and beauticians performing laser hair removal treatments do not have to be properly licenced or registered, many of them do not have the right skills and knowledge to perform the procedure, which increases the risk of laser burn injuries.

If you suffer an injury

If you have gone through laser hair removal treatment and have suffered an injury, whether it’s a laser burn injury, discolouration of the skin, or more, you have every right to claim compensation from the responsible party. Gather all the evidence you can and speak to an experienced solicitor. Personal injury solicitors often work on a No Win, No Fee basis, so you only settle their fees once you receive compensation.