Laser-hair removal procedures have become immensely popular in recent years. However, they are not without risk. Hundreds of procedures are carried out daily in Ireland by untrained staff.
Performed improperly, the procedures can cause disfiguring injuries such as severe burns in sensitive areas like the bikini line and the moustache area above the lips.
Lawsuits have increased considerably over the past number of years over laser surgery and it is one of the most commonly performed procedures that results in litigation.
Speaking about the risks of laser hair removal Liam Moloney healthcare Solicitor said today, “I continually see women who have been injured as a result of the negligence of laser hair removal operators. Many treatment centres such as spas that offer laser treatments and other cosmetic treatments often employ untrained and unlicensed staff. Many clinics are also providing these services to women despite the fact that they have no indemnity insurance to compensate injured victims if something goes wrong.”
In laser hair removal, pulses of light are used to destroy hair follicles. Operators make critical assessments of an individual’s skin type and how far apart to schedule treatments as well as other important decisions. Among those with the greatest risk of complications are people with more natural pigment in their skin or those who are tanned.
Laser operators with no medical or proper training often treat something that looks like a sunspot but is actually skin cancer, obscuring the disease until it is much more advanced. Consumers should carry out diligent research before seeking treatment.
Mr Moloney continued, “For those considering laser hair removal here are some factors that they should consider before undergoing the treatment:
- Ask who will actually perform the procedure and what training do they have and how many times have they performed laser hair removal in the past.
- Has the operator experience of doing laser hair removal on the part of the body that you want treated?
- Ask whether laser treatment is appropriate for your skin type, hair colour, complexion and body area.
- Make sure that the operator tests a small patch of skin before you undergo the procedures.
- If you experience burning type pain or discolouration after a procedure immediately contact your doctor and then seek legal advice.