In recent years, treatments involving the use of lasers have become increasingly popular. There are a range of treatments from which we can choose, and this includes laser skin resurfacing (the removal of ‘dead’ skin to encourage the development of new skin), laser tattoo removal (the removal of tattoo markings through high-intensity lasers), and laser hair removal (the removal of hair from different areas of the body, which can have semi-permanent results).
Amongst all these procedures, though, laser hair removal treatment remains the most popular, perhaps because a lot of us don’t want to be bothered dealing with unwanted hair on our arms, legs, back, face, and other areas ever again. But what should you really know about laser hair removal treatments, and, more importantly, what should you know about the risks? Let’s find out.
It has been deregulated
What’s ironic is that procedures such as laser hair removal have actually been deregulated, as far back as 2010. What this means is that it is no longer regulated, and basically anyone with a little bit of knowledge can perform the procedure. Technicians no longer have to be properly skilled or trained to work with laser hair removal machines, and many beauty salons can offer the treatment without any regulations whatsoever.
So, what does this mean for you? This means that if you go through a procedure of laser hair removal, you have a significant risk of becoming injured, whether you suffer from burns from laser hair removal or a skin infection, redness and swelling, blistering, scarring, or other injury.
Most of the technicians performing the procedure today are not well-versed in the level of intensity of the laser machine to use, and some don’t even perform a proper skin patch test. Remember this: before undergoing the procedure, you should have a consultation with the specialist, and they should examine and assess your skin, especially your skin’s colour and type, and they should also assess the hair in the area to be treated.
What you should expect from a specialist
The technician should also discuss your medical history with you and should ask you about medication you are currently taking, as this could affect the treatment’s results. They should also explain the risks of the procedure, such as laser hair removal burns which can lead to laser hair removal scars. If you decide to have the treatment, you should be asked to sign a consent form.
If your technician has not done any of the above things and you suffer a burn injury, an infection, or more as a consequence, you can seek compensation. Seeking compensation is made easier nowadays with many firms of solicitors offering No Win-No Fee agreements.
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