The beauty industry has taken a big leap in recent years, with more and more money circulating in beauty treatment circles. It has its advantages, of course – more and more people are able to do something about unwanted hair growth, making them more aesthetically appealing and making them feel better about themselves – but it also has its disadvantages; the treatment does not come without a certain set of risks. As the industry grows, so do (unfortunately) the accidents that happen, often with serious injury. If you are a victim, you should take action. Here’s the most important info you should know when making a laser and IPL treatment claim.
What is laser and IPL treatment?
In general, laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light or Laser) is a relatively safe and effective way of getting rid of unwanted hair; laser beams are targeted at the roots of the hair (the follicles) and destroy them, thereby preventing (or delaying for a long time) unwanted hair from growing back.
However, it should be understood that the procedures also carry some risk and that certain safety measures should be taken. That’s where the problem lies: the beauty industry is not sufficiently regulated to prevent mistakes from happening.
What can go wrong?
Several problems can occur during or after the treatment. The most common ones are:
The technician or beautician is supposed to give you a skin test before performing the procedure to ensure you can handle the risks, or to ensure that the risks are minimised. If you have not been given a proper skin test, your technician or beautician could be liable for negligence.
Often injuries occur because the tools and machinery that are used to perform the procedure are set to a wrong or faulty programming or are not calibrated the right way. Again, this would point to ignorance or negligence or the insufficient training of the technician.
Here’s one serious problem when it comes to hair removal and how the UK law sees it: despite the fact that it carries risk and continues to pose a potential problem to the customer, it is not regulated enough; in fact, under UK law anyone can carry out the procedure, including hair removal, skin resurfacing, and tattoo removal – despite the proven dangers of laser and IPL. In other words, there is no official industry body to handle unwanted incidents. It’s important you speak to a laser burn solicitor right away if you have ever been a victim, so compensation can be sought with expert help.
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