Have you been wanting to improve your appearance and become hair free in time for summer and yet the treatment has left you with burns?

Laser IPL, also referred to as laser hair-removal treatments, have become immensely popular in recent years, but unfortunately, this has led to a number of non-medically trained personnel taking advantage of the phenomenon which has led to laser hair removal burns.

Those with minimal training have been performing laser IPL on patients, an incredibly concerning fact when we consider these individuals have inadequate knowledge of what to do in the event something goes wrong.

We see negligent laser treatment received by our clients all too often.

These treatments do pose a risk, even when performed by highly trained specialists.

When performed improperly, they can cause disfiguring injuries such as laser hair removal burn marks in sensitive areas like the bikini line and face.

For those considering laser hair removal on the face or any part of the body, here are some important questions to ask first:

  1. Is laser treatment appropriate for your skin type, hair colour, complexion and/or intended body area? Suggest that the operator test a small patch of skin before you undergo the procedure. You should talk to your doctor before undergoing any laser treatment.

  2. Is a medical doctor immediately available during or after the procedure? What steps are in place in case of an emergency? Ask the provider to review your medical history.

  3. Who will actually perform the procedure? What licensing, training and insurance does the operator have? How many times has the operator performed laser hair removal? Has he or she done it on the part of the body and skin type that you want treated?

If you experience pain, burns or discoloration after a procedure, seek medical attention straight away.

Injuries that can occur as a result of a negligent laser hair removal treatment include:

  • Scarring
  • Burning sensation soon after laser hair removal
  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin)
  • Uneven skin appearance following the IPL treatment

Have you been burnt by IPL?

Laser hair removal injuries can be very upsetting and we understand that this can be a hard time for you, which is why we will make sure your claim is dealt with in a delicate way.

Remember, you may be able to receive laser hair removal burn compensation and should explore this. If you prefer, we can ensure that you speak to a female lawyer at Specters on 0300 303 3629.

Article by Cosmetic Surgery Claims Litigation Executive, Lina Aleksandroff.