Laser beauty treatment has become more and more popular – and for good reason, as it is relatively painless (compared to alternative methods) and actually can be performed in a semi-permanent way; it can be effective in the long-term.
On the other hand, the beauty industry (including the performance of procedures that employ laser technology) is largely unregulated. As a matter of fact, since October 2010, there has been no specific training or educational requirements for IPL (Intense Pulsed Laser) treatments, meaning that even the most unqualified person is technically allowed to perform such procedures. Predictably, the unwanted incidents of injuries have increased dramatically, and more and more people suffer injury due to negligence or faulty equipment. Here’s what you should expect before having laser beauty treatment – and what to do if you are injured.
What you should get before treatment
Your clinician should advise you on the following before your treatment:
- Pre-treatment advice and information to make sure your treatment will be effective
- A complete consultation, including the chance for you to take notes
- A complete explanation of the treatment, the procedure, and the possible risks involved
- Information on the possible outcomes and expectations for after the treatment
- Alternatives that you can opt for in case you prefer not to go through with the said treatment
Failure to give you advice
If you have not been given the above advice, your technician or beautician may be liable for negligence and failure to give you the proper information. This is especially the case if:
- You have not been given a patch test so that there will be no adverse or ill effects, or if you have not received an explanation why this is necessary
- If you have not been able to give your full consent prior to the procedure taking place
What to do
If the clinician is not able to comply with the above-mentioned aspects, it does not necessarily imply negligence – but on the other hand, it’s a good indicator. Keep records of all your expenses and seek both medical and legal assistance as soon as possible if you incur laser hair removal burns and other injuries.
It’s important for you to seek professional legal assistance if you feel you have sustained an injury due to laser treatment – for your own sake and for that of others’ as well. You may have the right to compensation (which could help tremendously in your physical and psychological healing process), and you have the duty to make sure those who are responsible are held accountable in order to prevent any future incidents from happening to other unknowing customers. When mistakes are made, it’s only normal that they are corrected in the best way possible. If you’ve been a victim, consult a solicitor as soon as possible.
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