According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were over 1.3 million laser hair removal procedures performed in the United States in 2005, as compared to only 110,000 laser hair removal procedures done in 1998. While the number of laser hair removal procedures continue to increase, so to the risks, and unfortunately the number and severity of injuries.
Laser hair removal is actually a risky procedure. Unsightly burns and scars often occur due to unlicensed or unqualified personnel performing the procedure using dangerous medical equipment. Many times laser hair removal is done by using an IPL (intense pulsed light) machine. This laser machine heats the hair follicles underneath the surface of the skin and temporarily prevents re-growth of the hair. Laser and IPL machines can easily cause second-degree and third-degree burns, as well as other types of injury to the skin, if used negligently.
The risks and dangers of laser hair removal are made worse by the incompetence of unqualified and untrained personnel who perform the procedure. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, a licensed physician should directly supervise any procedure involving laser hair removal or IPL treatment. Nonetheless, your laser hair removal procedure is much more likely being performed by an esthetician or other non-licensed “technician.”
The operator of the laser hair removal equipment must be able to properly assess the skin type of the patient, as well as the patient’s skin sensitivity. There is greater risk of scarring and burn for patients with darker skin. Patients with tattoos are even more susceptible to laser burns, since the tattoo ink attracts the laser light, causing it to heat up and burn the tattoo. Moreover, non-medical professionals are more likely to mistake skin cancer spots for a sunspot. The lack of oversight and training in the laser hair removal industry is putting patients at risk.
Second-degree and third-degree burns are NOT normal! Do not let the technician, or any other person working at the laser facility that harmed you, tell you otherwise. They will tell you to “put some aloe vera on it and we will see you for your next treatment” while being fully aware that your burns will be permanent.
The laser hair removal burn injury lawyers at our law office have years of experience successfully resolving cases for clients who have suffered second-degree and third-degree burns at the hands of medi-spas and laser centers. Contact us for a free consultation.