Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular method for getting rid of unwanted hair. It uses pulses of intense light in order to remove hair, and lasers can also be used to remove tattoos and other scars. Laser hair removal is, on the whole, a safe procedure but it is important to remember that there are risks.
It is necessary to consider the risks as well as the benefits. If a laser hair removal procedure leaves you with scarring or burns, you could apply for compensation. Here are the facts about laser hair removal from a risk management perspective.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
The intense heat from a laser helps to stop the hair from growing, which is beneficial to people who want to control hair growth over the long term. It is a relatively easy and economical procedure for dealing with unwanted hair and usually works best on people with light skin and darker hair.
Laser Hair Removal Considerations
Laser hair removal does not guarantee no hair growth forever. Laser hair removal is not suitable for blonde, white or light-coloured hair as the laser cannot usually “see” the pigment in light hair. If you are unsatisfied with the results on light hair it is unlikely that you will be able to apply for compensation since this has not caused you physical harm, and also because the clinician probably warned you about the lack of effectiveness before the procedure.
What are the Risks for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal may cause temporary discomfort to the skin or irritation. It may cause swelling or redness but these effects generally fade within a few hours. There may be pigment changes to the skin. In rarer cases, laser hair removal can result in scarring, a serious laser burn, blistering, or skin crusting. It is not recommended for laser hair removal to be carried out in the area surrounding the eye since this can result in serious eye injuries.
Making a Claim for Laser Hair Removal Injury
If you have suffered a skin infection, a burn, extreme itching or skin sensitivity, or scarring, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This will be possible if you can prove that the clinician ignored safety advice, did not take due care and attention, or was not trained in the procedure. You may be able to make a claim for psychological and emotional injury, particularly if the injuries are long-lasting and visible. A laser burn may even affect your career or your earning potential, which is taken into account when you are making a claim.