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IPL & Laser Treatments Are Popular & Effective But Not Risk Free
Laser treatments are a popular and highly effective way of removing unwanted hair from areas of the body, and smoothing out skin imperfections, such as wrinkles, stretch marks, tattoos and acne scars. Laser beams can destroy hair follicles in a fraction of a second, with far longer lasting results than other hair removal methods. When directed at the skin, electrodes in the laser beam will blast away the top layers, exposing the pink lower layer or dermis. Heating the dermis stimulates the production of collagen, and this in turn causes healthy, blemish-free layers of skin to form.
What Can I Do If I Was Injured By An IPL Or Laser Treatment?
Since 2010, the legal position in the UK has been that non-surgical cosmetic laser and IPL procedures, including hair removal, skin resurfacing / rejuvenation and tattoo removal, can be carried out by anyone, regardless of their level of training or experience. This means that the majority of the estimated 10,000 private clinics providing cosmetic laser and IPL treatments in the UK are unregulated, despite the well-known risks that such procedures can involve, including burns, scarring and infections. If you have been injured by a laser or IPL treatment therefore you need to speak to a solicitor, as there is no official industry body to handle complaints.
In November 2014, MP Mike Gapes tabled a question in Parliament addressed to Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, asking what measures should be taken to ‘ensure more effective regulation of providers of cosmetic laser treatments’, after a lady in his constituency was left badly scarred by a laser hair removal treatment. He along with other critics of the current system advocates the creation of an approved register of cosmetic laser treatment providers. Until this becomes a reality, however, numerous patients will continue to be injured every year due to poorly performed cosmetic laser and IPL procedures, and their only option will be to seek legal redress.
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If No Skin Patch Test Was Carried Out Can I Claim Compensation?
Possibly, as patch tests results are a strong indicator of the safety of this treatment. Even before deregulation in 2010, thousands of ‘adverse events’ were recorded annually by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Laser treatments require a high level of technical accuracy, otherwise powerful laser beams can burn and damage the skin, potentially causing permanent scarring. A careful medical evaluation of prospective patients is necessary to assess an individual’s skin sensitivity, and determine the correct wavelength and pulse duration of the laser beam. Skin patch and / or hair strand tests should also be carried out where required for the same purpose of assessing a person’s suitability for a laser treatment.
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If The IPL Laser Was Incorrectly Set Can I Claim Compensation?
Human errors at laser clinics include technicians setting the laser to the wrong frequency, causing damage when the beams are directed onto the skin. The laser may also be targeted at areas for fractionally too long with similar results. Typically, these types of mistakes will burn the skin, causing blistering and temporary, or in some cases permanent scarring. The skin may also have an uneven texture or be discoloured in patches following a treatment. Where such injuries affect facial areas a person may be left disfigured, and awareness of this can lead to acute embarrassment, loss of self esteem and psychological problems.
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Solicitors That Deal With IPL & Laser Personal Injury Claims
Our female solicitors regularly handle claim on behalf of clients who have been burned or otherwise injured by laser treatments. Because we specialise in laser injury claims, you can rest assured that we will obtain to maximum amount of compensation for you. Contact our specialist team today for free, confidential legal advice.
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