Laser hair removal has become more and more popular over the past years, and there are good reasons for this; it seems to be a fairly reliable semi-permanent solution to unwanted hair growth. Though mostly popular with women, more and more men are getting interested, and the demographic is definitely changing.

Unfortunately, however, the beauty industry is still highly unregulated, and this often leads to misunderstandings and worse, unwanted incidents in which customers are harmed and often sustain injuries. Laser treatment is not without risk, after all, and in the hands of a negligent or ignorant person, it can lead to serious personal injury. Have you suffered from a laser hair removal injury? Here’s how you can prove negligence.

Common injuries

There are many kinds of injuries that can result from laser treatment, but here are just some of the most common ones:

  • Skin irritation
  • Redness or swelling at the affected area
  • Laser burn injuries in various degrees
  • Scarring
  • Tenderness of skin
  • Numbness at the affected area
  • Psychological trauma as a result of wounding, scarring, and disfiguration

What your beautician should do

Your beautician has the duty to perform certain tasks before starting the treatment. These include:

  • Informing you of the risks and suggesting alternative treatment methods
  • Giving you a realistic view of the possible outcomes of the procedure
  • Giving you a chance to change your mind
  • Offering you advice for after the procedure

What your beautician should not do

Make sure that the beautician never does the following:

  • Pressure you into undergoing a certain procedure
  • Rush you into making decisions
  • Offer you benefits (such as discounts) in order to influence your decision
  • Mislead you regarding the expected results of the procedure

Seeking compensation

More often than not, personal injuries are the result of the negligence of the beautician – the person performing the procedure has either neglected to inform you of certain effects or has failed to perform certain necessary tasks. Often the fault also lies with faulty equipment and tools, or the wrong use thereof.

It’s important to realise that you have the right to seek compensation for personal injury and that it would be foolish not to do so. The compensation that you receive may not adequately make up for your injuries (nothing ever will, truth be told), but it may ease the pain and the suffering. Furthermore, it will also ensure that the person will not be able to harm another client again – or at least be more careful next time, and follow the right procedure. Health and safety affects everyone, after all.

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