Legal Update: What A Beautician Should and Shouldn’t Do In Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a common procedure for removing unwanted hair but that doesn’t mean it is always carried out to the necessary high standards. It is by nature a procedure with a lot of potential for harm since it involves light energy at very high intensity. In fact, the risks of laser hair removal include skin burns and discolouration. If you suffer these types of injuries, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
In order to minimise the risks and carry out a safe procedure, the beautician or clinician who performs laser hair removal should do certain things. They should also refrain from doing certain things, as this could affect the safety or effectiveness of the procedure. Find out more about the beautician’s responsibility and what you can do if you are injured as a result of laser hair removal treatment.
Tell You About the Risks
The clinic should inform you of the possible risks, side effects, and consequences of the procedure. They should tell you the likelihood of success of the treatment based on your own skin and hair type. You should be able to ask questions about the level of risk and whether the treatment is likely to be a success. If they fail to inform you of the risks you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. They should also not mislead you about how effective the procedure will be or offer claims that cannot be substantiated. You should be clear about the risks and the benefits so you have the best chance to make up your own mind.
Give You the Opportunity to Change Your Mind
A beautician or clinician should always respect your decision if you decide not to go ahead with the procedure. They should not pressure you into changing your mind or go for the “hard sell” when you are not interested in the procedure. They should not offer you excessive discounts in order to persuade you to take the treatment. They should also not put you under time pressure to make a decision whether to go ahead with the treatment. You can change your mind at any point in the consultation or during the procedure.
Offer Advice After the Procedure
They should be available to answer questions you may have after the treatment about side effects, pain levels, and aftercare.
Use Clean and Modern Equipment
They should also use the right equipment for the procedure that is clean and hygienic, as well as modern and without defects. If this is not the case and the treatment results in injury, you should consult a laser burn lawyer.