October 2010 was an important time in the history of beauty treatments – and not a good one. It was then that the beauty industry became heavily deregulated, and this means that since then, anyone with a minimal amount of training can perform treatment procedures. Often this works out just fine, but with the rise of the industry, more and more incidents have occurred when things go wrong.
The deregulation ensures that the beauty technician does not need specific or specialised knowledge, and the cases of personal damage due to negligence have steadily increased over the years. Many beauty treatments carry with them significant risk, after all. Here are the most important facts you should know when getting laser hair removal treatment.
Why it can be dangerous
Laser treatment is based on the principle of bundled light – it’s concentrated. To put it in a simplistic way, it’s kind of like focusing a magnifying glass on paper to create a fire. It’s very effective, but it carries with it some risk. The procedure needs to be done by someone who has experience and is trained well enough to understand the risks.
Unfortunately, this training is often lacking – many times the technician just relies on the instructions on the box of the tool, or thinks they can handle it because it looks straightforward enough, not understanding what is actually happening. You have the right to certain procedures before treatment – you should undergo some pre-treatment requirements first, as confirmed by the laser hair removal treatment claims experts from http://shireslaw.com/. Not receiving those may be a bad sign.
Here are just some of the things you should be receiving before the actual treatment:
- A pre-treatment regime
- A full and proper consultation, with notes taken and issues discussed
- An examination of the area to be treated
- An explanation of the treatment, including all your questions answered
- A choice of different alternatives should you not like the proposed treatment
- Advice on the probable and expected outcome
- A run-through of the risks and potential dangers
Failure to comply
Make sure you get at least a patch test for potential allergic reactions, and that you give your informed consent before anything. Failure in these procedures may lead to neglect and possible harm.
If you haven’t received these pre-treatment requirements, your clinic or technician may be at fault. Not having received those procedures doesn’t necessarily indicate legal fault and responsibility, but it is a good indicator that they may have failed to follow proper procedure and that you have indeed been a victim of a personal injury due to negligence. If you have ever been a victim of a procedure gone wrong, do the right thing and seek professional medical and legal assistance right away.
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