Modern society has grown to embrace advances in technology, especially as of late technology that makes every day life more convenient. Among these new conveniences, is the growingly popular laser hair removal technology that is sparking interest by non-physicians.
Laser hair removal has recently become more and more advertised on Tv, the radio and flyers, as people rush to embrace and capitalize on this growing new trend. As people come to see the popularly growing concept take form individuals looking to take advantage of the treatment are buying machines and setting up shop. Three states—New York, Virginia, and Georgia—do not consider laser treatment to remove hair a medical treatment, while 35 states do, 26 of which require on-site medical supervision of non-medical operators offering the treatment. Eleven states still do not have any laws regulating the practice of laser hair removal at all.
A JAMA Dermatology study found that in 2008 the percentage of non-physician operators providing laser hair removal was 36% but increased by 2011 to approximately 78%. In the absence of regulation, proper training and supervision, the service provided by individual operators offering this treatment is open to increased risk associated with laser hair removal. If not done properly laser hair removal can leave burns, irritation and damage skin.
In Brooklyn a woman sued after her third treatment, which ended in burning pain, large red markings and ultimately burns to the skin, which had been in contact with the laser treatment. In that case the operator was not a physician, but the New York Times Well blogs report a confidential settlement was reached.
Laser hair removal is not without risk and in cases where consumers have adverse results lawsuits have been arising. Laser hair removal performed by someone improperly can result in blistering, eye damage, permanent scarring and skin discoloration.