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Who Can Do Laser Hair Removal?

question markAt the moment, laser hair removal can be carried out by anybody in the UK.

A recent report into the potential regulation of cosmetic interventions said:

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as the injection of dermal fillers and treatments using lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL) are not classified as a regulated activity by the CQC.

Non-surgical providers are not required to register with the CQC.

Generally, these providers are not subject to any additional regulation beyond those of the wider service sector such as the requirements set down by the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)35.

These regulations are enforced by Local Authority bodies such as Trading Standards and Environmental Health. Local Authority Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) can inspect premises to ensure that they conform to health and safety requirements. EHOs do not have the training or expertise to determine whether staff are adequately trained and following best practice, and neither do EHOs possess the power of sanction.

Yet there are potential risks and complications in laser hair removal, such as blisters, scarring, darkening or loss of pigmentation or the worsening of skin conditions such as acne or rosacea. Good providers manage these risks carefully through staff selection and training as well as investment in good equipment.

With this report in the public domain and media coverage of the risks involved in the cosmetic surgery and cosmetic treatments industry, there are hopes that this might change in the future.

Until then, anybody looking for laser hair removal or IPL treatment is advised to choose their providers carefully.

There are those that do invest heavily in training and equipment, as well as choosing to be registered with the CQC for extra peace of mind.


For laser hair removal in the Bristol area, Quinn Clinics offer an excellent range of services. The company is owned and run by GP Dr John Quinn and meets high standards throughout, being registered with the CQC.

Contact us now for your appointment.

68, Oakfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BG.
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 924 4592

Email: info@quinnclinics.co.uk


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