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GPs Call for Brazilian Wax Ban, but Laser Hair Removal OK

brazilian laser hair removalThere are growing calls for a ban on Brazilian waxing and shaving, due to the risk of injury to delicate pubic skin. 

Emily Gibson, a family physician and head of a student health centre, wrote on the respected US medical website Kevin MD.com in 2011 in a feature entitled ‘The war on pubic hair must end’, saying:

“Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles, leaving microscopic open wounds. Frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that is combined with the warm, moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest bacterial pathogens,” .

In The Independent 2012, Dr Bav Shergill, Consultant Dermatologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, added:

“I agree that some of the methods of pubic hair removal can lead to damage to the skin itself as well as increasing the risk of infections.”

Laser hair reduction of pubic hair is safe, provided it is undertaken by a qualified practitioner.”

Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists, said:

“Different forms of hair removal carry varying levels of risk. In the wrong hands, laser hair removal can cause post-inflammatory pigmentation – this is when the skin becomes inflamed and as a result will be permanently discoloured. The skin could even be burned if lasers are not used properly.”

“For that reason, we would strongly recommend visiting a qualified dermatologist for such treatments.”

Doctor-Led Laser Hair Removal Clinic

Anyone looking to have a safe laser hair removal in the bikini area is well advised to choose an appropriate practitioner.

Quinn Clinics based in Bristol is owned by practising GP Dr John Quinn and registered with the CQC, for which high standards must be met.

The clinic offers a choice of 2 laser hair removal machines to suit different requirements and the procedure is carried out by a highly trained laser therapist.


A consultation with Quinn Clinics’ laser hair removal therapist includes a free skin test, so that you can experience exactly what laser hair removal feels like for you. If you would like to arrange your free laser hair removal consultation, please contact Quinn Clinics.

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


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