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Laser Hair Removal Burns Stories and Advice

Daily Mail April 2016

The Daily Mail reported last week on patients who’d been left with burns, scars and pigmentation issues after laser hair removal treatment.

6% of women in Britain are now said to have tried laser hair removal – that’s over 2.2 million – in pursuit of hair-free skin. The vast majority of treatments are successful, but the Daily Mail’s story underlines that patients need to be cautious about selecting a provider.

Alice Anastasiou booked in for laser hair removal after a beach holiday, but after treatment her skin was immediately blotchy. She spent 3 days in bed trying to cool the skin which eventually scabbed and then left white rings of pigment damage.

Laser expert Andrea Mappouridis treated Alice’s burns with anti-inflammatory cream and told the Daily Mail that it was obvious why the £50 session had gone wrong.

‘It was clear the setting was too high for Alice’s tanned skin, especially after she had been so recently in the sun.’

But after complaining to the salon, Alice said:

‘They told me I should have known not to have it done as I’d been in the sun’

‘But I’d say it’s the therapist’s job to assess your skin.’

Laser Hair Removal vs IPL

There are two types of high-tech hair removal treatment: intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser. Both work by targeting the dark pigment, or melanin, in brown or black hair with high intensity laser heat which zaps the cells in the root, preventing them from regrowing. See  laser vs IPL technology.

The Daily Mail article explains:

‘IPL is cheaper and less effective as the light rays are more scatter-gun – for this reason it’s also considered more risky – while laser hair removal, which requires more expensive machinery, produces a concentrated beam of light that can be adjusted more precisely.’

‘However, if machines are set at the wrong frequency or directed at areas for too long, either technique can cause skin to burn, leaving patches where the pigment has been scorched.’

‘Yet despite the risks, the laser hair removal industry is unregulated and therapists do not need a licence to practise.’

According to the British Association of Dermatologists, 7 out of 10 skin doctors who’ve seen non-surgical cosmetic procedure problems, have seen damage specifically from laser hair removal treatments

The story underlines the need to be cautious about choosing laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is completely safe when it is conducted by a fully trained therapist, with suitable laser equipment which has been adjusted to the optimal settings for the customer’s skin and hair coloration.

  1. EQUIPMENT – quality, specification, type and standard of equipment does vary. Cases of damage to the skin tend to be more associated with cheaper systems or alternative technologies.
  2. PRACTITIONER – there are no minimum qualification standards for carrying out laser hair removal, literally anybody can do it. Ask what qualifications your laser hair removal practitioner has.
  3. CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES – Do provide full disclosure of any medical history including medications and previous treatments. Follow all recommended protocols regarding before and aftercare, such as when to shave the hair prior to appointment or limiting the skin’s exposure to the sun before and after treatment.

For more information, see Quinn Clinics’ Guide to Laser Hair Removal.


Quinn Clinics’ laser hair removal centre in Clifton offers a choice of 2 state of the art laser hair removal machines. Staff are fully trained and as Quinn Clinics is a doctor owned and led business, clinical standards are very high.


Quinn Clinics offer a free consultation and skin more without any pressure for clients to learn more.

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

Email: info@quinnclinics.co.uk


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