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Laser Hair Removal – Safety Standards

laser-safetyLaser hair removal is popular as it is a powerful and effective treatment for unwanted hair.

However, that power can harm as well as help. There are instances reported in the media where clients have been hurt and suffered skin damage due to equipment (or practitioner technique).

To protect clients, equipment must be required to meet safety standards.

Laser protection advisor, and director of Bioptica Laser Aesthetics, Mike Regan, told Aesthetics Journal that there are particular standards that lasers must adhere to in order to be classed as safe.

“Recent years have seen a significant amount of work being done by the various international and European bodies responsible for the definition of laser product safety standards.

“The main International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for medical and aesthetic laser products is IEC 60601-2-22.”

BS/EN 60601-2-22:2013 covers safety standards for medical electrical equipment. This outlines the requirements for basic safety and essential performance of surgical, cosmetic, therapeutic and diagnostic laser equipment.

There are also standards for laser safety eyewear in Europe. The relevant standard required is EN 207. This is managed via standardisation body CEN (European Committee for Standardisation).

Laser safety standards should be enforced by bodies such as Trading Standards and any concerns should be reported to them.

The best advice is for patients to choose reputable clinics who have invested in good, reliable laser hair removal machines; which meet all the UK standards and are also serviced and maintained in the best possible condition..


Quinn Clinics’ laser hair removal centre in Clifton offers a choice of 2 state of the art laser hair removal machines depending on each patient’s unique requirements. Both were purchased new and have been fully serviced and maintained to assure high standards:

  • Candela elōs Plus with Motif
  • Lumenis Lightsheer

Staff are fully trained and as Quinn Clinics is a doctor owned and led business, clinical standards are very high.


While many competitors charge for the initial consultation, at Quinn Clinics there is a free consultation and skin more without any pressure.

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

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