Laser hair removal claims
Laser hair removal claims

The following PI & Clinical Negligence guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Laser hair removal claims
  • What do the BMLA guidelines contain?
  • Risks and side effects
  • Establishing liability
  • Expert evidence
  • Who to sue?
  • Causation
  • Quantum

Originally produced in partnership with Arti Shah. Updated in partnership with Andrew Wilson

Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair via pulsed light which destroys hair follicles over a period of time. Several sessions are necessary as hair grows in phases and therefore will need treatment at the appropriate hair-growth stage.

Prior to October 2010, the use of intense pulsed light (IPL) devices and lasers for cosmetic purposes was regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). On 1 October 2010, the use of IPL was deregulated and with the change came an influx of therapists, not all appropriately trained, who could now offer these treatments.

Although the field is no longer regulated, there are still some minimum requirements for practitioners undertaking this work. A practitioner should have a minimum of an NVQ3 or equivalent.

In May 2019, the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) produced Treatment Guidelines for the use of Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Devices for Hair Reduction and Treatment of Superficial Vascular and Benign Pigmented Lesions. As the introduction to these guidelines makes clear, the use of Class 3B and 4 lasers and IPL devices is subject to standards and regulatory controls in recognition of what they describe as the unique potential hazards they pose to the tissues of the eye and skin including the risk of blindness and skin