Understanding the legalities of laser hair removal
24th September 2012
Laser hair removal is considered by professionals and many celebrities to be one of the safest and most effective methods of removing unwanted hair from problem areas on the body. The process itself is painless, with some likening it to the gentle snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
The process involves pointing a specialized laser beam at the base of the hair follicle, destroying the follicle itself. Over a few treatments, hair growth can be permanently halted. There are a number of clinics which provide this service to the public, but with so many stories of good and bad experiences, it can be difficult to know what to look for in a good clinic.
This article will briefly outline some of the basic legal things to look out for when choosing a clinic to permanently remove unwanted hair to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
Legal requirements: Practice
The rise in popularity of laser hair removal has meant that over the past few years, a number of practices offering more general skin care treatments have also started to offer laser hair removal treatments outside of NHS dermatology practices.
As a result, it is now required by law that any practice not on the NHS such as private practices and beauty salons, be registered and monitored by the Care Quality Commission. This is a government agency protecting the safety and health of consumers. Always check that whichever clinic you go to is registered with the Care Quality Commission.
A good example of such a clinic is sk:in in Harley Street London. The clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission, as well as the British Skin Foundation. The company also employs expert medical staff who have the necessary qualifications and experience to provide a safe and effective treatment.
Legal Requirements: Practitioner
Look for a practitioner who is specially trained to use the equipment required for your laser treatment. The most basic qualification required by law is an NVQ3 or equivalent.
The person in charge must also have a current Health Care Certificate registration and have taken part in a laser safety training day. You are well within your rights to ask to see qualifications and proof of training. Practitioners should also be covered by specialist insurance. With a clinic like sk:n, you can rest assured that all of these basic requirements are covered for your safety and comfort.