Does anyone know of an independant survey of side effects/complications rates for laser hair removal, especially segregated by practitioner, ie. drs derms, drs plastics, on-site dr supervision, off site dr supervision, non-dr practice, etc.
There are now news spots and articles that sensationalize the side effects of laser hair removal, most if not all promoted by doctors trying to protect the large market represented by laser hair removal. They tend to take the most agregious situations and suggest that is the norm. The most recent was a case in NY where a practioner was let off in handcuffs for impersonating a doctor, but the body of the article suggested the problem was a no doctor doing laser hair removal and that person should be put in jail for doing laser hair removal and not being a doctor. (fact is most laser hair removal is not done by the dr anyway but someone on their staff). The issue should be the proper training of the person doing the procedure and that person having an adequate medical background to understand and react to comlications, get a dr involved when needed, and highlight skin problems that are contraindications to using lasers so the client can be referred to their derm.
Our feed back in the marketplace is that even with drs who say they have on site supervision, most docs are not doing the laser hair removal procedure and are not on site while all procedures are taking place anyway. Plus many docs (even the luminaries in laser hair removal) don’t do the procedures themselves and don’t give any significant training to their techs who may or may not be licensed nurses.
The main issue should always be client care, doing no harm and providing great service at a fair price.