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Patients Warned Not to Compromise on Standards for Laser Hair Removal
If a woman shaves her legs 11,000 times in her life, just imagine the money spent on razors, let alone the time.
Frustratingly, shaving doesn’t even last, with many women feeling the early stubble by the end of the day. Waxing is an alternative which lasts longer, but also costs more and can also cause uncomfortable and unsightly in-growing hairs.
Laser hair removal offers the genuine promise of being “hair free”.
The treatment works by destroying the hair follicle with a beam of concentrated light. The pigment in the hair follicle is selectively heated and damaged, so that the hair literally falls out and doesn’t re-grow. Since the laser only works on an active hair follicle, the treatment is normally carried out as a course of around 6 sessions in order to treat all the follicles at their different stages in the growth cycle. After that, patients can generally expect to be up to 95% “hair free” and only a quick whiz with the razor every couple of weeks is required.
Laser hair removal also suits “problem” hair issues such as in-growing hairs, or excessive facial or body hair. No wonder it is so popular.
However, medical professionals are warning that this popularity could come at a cost. To meet the demand, laser hair removal, including the popular IPL (intense pulsed light) machines, is now quite widely available; yet the industry remains unregulated and there have been a number of cases of severe burns.
As with all cosmetic treatments, from anti-wrinkle injections and chemical peels to hair colouring, customers should choose their provider very carefully.
Bristol cosmetic doctor, Dr John Quinn, has specialised in Medical Aesthetics since 2005 and has treated literally thousands of patients. His Clifton-based clinic, Quinn Clinics, offer laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments.
Surprisingly, Quinn Clinics is the ONLY independent laser hair removal clinic in Bristol to be registered with the Care Quality Commission, ensuring rigorous clinical standards of excellence.
Dr Quinn commented: “Laser hair removal is a fantastic therapy and our patients love the feeling of confidence and freedom it gives them, as well as smooth stubble-free skin.”
“However, I definitely support calls for regulation of the laser industry. Lasers are extremely powerful and effective, but to protect patients’ safety, in my opinion, they should only be used in registered clinics where there is medical supervision.”
“One and a half million cosmetic surgery procedures will be carried out in the UK this year and this is a growth industry. We need regulations to protect the public.”
“I would advise patients to consider carefully where they choose for their treatment. Don’t be tempted by cheap deals, look instead for a Doctor-led company where the laser therapists have been highly trained and are supervised by a fully qualified medical professional. Also look out for the CQC logo, as any company that has been registered with the Care Quality Commission has to reach rigorous clinical standards in the patients’ best interest.”
“Before embarking on any treatment, patients should always have a full medical review and a patch test, even if they’ve had similar treatment before elsewhere.”
“Provided you are in safe hands, laser hair removal should be quick, painless and effective for years to come.”
Dr John Quinn is fully registered with the General Medical Council and has been a GP in Bristol since 2004. He has specialised in cosmetic medicine for over 6 years and has performed thousands of procedures. He is a full member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors.
Dr Quinn’s own practice, Quinn Clinics, specialises in cosmetic medicine in Clifton, Bristol. It is a Doctor owned and led clinic, fully registered with the Care Quality Commission (the only independent GP-led laser hair removal clinic in Bristol to have chosen to have this registration).
The clinic offers a comprehensive range of treatments, from wrinkle-relaxing injections and dermal fillers to laser hair removal, vein treatment and IPL facial rejuvenation.
Call 0117 924 4592 for an appointment or further information.