Cosmetic laser treatments are one of the fastest growing medical procedures. They’re used for hair removal, skin tightening, and wrinkle reduction. And they can produce amazing results.
They’re sold to you through online daily deal sites, at hair salons, medical spas and even tanning salons. The ubiquity of the marketing has lulled many patients into thinking it’s as safe and “pain-free” as advertised. But put one of these lasers in the hands of someone without the right training, and you can end up with permanent skin damage.
Cosmetic lasers and “intense pulsed light”(IPL) machines are Class 3 medical devices. They’re powerful machines with the capability to damage your eyes and permanently mark your skin.
Right now, as W5 learned, anybody can use these high-tech and high-risk medical devices. In fact, laser treatments are one of the most unregulated medical procedures in Canada. You don’t have to be a doctor or have any medical training.
Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto dermatologist with 20 years experience, is frustrated by the lack of regulations. Every week, she treats patients injured from poorly-trained practitioners. Patients have suffered severe complications: burns, pigment change, infections and permanent scarring.
“I really feel for them because they went to the wrong place, had … Read More »
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