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Woman Scarred for Life after Botched Laser Hair Removal

Safe Not SorryA 55-year-old woman from Ilford, North London has been scarred for life recently after a session of laser hair removal went devastatingly wrong.

Vanda Thomas, who was having the treatment to remove some wispy hairs on her face, was left with permanent facial scarring after treatment by an unqualified beautician.
She visited her local salon in February last year and paid £50 for the treatment which caused agonising deep burns on her chin.

A Painful Story

‘I had been there [to the salon] before for facials and massages, and the woman was really nice and friendly,’ she said when talking to The Daily Mail last year.

‘When she [the beautician] put the laser on, it hurt so much I jumped out of the chair. It was such an intense burning. The woman said it was normal, and did another patch, but that hurt just as bad.’

The beautician administering the treatment carried on despite Ms Thomas’ pain, saying that it was normal.

Once the 20-minute treatment was complete, Vanda left the salon with a considerable burning sensation in her face. The next day, her skin broke out in blisters and she sought the help of her doctor.

After examining the blisters, her doctor told her that the laser has given her first degree burns which would leave her with permanent scarring.

She says about the incident: ‘It was only afterwards that I realised these people didn’t need any training, or licensing, to operate quite dangerous machinery.’

The Campaign for Tougher Regulations

She is now campaigning for tougher regulations for laser hair removal. She, along with the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations, is lobbying the government to introduce an official register of approved practitioners to prevent further injuries like her own.

Vanda’s story is yet another reminder of why we at Save Face exist. We aim to be the eyes and ears of non-surgical cosmetic practice – in order to reduce the number of people who are irreversibly injured by unsafe and unethical practitioners.

Whilst the government has recognised the risks to the consumer posed by the lack of regulation, they have declined to act on the recommendations laid out for them by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh in his recent review.

They believe that they shouldn’t have to fund a register for commercial cosmetic elective procedures when the NHS is so desperately in need of further funding.

Save Face

Save Face are therefore fulfilling the need for a centralised register of accredited non-surgical cosmetic practitioners, and have made it easy for you to connect with them using our multi-faceted search engine.

Remember, selecting a Save Face practitioner is the only way to differentiate between amateur practitioners capable of causing serious damage and those who have undergone appropriate training.
Don’t underestimate the harm these rogue cowboys can do. Use the Save Face search engine today and help make stories like Vanda’s a thing of the past.


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