An arts writer has been left with permanent scars following visiting a private beauty therapist for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment, a therapy in which light is used to enhance complexion. Charlotte Cripps, 40, underwent the treatment following recommendation from a friend. During the course of the treatment, Miss Cripps felt “excruciating pain” as a hand-held machine was run over her face and chest. When she left the department store in which the treatment had been performed, Miss Cripps found her chest to be covered in burn marks. Miss Cripps, who endured several months of pain following undergoing the treatment in 2008, was awarded a five-figure compensation payout by the spa’s insurers.
Miss Cripps is calling for laws to be brought in to prevent IPL to be administered only under the supervision of a medically qualified doctor. One-and-a-half million cosmetic procedures are performed in the UK each year, many being carried out during lunch breaks from work or at private parties. Heidi Worman, who works as a paramedical cosmetic make-up practitioner, claimed that the Government’s recent actions to deregulate IPL proved to be misguided. Ms. Worman has claimed that regulations should protect the public and added that she had witnessed an increasing number of individuals seeking treatments to correct the unwanted effects of cosmetic treatments.
Duncan Lewis’ personal injury solicitors can provide confidential legal support and advice to individuals who have suffered at the hands of a negligent cosmetic therapist. The department aims to secure maximum compensation for negligent cosmetic treatments performed.