IPL Burns from Perth Home Operator

Written by on January 23, 2012 in in the news, IPL with 0 Comments

An article in this Weekend’s West Australian highlighting the dangers of IPL Treatments from untrained operators. This article is a reminder of the dangers of IPL in the wrong hands. Other warnings are, sadly, easy to find.

Finding the right practitioner to treat you with IPL is not an easy task. This is a real dilemma for rosacea sufferers as we do know that IPL is Excellent for Rosacea.

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Woman scarred by skin treatment

Kate Bastians, The West Australian, Updated January 21, 2012, 3:00 am

Perth women are being left with scars and severe burns caused by amateur beauty therapists performing a popular hair removal and skin treatment without proper training.

A Joondalup woman has told how her chest resembles a chequerboard of excruciatingly painful burns after receiving Intense Pulsed Light treatment for sun spots two weeks ago.

The woman, who received the treatment from a woman who had set up a home business, feared she would be scarred for life and wanted to warn others about the complications that may arise from the treatment.

The WA Australian Medical Association and the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia have called on the Health Department to introduce standards for the booming IPL industry, which is unregulated.

The Department of Consumer Protection received 21 inquiries and 10 complaints about IPL last year, which included reports of burns and scarring. That was up from 15 inquiries and one complaint in 2010.

Chris Goodwin, director of the Australian College of Beauty Therapy in Perth, said people were buying cheap IPL machines off the internet and using them on people without appropriate training.

"They think it sounds like a great money-making exercise and they get two days training and that’s it," she said. "There are too many cases where people are getting badly burnt and I think the Health Department needs to act."

AMA WA vice-president Richard Choong said there had been an increase in reports of people receiving burns from IPL treatment as it became more readily available.

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