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  • By: Moss Bollinger
  • Published: March 25, 2021
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Frankly, ever since Jean-Jaques Perrett invented the first safety razor in the late eighteenth century, humans, many obsessively, have taken measures to permanently reduce their body hair. The first, initial at-home laser hair removal system was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a little more than ten years ago. Thus, in the last ten years, there has been a proliferation of light-based hair removal devices intended for home use. Sales have grown rapidly and many well-known multi-national companies have entered the hair removal market.

As the pandemic has necessitated social distancing, these products are as popular as ever since many of the businesses that offer professional hair removal services have been closed and unable to serve the public. However, some of these hair removal products, like any other product, may contain dangers unperceived by consumers. The result is a potential for injury or harm that may necessitate the payment of damages.

Many of the new hair removal products utilize IPL or Intense Pulse Light technology. While some manufacturers refer to their products as a laser for at-home use, they are distinct. IPL technology provides a broad spectrum light while lasers emit monochromatic or single spectrum light. Both work on the same principle in that the light energy targets the melanin pigment in the hair follicles to destroy them and eliminate any discoloration. However, at-home lasers generate light energy that, when not used properly, may also burn the skin. Since these lasers must pass through the skin to reach the hair follicle, the skin necessarily absorbs some of this energy.

Even the hair removal manufacturers acknowledge the potential long-term dangers of these products. Kenzzi makes the following statement on its website:“Although the intensity of light is not as strong as a traditional laser treatment, it is effective enough to target the second layer of skin and cause long-lasting damage.”

Hair removal with light- or laser-based products may have the following side effects:

  • Because laser hair removal damages the follicles of the targeted hairs, the human body may react with redness and irritation. The skin may tingle or feel tender and may even appear to swell to some extent.
  • Some people may experience skin crusting in the affected area that may lead to scabbing or scarring.
  • Some individuals may experience minor color changes to the treated area of skin. The skin may get slightly darker or lighter. People with lighter skin may be more likely to experience darker pigmentation changes. People with darker skin tones may be more prone to lighter pigmentation changes. While these effects may dissipate over time, this is not always the case.
  • Some people may experience burns, blisters, and even scars. These effects seem to be worse for people of color or of a darker skin tone.

IPL devices create heat faster but also create the opportunity for burns because of the rapid accumulation of heat. Individuals who use such technology make themselves susceptible to second and third-degree burns. Second-degree burns result in redness, soreness, and blistering of the skin. Any use resulting in burns taking two to three weeks to heal is not a normal experience.

Third-degree burns penetrate all of the layers of the skin and may not only result in scarring or disfigurement but may result in infection, nerve damage, and blood flow. The most serious third-degree burn may require a skin graft to remedy the effects. Anyone who suffers from these severe and serious effects may recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, as well as any emotional distress caused by the scars or pain. Consumers have rights. If you have been injured by one of these hair removal products, call Moss Bollinger today!

Every day defective products are sold to consumers unaware of the dangers lurking within the packaging. Some manufacturers are even willing to absorb the expense of costly lawsuits to sacrifice consumer safety for profits. This is where Moss Bollinger makes a difference. We make companies who unleash dangerous products on consumers take responsibility and pay for the damages and hardship that these products cause. Although California tries to protect its residents with important legal safeguards, consumers typically feel they are alone and have little recourse. Call today by phone at (310) 982-2291 for a free consultation or reach us here online.

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