Everybody enjoys a relaxing beauty or cosmetic treatment procedure now and again – it’s about taking care of our bodies first and foremost, but it’s also about rejuvenation and relaxation, and getting the treatment we deserve. And most times, things go according to plan and we feel refreshed and ready to face the world again. There are times, however, where it can go wrong and personal injury happens. It’s not uncommon – beauty salons use various equipment and chemicals that can be harmful. Below is a list of the four most common claims for beauty or cosmetic treatment that you should know about:

1. Botox treatment claims

Because Botox treatments have become so popular, they have become one of the most common reasons for personal injury claims. Botox is a material made from Botulinum Toxic, whilst other dermal fillers are made of synthetic or natural substances. They are gel-like substances injected into the skin and give the appearance of a smoother skin without wrinkles.

They are used very commonly, and the fact that there are so few regulations governing the use of Botox or other dermal fillers also means that they are sometimes used improperly or without the proper training. Wrong or negligent use of these fillers, especially by unqualified personnel, can lead to disfigurement, facial paralysis, swelling or blistering of the skin, speech impediments, and a whole range of other complications.

2. Hair damage claims

Perhaps even more popular than Botox treatments and also often the cause of personal injury claims, hair

treatments can be a disappointing, if not damaging, experience. Hair dyes can contain chemicals that cause severe allergic reactions and chemical burns. Perm treatments can cause severe scalp irritations and other hair treatments, such as hair straightening, also use chemicals that essentially break down hair and then rebuild it – chemicals that can cause troubling skin damage as well.

3. Sunbed claims

We’ve all heard of the dangers of long exposure to the sun, but sunbeds can cause similar problems. The lights of the sunbed radiate the same UV-rays as the sun, and without proper protective gear, these rays can cause damage to the eyes. Furthermore, long exposure to these UV-rays can cause skin cancer and other skin ailments, including premature aging.

4. Laser treatment claims

Lasers are highly concentrated light beams, and the dangers of Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER) are actually mentioned in the acronym itself – there is radiation and there is amplification.

Laser is often used for skin resurfacing to reduce wrinkles and scars, for skin tightening to promote collagen production, and for hair removal, wherein the light is transformed into heat to remove hair follicles. It’s important to have trained professionals conducting these treatments because the IPL machines need to be calibrated and set correctly for the purpose. If not, lasers sometimes cause burns, blistering, infections, scarring, and other skin anomalies.

The problem is not that the treatments – whether they use chemicals, dermal fillers, lasers, or UV-lights – have the potential for causing damage; anything and everything has the potential to cause injury if used the wrong way. The problem is that these products and treatments are often used and performed in the improper way, by untrained or ignorant personnel, and that improper procedure and insufficient precautions are taken.