Laser hair removal industry needs regulation, watchdog says

THE laser hair removal industry should be subject to national regulations to protect people from being burned in their quest to remove unwanted body hair, consumer magazine Choice says.

An investigation by Choice found clients were suffering painful injuries because of a lack of training among hair removal salon staff who operate laser and other equipment.

Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just said national standards were needed to guide the use of laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) machines, and ensure operators were adequately trained.

"We have heard from people who have experienced severe burns, blistering and scarring after undergoing laser or IPL," she said.

"Medical practitioners have told us they are seeing more patients presenting with complications caused by inexperienced laser and IPL operators."

Currently Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania are the only states to regulate the use