Lis & the Single Girl: The Law Behind Laser Hair Removal

Single and fabulous? Well then this is the column for you!

Ever wish you had your own personal Carrie Bradshaw to answer your questions — not just about what to do if your boyfriend dumps you via text message — but serious issues that confront us? This special daily edition of “Lis on Law” will address topics that single women are faced with and that everybody wonders about — but no one has time to figure out.

Between work, working out, dating and maintaining a social life, it’s tough to find time to do much else. So, read up and prepare to be fully armed for brunch this weekend with your friends with some super conversation topics! Your pals will be amazed!

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Question: I am considering getting laser hair removal. Some of my friends have done it. How do I choose where to do it? And is the salon liable if they botch the job?

Answer: Pain is beauty, right? Well if you're at a laser hair removal salon, make sure the pain you're feeling isn't dangerous! Laser Hair Removal is designed to remove unwanted hair from the body by directing lasers at the follicles to prevent any new growth. It has become popular because it can remove hair permanently, as opposed to waxing or shaving which only remove unsightly hair temporarily. However, be careful who you decide to let burn your hair off! This is a procedure that should only be performed by a qualified professional. Defective equipment or technician errors have resulted in severe injuries like hideous scarring or burns after a failed treatment.

In 2001, a 34-year investment banker filed a suit in NYC after receiving second and third degree burns on her face from laser hair removal. The scarring has left her so embarrassed that she won't date anymore and hides her face at her office. She wears coverings on her face to hide her scarring and plastic surgeons confirm that they cannot repair her face. She lives every day with the regret for trusting a spa which she says told her the treatments were safe and conducted by trained technicians.

While this is a great advancement for us gals who want to be bare and sexy everywhere, you have to be sure to make sure you're receiving safe treatment. To help protect yourself go to a medical professional who has had a lot of experience in performing these treatments. If you cannot afford a qualified medical professional, you may want to reconsider if getting rid of hair is worth the risk. If you think that it is make sure that you learn about the qualifications of the person who will be performing the treatment. In some states no formal training is even required! Yikes! Really do your research girls! This is important enough to split hairs about! This process can really do permanent damage if botched ... and no lawsuit can repair that.

For help choosing the right clinic for you, click here.

If you have been injured during a laser hair removal procedure you may wish to seek legal counsel. All injury claims are subject to strict time-limits; therefore you should seek immediate claim advice from a personal injury lawyer near you.


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Lis Wiehl joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in October 2001. She is currently a professor of law at the New York Law School. Wiehl received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College in 1983 and received her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland in 1985.In addition, she earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1987.

Lis is also the author of The 51% Minority — How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It . ( Watch the Video ) and Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life

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