Malpractice Lawsuits From Medical Spa Laser Hair Removal
Plaintiffs attorneys say medi-spas, where the beauty-conscious go to lose their unwanted facial hair, acne scars and fine lines, are a new litigation hot spot as patients increasingly sue over spa treatments gone wrong.
Laser hair removal in particular is triggering lawsuits, lawyers note, warning that even more litigation is on the horizon as the number of medical spas has soared.
According to the International SPA Association, which represents 3,200 spas globally, medical spas are the fastest growing segment of the spa industry and have quadrupled in numbers in recent years, from 471 in 2004 to 1,804 today.
Unlike day spas, which specialize in services such as massages, facials and body wraps for relaxation, medical spas offer cosmetic procedures that often involve the use of medical devices, such as lasers.
In Arizona, a woman on Aug. 11 sued Timeless Laser & Skin in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleging she was "severely burned and scarred" during laser hair removal.
Also in Arizona state court, a man in April sued Neos Medspa over scarring, "extreme pain" and burning he allegedly suffered from laser hair removal on his back and shoulders.
In North Carolina, a woman in January won a $500,000 judgment against a medical spa over a serious blood infection she allegedly developed from a procedure to reduce fat in her stomach.
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