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Non-physician Operated-Hair Removal Linked to Disfiguration, Sometimes Death

Nearly 500,000 laser hair removal surgeries were performed in 2011 by dermatologic surgeons but now, a startling number of these surgeries are preformed by individuals with minimal training, raising the risk for disfiguration, The New York Times’ Well blog reports. The findings are based on a study in JAMA Dermatology that found that from 2008 to 2011, the percentage of cases with non-physician operators (NPOs) increased from 36.3% to 77.8% and that 75.5% of hair removal lawsuits from 2004 to 2012 were performed by NPOs. These surgeries, when “performed improperly, can cause disfiguring injuries and severe burns in sensitive areas, like the bikini line and the mustache area above the lips, and, rarely, even death.”

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in JAMA Dermatology.