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FREE BOOK CHAPTER from 'An Introduction to Beauty Negligence Claims – A Practical Guide for the Personal Injury Practitioner' by Greg Almond

This book is intended to assist the personal injury practitioner when considering new enquiries and when handling beauty claims – it is an entry level guide and will be especially useful for practitioners who have not undertaken this work before and are looking to expand their service offering.

Part One of the book describes common beauty treatments with a brief explanation as to how they should be performed by a competent practitioner. Key practice notes are provided. This section also addresses the common problems and how to help your client pursue a claim for compensation while avoiding the common pitfalls.

Part Two is intended to be a practical guide for practitioners and includes a sample client questionnaire and risk assessment checklist. It also considers patch tests, claims involving children, disclosure and public liability insurance issues. There is also a chapter discussing cosmetic surgery claims.

This guide will assist as a useful resource to personal injury practitioners when dealing with beauty negligence claims.



The most common beauty treatments are as follows:



Bikini waxing, including Brazilian wax is the removal of hair growth in sensitive parts of the lower body.

Risks: The areas of skin that are treated are highly sensitive on the body and susceptible to damage. Hot wax used during these treatments can cause injuries such as burns, cuts or infections if poorly applied, or handled incorrectly.


Uses a powerful laser or 'intense pulsed light' (IPL) to remove unwanted hair. This light source heats and destroys hair follicles in the skin, which disrupts hair growth. Common areas to treat are the face, legs, arms, underarms and bikini line.

Risks: Crusting or blistering of the skin, scarring, excessive swelling, bruising, burns, or a rare condition called ‘livedo reticularis’, where skin becomes mottled.



Sunbed tanning and the application of fake tan provides a healthy glow andsunbeds offer an excellent source of vitamin D.

Risks: Some people suffer an allergic reaction to fake tan. Over-exposure to UV rays can cause burns, or damage to the eyes such as conjunctivitis and cataracts. The overuse of sunbeds can also cause skin cancer.


A procedure that involves liquid being brushed onto the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.

Risks: Potentially permanent darkening or lightening of the skin, infection or cold sores.


The skin is penetrated by microneedles attached to a roller to try and improve complexion.

Risks: Derma rollers that are not properly sterilised may transmit bacteria and diseases between clients, causing infections. Allergic reactions to either the anaesthetic used on the skin, or the roller’s microneedles are another possibility and a patch test should be carried out. Poor technique may cause skin damage or permanent scarring.


Using a vacuum, fine crystals are blasted to remove dead skin cells from the face, eradicating minor blemishes or lines.

Risks: If the application device is not handled by a qualified technician the microcrystals may penetrate the skin and break capillaries.Hyperpigmentation, where the skin has patches of lighter or dark might also occur. It is also possible for the crystals to enter the eyes, or if inhaled can have an impact on breathing.


Dermal fillers are injections to get rid of wrinkles or creases in the skin.

Risks: Infection, swelling, itching, the filler can move, the formation of lumps (requiring surgery or medication), and in the worst cases a blood vessel can get blocked, leading to tissue death, blindness, or a pulmonary embolism.


Botulinum toxin injections are treatments that can also be used to help relax facial muscles, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Risks: Flu-like symptoms, bruising, temporary droopiness of the face, breathing problems or blurred vision.



A tattoo is a permanent inking of the skin using needles.

Risks: Allergic reaction or infection. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV if the equipment is not properly sterilised. Future MRI exams may also be affected, due to the pigments altering the quality of the image.


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