Trade body calls for regulations over laser treatment after Ilford woman was ‘scarred for life’

17:25 03 September 2014

Vanda Thomas, 55, just after her treatment. Picture: Vanda Thomas

Vanda Thomas, 55, just after her treatment. Picture: Vanda Thomas


A trade body is calling for tougher regulations for laser hair removal after a woman claims she was scarred for life from the treatment.

Vanda Thomas, 55, seven months after her treatment.Vanda Thomas, 55, seven months after her treatment.

The Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations (AIHO) said it is lobbying the government to introduce an official register of approved practitioners to prevent injuries.

It comes after Vanda Thomas, 55, of Chelmsford Gardens, Ilford, said she went to a salon in Redbridge earlier this year to receive the treatment and was not “patch tested” beforehand.

The woman received burns to her chin and neck with the scars still visible more than six months after the alleged incident.

Ms Thomas said: “The first time I felt the laser I thought ‘this is terrible’, I jumped off the table because the pain was excruciating – it didn’t feel right.

Vanda Thomas, 55, seven months after her treatment.Vanda Thomas, 55, seven months after her treatment.

“Now I remain scarred, and I don’t think the scars will ever go away – I don’t know how this was allowed to happen in this day and age.”

AIHO regulatory and operational director Sally Taber explained: “There isn’t any regulation at the moment and that puts people at risk, so always background check a practitioner and ask if they have had the training before considering treatment.”

Ms Taber added: “It was found that there hasn’t been as much risk with lasers, hence why the government does not support regulation – yes this is a problem but it’s the responsibility of the patients to find out about the practitioner.”

Laser hair removal – the application of laser lights to kill hair follicles – was once regulated by the Care Quality Commission until 2010 when it stopped approving licences for non-surgical procedures.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “We want to make sure everybody who undergoes laser hair removal receives good standards of care and is aware of the risks.

“We are working with Health Education England (HEE) to review training and qualifications for providers of non-surgical interventions – including laser hair removal.”

Read more:

Award for Seven Kings beautician

Miss United Kingdom Beautiful Sarah Archer belly dances for Chigwell Sue Ryder shop


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

Ziggy Owusu

A 19-year-old stabbed to death in Goodmayes yesterday was a “good guy” who was trying to break up a fight, friends have said.

26 minutes ago
Sold, To Let and Let By estate agent signs placed outside

Redbridge Citizens celebrated housing triumphs and held councillors to account on their commitments at a meeting last night.

The stretch of Hainault Road between Billet Road and Painters Road where the accident occured last night. Photo: Google maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a passenger suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash last night.

Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA - Launch of the Thames Gateway Business Awards.
Left to right: Aspers Head of Marketing Sean Langley, Aspers Marketing Manager Debbie Mazs, Archant Executive Editor Michael Adkins, Archant Commercial Director Tony Little and Bilal Sheikh from Mont Rose College

This year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards ceremony, the highlight of the business calendar throughout east London and Essex, is taking place tonight.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now