Hair removal procedure alleged to have caused ‘excruciating’ burn to a tattoo from high-powered laser

A Vancouver woman is suing the owner/operator of a local cosmetic laser clinic, claiming he was negligent during a simple hair removal procedure — causing a serious burn to a tattoo that was supposed to be completely off limits.

In making the allegations, Jenna Bind, 31, is also calling on the B.C. government to regulate the industry that she says operates in a “very gray area in the legislation and the rule books”.

The laser hair removal business is virtually unregulated in B.C., even though the powerful machines can cause burns, scarring and discolouration of the skin.

The case has also attracted the attention of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. — prompting a warning about the “wild west” nature of the industry, and sparking an investigation into the owner’s claim he’s a “medical doctor”.

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