Laser hair removal.
(photo credit: Reuters)
The Health Ministry warned the public not to purchase and use depilatory (hair
removal) devices using Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Technology. The ministry said
on Monday that the use of such devices may be dangerous and could, in rare
circumstances, cause electrocution or burns on the patients’ skin.
laser hair removal, pulses of light destroy hair follicles.
are defective and have not been approved by the ministry. They are sold by
“unauthorized dealers” as “renewed or rehabilitated” equipment under brand names
such as Alma Lasers and Luminis, the ministry said. In fact, they were
“repaired” by people who are not authorized technicians, and not according to
manufacturers’ instructions, the ministry said, adding that “as a result, the
devices lose their proper functioning, and the ministry’s previous authorization
to sell them is discontinued.”
Some of the devices have been found in
cosmeticians’ salons in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan and among merchants in the Afula
region and the north, the ministry concluded.
Customers, cosmeticians and
owners of cosmeticians’ clinics are asked to make sure that IPL devices and
other laser depilatory equipment are in good shape and meet the registration
requirements of the ministry, it said.
According to a recent article in
The New York Times “laser hair-removal procedures have become immensely popular
in recent years. Nearly half a million such treatments were performed [in the
US] by dermatologic surgeons in 2011, the last year for which figures are
available, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. But an
unknown number of procedures are performed each year by non-physicians, who may
have minimal training. Some cosmeticians and other non-physicians may also
confuse sunspots for melanoma, a kind of skin cancer,” the paper said.