A recent investigation by BBC Wales has shown that the number of laser clinics being investigated for not being properly registered has risen sharply in the past few months.
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) is a body which checks out clinics providing laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) skin treatments and is also calling for the government to regulate mobile laser treatment providers which it has said it is looking into and a report is expected at the end of this month. Lasers are used for hair removal, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation and scar removal in aesthetic clinics and salons.
HIW’s director Alun Jones states that there has been a 70% rise in the number of clinics which are registered since 2011 and they are becoming more aware of the providers which are not registered- which is a criminal offence. He is also calling for a national register for non-surgical and aesthetic treatment providers.