News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Beauty business blunders bring call for tougher laser laws

Beauty business blunders bring call for tougher laser laws

 New Zealand needs tougher regulations to prevent unqualified operators putting people at risk of melanoma and other skin cancers from misuse of cosmetic lasers and sunbeds, say medical specialists.

The New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine (NZCAM) is backing the tighter regulations proposed in the Health (Skin Cancer and Trauma Prevention) Amendment Bill, drawn up by National MP Paul Hutchison.

NZCAM president Dr Teresa Cattin says it’s unacceptable that anyone can buy and operate devices that have the potential to cause significant burns and permanent scarring when used incorrectly.

“NZCAM fully supports Dr Hutchinson’s bill. We have been concerned about the lack of any regulation around laser and VPL (variable pulsed light) devices for many years.

“I have personally seen distressed patients in my clinic who have been scarred by untrained, unqualified people using laser and VPL devices,” says Dr Cattin. “Many of my NZCAM colleagues have had similar experiences.

 “Untrained laser operators are not only inflicting injury by burning patients, they are not qualified to recognise skin cancers when clients present with them.”

Dr Cattin says NZCAM is aware of a number of cases where malignant skin lesions have been treated inappropriately because beauty therapists failed to recognise signs of cancer. Instead of being cut out, malignant lesions have been treated with a laser device, with devastating outcomes for the patients.

As New Zealand has the highest rate of melanoma in the world, any measures to eliminate this risk must be fully supported.

Last year, the Medical Council of New Zealand determined that doctors had to get additional qualifications before they could perform cosmetic procedures, including laser treatments. However, lack of regulation allows those outside the medical profession and without qualifications to perform the same procedures.

Dr Cattin says this loophole in the law is clearly contrary to patient safety.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news