Since 2016, Australian's annual spend on non-invasive cosmetic procedures has consistently topped the $1 billion mark, and now outpacing countries like the United States per capita.
These practices include hair reduction, vascular and pigment treatments, tattoo removal, laser procedures and low-level light therapy.
With such high prevalence of treatments, the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia (CPCA) is lobbying for national laser regulations after growing reports of malpractice among unqualified therapists resulting in patient disfiguration.
From serious facial burns, to painful and bloodied wounds, it's important that practitioners know to how to use their tools.
Good training and an understanding of skin science in dermal therapy is crucial so that practitioners can provide the best care and service in this booming industry.
Here are three ways things can go wrong in cosmetic laser treatments, and how they can be avoided.