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Suit accuses Geneva clinic of botched laser hair removal

Updated: March 25, 2013 6:42AM

A Gurnee woman has filed suit claiming the “careless use of a laser” by an employee at a Geneva clinic in 2011 left her burned, disfigured and scarred.

The suit filed by Rheutalia “Nina” Thomas in Kane County Court generally claims negligence by Dermatique Laser and Skin, saying employees were not properly trained in how to perform laser hair removal or how to use related equipment.

Thomas’ case comes nearly two years after she stepped forward as part of a previous lawsuit against Dermatique over injuries sustained by a Batavia woman who received a hair removal session involving an Intense Pulsed Light machine.

“I have suffered permanent injuries, including disfigurement to my face, as a result of the careless use of a laser by an esthetician at Dermatique,” Thomas stated in an affidavit tied to the 2008 case, which court records indicate ended with a confidential settlement.

Thomas’ lawsuit lists 19 ways in which Dermatique and its employee were careless and negligent, including failure to train and supervise the employee who “did not possess the necessary skill, training and qualifications to perform said procedure in a safe and reasonable manner.”

Dermatique declined comment this week on the suit.

On its website, Dermatique describes itself as the area’s “premier source of customized cosmetic injectables and laser treatment.”

The lawsuit claims Thomas’ injuries have cost her “large sums” in medical treatment. An April hearing has been scheduled in the case.

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