How Best to Deal with Laser Hair Removal Burns
However popular (and effective) laser hair removal treatments are, they are still not without risks. In fact, the risks are greater simply because the procedure is mostly unregulated and you could be in the hands of an unqualified technician or beautician. Most, if not all, technicians performing laser hair removal treatments in the UK are not properly trained and lack the skill and understanding to perform such a delicate treatment. That being said, if you suffer a burn from laser hair removal treatment, here’s how best to deal with it.
Fast facts on the side effects
First, you should know what the actual side effects are, because the technician may not actually explain it fully to you. What you may think of as normal redness or swelling may, in fact, turn out to be a burn. Although some swelling and redness may occur after treatment, you should be concerned if it doesn’t go away after a few days or if it is too painful. If there is discolouration on your skin and it doesn’t go away after a while, this may be another sign of injury as well.
How to treat a laser burn
If you have a laser burn, try not to touch the area. Rather, pack some ice in a plastic bag, wrap it in a towel, and apply it gently to the burnt area (do this for about 15 to 20 minutes). Do the process every two hours so you can eliminate the pain.
Next, apply some hydrocortisone ointment or cream on the area to soothe it and reduce skin swelling. Since the burnt area will be particularly dry, make sure you hydrate yourself regularly as well.
Once you have performed immediate treatment, visit a clinic or hospital. Make sure to keep your medical records and prescriptions so you can use these later on as evidence if you decide to make a claim.
In order to avoid the risk of burns from laser hair removal, choose the right technician or clinic. If a clinic is advertising cheap rates, stay away from them. Their service may be too good to be true, and you could end up regretting the few quid you saved if you suffer an injury.
The salon or clinic you choose should have experienced technicians, and one way you can make sure of this is to ask for recommendations or referrals. Ask your friends or family if they can recommend a clinic or salon they have visited in the past – often, that’s the best way to do it since the salon may not be 100% honest with you about their technicians’ skills.
The best thing you can do if you have suffered a burn through negligence or ignorance is to make a claim for compensation – you’re not only doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for potential future victims as well.