More and more laser hair removal facilities are popping up in South Florida. While most people might think this is a cosmetic service, it is actually a medical service and must be performed by a trained professional. Burns can occur as a result of the laser being used at too high of a strength or being used for too long on a specific area of your skin. Laser skin removal procedures are often spread out over multiple office visits. Therefore, a different employee will likely perform the procedure each time you have an appointment. The facility should be maintaining records so that each employee knows what strength to use (how high to turn the laser) and how long to use the laser on a specific skin area.
Burns will usually develop within the 48 hours. Often, they are noticeable within a couple hours of the procedure. In addition to the physical pain you may experience, you may notice hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation spots in the burned area. These spots may become permanent scars. Even if they ultimately resolve, it may take 6-12 months for the spots to fully resolve. During that time, you may have to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and heat. This may cause aggravation and inconvenience in addition to the stress of waiting and wondering whether the burns will fully resolve.
What should I do if I am burned?
- Immediately take photographs of your injuries. Continue taking photographs periodically to document the progression of your injuries.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Sometimes there is not much you can do other than “wait and see” how well the burn will naturally heal. However, it is important to document your injuries.
- Contact Steven J. Litvack for a FREE CONSULTATION.