I made a poor choice of laser hair removal clinic and this is what happened to me..
And to say that I was ‘inexperienced’ at doing Laser or IPL hair removal – this simply isn’t true. I’ve been doing it since 2005, that’s over 12 years! Today, you’ll read what happened to me, how I dealt with it and what I recommend going forward…
My very first Laser/IPL hair removal session was way back in 2005. I first removed hair from my underarms and I remember how painful it used to be. Even through the pain, I pushed through. I was so happy with the results, even though compared to today’s results which are way better (for example, I had to do about 15 sessions on my underarms for the hair to go).
And it was pricey. But for a girl that was bullied through school for her hair growth, I was determined. The money I was paying was way worth it – there is no price for the way I felt inside after years of bulling and feeling so self-conscious about myself.
Obviously, after many years, and thousands of dollars already spent, I started thinking about my wallet and started looking for more affordable options. I started looking for deals and coupons. Then I stumbled upon the massive deals on the Groupon site. There was packages of sessions I could by for a fraction of the price.
At one point, I paid only $56 for $700 of laser hair removal treatments, that’s a whopping 92% off! I loved it. I was getting my hair removed permanently, for less than the cost of waxing! I bought these deals for about 18 months and loved every second of being woman and being hairless! I felt free of emotions that were tied to my hairy body and my past.
How My Laser Hair Removal Procedure Left Me With Severe Burns
Just like any other time, I bought online another deal, pressed buy now, got my coupon and arranged at the clinic to have my first treatment done. Just like any other time, right?!? Wrong…
Unbeknown to me, this would be my very last hair removal visit at a clinic. My very last feeling of the relief I felt when the hair was getting zapped from my body.
Unfortunately, I walked out of this session as a completely different person, emotionally and physically. This time, I was getting the hair removed from my legs. During the session, the laser on my leg felt a little more painful than other times. I told the consultant that it felt sore and she just said that because it’s my first session on my legs, I probably have a lower pain threshold on my legs than other areas of my body. She proceeded to say that the area near my knees and shins can be more painful as it’s close to the bone.
She continued to finish off both the front and backsides of my legs.
But….it wasn’t my low pain threshold that was the problem… the laser was actually burning my skin! Not long after, blisters started appearing on my legs. It was painful and my legs felt like they were on fire. I had red, painful rectangle patches on my legs.
My stomach sank and my mind was spinning. What do I do know? Is this normal?
My Legs Were on Fire…
Although I should have said something to the consultant, I kept my mouth shut and just went home. I was confused, alone and had no idea what was going to follow. Over the next couple of hours, I went home, I could barely walk. I couldn’t even have a shower – feeling of water trickling down my legs was unbearable.
It was winter and because I was too embarrassed to tell my parents, I tried to put long pants on to cover myself up – this was excruciating! I couldn’t even lay in bed with the duvet over me. My legs were burning, let alone anything rubbing against my legs, it was excruciating – just living was so hard.
As a tummy sleeper, I barely slept all night. I looked at the ceiling of the roof with my eyes wide open. That night, I didn’t say anything to anyone. Not even my parents, I was so embarrassed. The next morning, at breakfast, my Mom noticed I wasn’t my talkative self. I finally rolled up my trousers and I showed her my legs. I had blisters and apart from her being so completely upset for me, she was shocked.
We talked about what to do next.
Is this normal? How can I make the burning feeling go away? How can I make my skin heal? Will I have scars? Do I sue the clinic?
What do I do?
The best thing my Mom and I thought was to go back to the clinic which performed the treatment and ask for advice and how best to treat the burns to reduce scarring or further skin injury.
When I walked into the clinic and told them about what happened, I never was demanding or accused them (I’m not a confrontational person). I just told them what happened and how it felt. They took one look at my legs and instead of being sympathetic, or helping me, they blamed me. Blamed me? Yes you read right, they accused me of doing something? I mean, what could I possibly do to cause this? IT was obvious, I had rectangle blisters all over my leg. Apart from being in absolute denial, they was so rude and abrupt.
As a young adult, I had no idea what to do. I walked out of the clinic in tears (and in pain). It was then I realized I was in this alone and I had to fix this myself. I didn’t want long term scarring all down my legs.
What Did I Do?
For the next 6-8 months, I was treated by a dermatologist. I ended up receiving treatment for second degree burns and severe blistering from my knee downwards.. The scarring lasted over two years. I didn’t wear skirts or pants that were above my knees for about 1 year.
What happened after my laser hair removal session at the clinic is a major lesson to all women and men seeking a hair free body, to do your homework properly. And if it does happen to you, speak up about it. Look after yourself properly to avoid scarring and skin injury.
In the end, did I sue the laser clinic? No. I didn’t receive a refund or anything. I had such a horrible experience, I truly didn’t want my life to revolve around being in a legal battle. My life was already so upside down by what happened, I just felt I didn’t want to pursue something else. I wanted to focus rather on creating a positive energy around me so I didn’t dig back into bad feelings again. Although looking back, I probably should have done something so I could stop it from happening to someone else. When my mind was so confused at the time, I just couldn’t think straight.
I guess, after 2 years, finally speaking out about it now, this is my way I am helping others through what happened to me.
How Do I Remove Body Hair Now?
Nearly after 3 years, I have started doing permanent hair removal again. I am currently testing out a few products and will let my readers and friends know about it shortly. If I am happy about it and the results, I will share with you soon.
If this has happened to you, I’d love to hear from you, just know that you are not alone. And if it hasn’t happened to you, please share my story with others so we create awareness about this.
If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you so please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
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