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 recovered from it, and what I’ve done 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 appear to go, compared to today’s results, after only 2-3 sessions you see massive results.
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. This was the time when Deal & Coupon websites starting gaining alot of momentum. So naturally, I wanted in. 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 Laser Hair Removal 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 here 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 said, not to worry, everything will be fine. 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 was stunned and honestly didn’t know what to do. I left and went home. I was confused, alone and had no idea what was going to happen. Over the next couple of hours, I could barely walk, let alone have a shower – the 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 wear 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 feeling anything rubbing against my legs, it was excruciating.
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 long pants and I showed her my legs. I had blisters. 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. How is the best way to treat the burns to reduce scarring or further skin injury.
When I walked into the clinic and showed them my legs. They denied anything. The had other clients in the reception at the time. They took one look at my legs and instead of being sympathetic, or helping me, they blamed me. Blamed me? I never was demanding or accused them (I’m not a confrontational person). I just told them what happened, showed them my legs and how I felt. 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 skin specialist, a dermatologist. I ended up receiving treatment for second degree burns and severe blistering from my knee downwards. The intense blistering lasted about one month. The scarring lasted over two years. I didn’t wear any clothes that were above my knees for about 1 year. In the second year, I started using one of the best selling Clinique Foundations to cover it up. I wasn’t allowed the skin to see sun for about 6 months. Every time I would get a slight tan, the contrast between the scarring and my skin show more, making the scarring more obvious. Not only that, but removing hair on my legs was such a hassle! I had to shave around the blisters…it was so awkward to say the least!
Throughout this whole process though, I found some really awesome skin products that helped me along. I’m gathering the details of all the products I used and I’ll share them soon for you!
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; 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. My friends and family encouraged me to sue the clinic, but personally, I had such a horrible experience, I truly didn’t want my life to revolve around being in a legal battle. I was already struggling enough emotionally from this. My life was 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. I tried so hard during this difficult year of my life, to really dig down deep and empower myself as a young woman and think positively. Although looking back now, 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. But this time, not at a clinic. I have taken matters in my own hands so I know I am entirely responsible. I am currently testing out a few products and will let my readers and friends know only if I am happy about it and the results.
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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