Laser-based beauty treatments have many benefits but also carry some risks such as laser burns. A professional who carries out this aesthetic treatment must regulate the power of the laser, the duration, and the surface of the skin that each pulse impacts, always depending on the colour of the skin and the skin type.
Expert beauty treatment solicitors also advise keeping in mind that lasers are used in many more treatments in addition to hair removal, for example, to combat the signs of ageing by reducing wrinkles, to erase tattoos or scars, etc. It is an intense light that can cause skin conditions.
Normally this type of burn usually has first-degree characteristics although they can become second-degree. In the event that someone undergoes a photoepilation treatment and there are skin burns or any strange consequences, it is recommended to take photos of the burns to see how the area evolves and visit the hospital in the event that they are severe. With the medical report and photographs of the burns, it will be possible to prove that negligence has been committed in order to claim for the damage caused.
How to treat laser burns
The treatment of laser burns can be done at home if it is a first-degree or mild burn, although in case of any doubt you should go to a medical centre that can assess the seriousness of the burn.
If the skin is burned by the laser and it is a mild case, you can apply a cold compress on the area. You can even put some ice for about 10 minutes, removing after some time and then replacing it. Also, you can use a cream for laser burns that carries hydrocortisone or one that the specialist who has made the treatment may have been able to recommend. This type of product relieves inflammation and the effect of irritation on the burned skin.
The affected area should be protected from the sun’s rays as it will be an area of the body that is especially sensitive to sun damage, which is why you will have to use a high SPF factor and cover up with clothes whenever possible. Aloe vera will also serve to relieve the symptoms of laser burns, given its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, it is essential to be well hydrated, so drinking plenty of water will be essential for the body.
Laser burns to the eyes
Laser pointers or certain ophthalmological treatments can cause some ocular laser burns whenever the correct use of the devices in question is not observed or there is some complication in the treatment carried out.
According to experts, a laser beam that illuminates the eyes in a direct way can cause an instant injury; injuries that usually do not hurt, but gradually deteriorate vision.
To avoid laser burns of this type, it is recommended never to point a laser device directly at the eyes. Also, the laser should not be aimed at an area that reflects because the rebound effect of light can be equally harmful. Lasers that are green are the most dangerous since the waves are shorter and damage more quickly. Keep in mind that the light of a laser can damage the eyes even from miles away.
The central area of the retina may be the most affected, with burns on the macula, making the vision muddy, temporarily or permanently. It can also cause some areas to be left without vision and injuries on the surface of the cornea. An affected retina may cause later complications because it will be damaged.
If you believe you have suffered a laser burn, you should immediately get medical attention. You should also consult a legal expert in such matters, as you may have a case for making a claim against those responsible for compensation for burns incurred as a result of the treatment.