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How To Treat Laser Hair Removal Burns

Laser hair removal burns are usually first-degree burns which are considered the mildest of burns. If you experience pain and suspect you have been burned after a laser hair removal procedure, Laser Hair Removalthese tips will help to soothe the burning sensation and treat any first-degree burn injuries.

Disclaimer: Our solicitors process laser hair removal claims for our clients, however, we are not medical professionals and as such the following content should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have suffered laser hair removal burns and require qualified medical advice we would advise calling the NHS on 111, or in the case of an emergency dial 999.

How To Treat Burns

Burns caused during a laser hair removal treatment are essentially just like any other burn caused by heat. Not only can they often appear unsightly to the injured individual but they can be extremely painful too. The best way to treat laser hair removal burns will depend largely on the severity of the burn, but for first-degree type burns the following tips apply:

  1. Cool down the burned area

Burns are caused by heat and the fastest way to soothe the burning sensation is by cooling the skin down as quickly as possible. The earlier you begin the cool-down treatment, the sooner you will find relief from the pain and the sooner your burn injuries will start to heal.

  • Cool any burns down by running cool (not cold) or lukewarm water over the area until the pain subsides. You should not use iced water/ ice or attempt to apply any creams or other greasy substances over the burn.
  • Use a layer of clean cling film to lay over and cover the burn area, do not wrap the cling film around the burn.
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to help with the pain following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
  1. Get medical attention

While you can fairly easily treat a mild laser hair removal burn injury at home, you should get professional medical advice if you are in any way concerned and certainly get medical attention for more severe burn injuries. A doctor can assess the severity of your injuries and prescribe the appropriate medication to help your injuries heal properly.

It might be suggested that you apply some type of antibiotic cream or hydrocortisone cream topically over the affected areas. These topical creams help soothe the affected area and protect the skin. While many such creams are available over the counter it is best to use them only if prescribed by a doctor. You do not want to take the risk of any cream reacting adversely to your skin.

Precautions When Treating Laser Hair Removal Burns

There are certain things that you need to be careful about when treating any type of burn injury:

  • Be very gentle and stay focused when treating any burn injuries. Too much pressure or an accidental jab to the area can result in excruciating pain.
  • Try as much as possible not to touch or let anybody else touch the affected area directly with bare hands as this could agitate the existing burn injuries.
  • Never pop burn blisters as this can make the injury more susceptible to infection although opinions can vary. If you have suffered large blisters for example that are very painful or likely to burst you should get medical advice/ attention on the best course of action.

Important Things To Do After The Initial Burns Have Healed

You have to keep in mind that the injured area will still be sensitive after the initial laser hair removal burns have healed and the pain has subsided. The skin is also more susceptible to scarring. To prevent any scarring or secondary injuries, you must take care to keep the area protected from the sun and from direct contact.

Avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible. If you do have to go out in the sun, use a sunscreen lotion with SPF 35 or higher with Zinc Oxide. If possible, keep the affected area loosely covered.

How To Minimise The Risk Of Laser Hair Removal Burns

As we said earlier, unqualified practitioners and substandard equipment are the two main causes of laser hair removal burns. To minimise the risk of suffering burn injuries from a laser hair removal procedure you must take care to choose the right specialist and ensure that they are using high-quality equipment. Never choose a laser hair removal practitioner because they seem to be affordably priced or because they are conveniently located. When looking for a good practitioner, these are some things you should consider:

  • Their reputation – Read reviews by earlier patients. Do the reviews speak highly of the aesthetician and do they recommend the clinic or are the reviews overwhelmingly negative?
  • Their clinic – Visit the clinic and take a look around. What is your first impression of the premises? Was the staff friendly and helpful or impatient and curt? Take a look at the equipment used.
  • The technician’s license – Laser treatment must be carried out only by licensed technicians. No matter how impressive the other factors are, if the technician is not licensed, strike that clinic off your list.

Lastly, and actually, the most important factor in minimising the risk of laser hair removal burns is getting a patch test done. Most reputable aestheticians will carry out a patch test before carrying out a laser hair removal procedure. The patch test site is then monitored to make sure there is no discolouration or pain and the procedure is only recommended if the patch test is successful. Never ever undergo any laser hair removal treatment without first getting a patch test done on the part of the body that you want to treat.

Claiming Compensation For Laser Hair Removal Burns

Laser hair removal treatment is currently one of the safest and most effective procedures used to remove excessive hair from various parts of the body. When carried out by a qualified, experienced aesthetician, the results can be fantastic. However, in the hands of an inexperienced person, things can and do go wrong, often resulting in burns. Unqualified practitioners and substandard equipment are two of the main causes of laser hair removal burns claims. If you have suffered burns from laser hair removal and want to know if you can claim compensation then please read our advice on this page and/ or contact us to speak with a solicitor.

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  • Monica

    Seven months ago I did a laser treatment for my acne scars and wrinkles “factora” the treatment didn’t go well and burn the area under my eyes, first was burning Then was red , after brown and now gets swollen and red, like if anything I get in my face gets and allergies reacción.
    I feel that never heal completely and my skin is super sensitive to any thing.
    I tried many tho h that my dermatologist gave me but it doesn’t get better.
    She gave me different things for my skin but nothing has heal that area..
    Could you recommend something else that I can do.
    She said to wait for a year but I can be the way I look for a year, my skin can not roñara te makeup , face creams either soap or else.
    I am despert to find a remedie that can help me to heal my skin and not be red and inflammated all the time .

    • Hi Monica, your dermatologist would know what to recommend trying better than we would as they know your skin type etc. We are in the UK so it will be different here to where you are.

      I hope you find something that works for you in the not-too-distant future.

      All the best.

  • Malouah Young

    I had laser hair removal 21/07 4 hours later I noticed 4 areas of my face that were burned. I would like to discuss this further to see what my options are. Can someone please email me.

    Thank you

    • Hi Malouah, a claims advisor will contact you shorlty.

  • Nice Article. Thanks for sharing this information, I found it VERY helpful indeedy!

  • SAnderson

    I am a licensed master esthetician and do laser hair removal. Always do a patch test 100% of the time! If there is a reaction……Sometimes parameters can be adjusted and test shots come out successful but some people just aren’t candidates. A lot of these burns I’ve seen come days after the treatment and that is because either your technician isn’t giving you proper home care to follow or you’re not following it as a client.

    You shouldn’t raise your core temperature for 24-48 hours. That means don’t get your body hot whether your outside, showering, working out, sex, raising your blood pressure! And most places have you sign a consent form stating that you will follow these so it’s very difficult to prove whether or not these were followed because that heat stays trapped in that area for 24 to 48 hours so if you raise that temperature then it’s gonna get so hot to the point it burns and it takes a lot of discipline to not do some normal everyday things even just for a day or two. Some people even can follow all of these for two days and stay as cool as possible but go to sleep in sweat in their sleep and that could also cause a minor burn…it’s a person to person type thing! I’ve done thousands of laser treatments and there’s a pop-up time to time but it used to scare me into not wanting to do the services but it’s literally maybe 5% of people that this happens to so I know I’m not doing anything wrong because of the overwhelming success from my other clients!

    Good luck to all and I’m sorry to those with severe burns from an uneducated provider! (That’s a whole different story)

  • I bought a laser hair removal handset for my house and i got burned in January and it left dark scars on my legs and they are taking longer to heal smh. I’ve been using cream from my dermatologist , bio oil and aloe Vera. I can’t be exposed to the sun this summer which is annoying and has me insecure i want to know is there anything else i can use to faster the process of the dark scars going away ? And how long do you think it will take I’m guess till summer 2022

  • Kella Mendes

    Can I sue if I get burned from a laser hair removal session

    • It would depend on what happened and why, you might want to contact a lawyer in the US for advice if you have suffered burns there. If you suffered burns from a treatment in the UK then we would be happy to advise of course.

  • I did bikini laser yesterday morning for the first time
    Yesterday my bikini was fine no burning no redness no dryness but by mistake I washed area with hygiene wash
    But today evening m having some redness plus burning is it burnt? Almost after 24 hr burnt? I thought burning will happen in clinic or after max 5 hours😰

  • I’ve been doing laser hair removal for a year and the first time the back of my thighs got irritated an the lady gave me healing cream which worked out well. A few months ago i was assigned to a different lady (at the same salon) and after my last appointment i got little lumps at the same spot as the first time… They’re really itchy too! I’ve been applying healing lotions as often as possible but the area is still irritated… Is there anything I can do?

    • Hi Ella, I would ask your local pharmacist what they would recommend.

  • Leslie Stompor

    I have been doing laser hair removal for years at a medical clinic. But yesterday’s session caused burns! Why would that happen? Was a setting incorrect on the machine?

    • Lots of variables so potentially yes, have you asked the person who was performing the treatment? Hope the burns are not too painful.

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