While laser hair removal procedures are performed without incident, for the most part, the reality is that getting burnt while undergoing this procedure is a major risk. It occurs when either the laser is set too high, or if it hits the skin instead of the hair follicle. The causes can vary, from lack of equipment maintenance to carelessness of the service provider on duty. Regardless of the cause, a laser burn should be tended to properly and immediately to prevent further damage. Fortunately, there are ways to make the recovery process more manageable and ensure complete recovery.
Tip #1: Use ointments
A variety of ointments for burns are available, and they speed up the healing process. Neosporin, Bacitracin or Aquaphor are readily available and reduce the chances of infection while also aiding in the healing of tissue. You may also use petroleum jelly or Aloe Vera in the absence of ointments, but remember that some antibiotics can trigger allergies, so check first if you are allergic to any of the substances in the ointments before using them.
Tip #2: Use a cold compress
A cold compress may either be a commercially-available gel that can be frozen and reused, a bag of ice, or a towel or cloth soaked in ice water. Whichever you choose, treat the area with the compress for about 10-15 minutes within 48 hours of the injury to alleviate any discomfort or pain. It also helps reduce any swelling or inflammation. Afterwards, if there is still any pain or swelling, continue to use the compress until it subsides. Burns from laser hair removal are usually not severe and heal quickly, so if it takes your burn more than a few days to heal, you should consult a doctor.
Tip #3: Keep it cool
Stay indoors and away from sunlight as much as possible while your burn is healing, as the skin is currently susceptible, and the heat may cause rashes or worsen the injury. If you must go out into the sun, then use sunblock with at least SPF 15 and wear clothing to cover the burn or wrap the burned area with cloth or gauze to keep the sunlight away. While indoors, try to put the injured area under air conditioning as much as possible.
Tip #4: Use pain relievers
Some individuals may be more sensitive to pain than others, so it is recommended to manage the pain using over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin so that the pain does not interfere with your daily life. Sometimes, even if the pain is mild, if the affected area is large enough, it might feel annoying. You can use pain relievers in these instances as well. Take care to use pain relievers only as needed and to pay attention to dosages.
Tip #5: For expensive treatments, file a claim
If the affected area is large, even if it’s just a first-degree burn, it might be best to seek treatment from a doctor. You may opt to consider beauty claims for damages and make one against the technician or the clinic to cover the costs of treatment.