When beauty blogger Molly Martinson was 22, she underwent a routine laser procedure to get rid of a facial birthmark.
Martinson, who hails from Pittsburgh in the US, had always been “self-conscious” about the small port-wine coloured birthmark near her right eye, and was tired of people “constantly asking” about what was on her face.
However, she only decided to proceed with the simple treatment after she was made aware of the potential health implications.
She was trying to save herself a lifetime of complications.
Instead, the laser treatment left her face so bruised and scarred that she couldn’t leave the house.
In a candid video on her YouTube channel, Martinson describes looking in the mirror and realising the procedure had gone drastically wrong.
"When the surgeon handed me the mirror, my stomach literally turned upside down," she says.