Niki Richardson never expected this.
“I saw myself in the mirror and nearly died. There was a blood in my hair and running down my neck.”
When she went to a Victorian Skin Clinic to have ‘erbium laser resurfacing’ for facial scarring from allergies she expected some form of post treatment pain but not, as Ms Richardson describes it “atrocious pain.”
In a post that has gone viral the 46-year-old mother took to social media to expose what she says is a “botched treatment.”
She wrote on Facebook:
“This is the outcome of when I had laser treatment for scaring on my face. The treatment was performed in Mornington at Lumps & Bumps Skin Clinic. They shut down after 3 months and have relocated to Canberra. The business in question has removed my review and posts from their FB page, but I want to inform others of my now 10 week nightmare…. so please share. Thank you xx
Ms Richardson spoke to The Leader telling them she attended the Mornington clinic for a consultation on February 12.
“I saw advertisements for the new clinic and the price of laser treatment had always deterred me, but everything was half-price,” she said.
Ms Richardson said the $1200 treatment was performed on February 28.
“She wanted me to use a skin bleaching cream twice a day for two weeks and another person there — I think a doctor — gave me a prescription for the painkiller inhalant Penthrox to use during the treatment,” she said.
“(The therapist) told me to expect some redness, possibly a little bit of inflammation, and possibly some weeping — I personally interpreted that to look sunburnt, puffy, and a bit watery.”
“It was extremely painful but I decided to clench my teeth and soldier on,” she said. “I had metal covers over my eyes and then (the therapist) said ‘you’re a real bleeder — can you feel the blood running into your eyes?’.
“She continued on and I could feel I was going into shock … I was freezing cold and shaking.”
Niki Richardson Via Facebook.
“She said, that’s to be expected, I’ve just used a level of laser on you that’s done under general anaesthetic. She said she could see my skin bouncing back and the results were going to be fabulous.