Stretch marks can be formed for various reasons but the most common are pregnancy, weight gain and during puberty, when increasing muscle mass or during growth spurts. They have a purplish or blue appearance and can often be found on the legs, pelvis or upper arms. They can often be very prominent in appearance and many sufferers may choose to have a cosmetic procedure as most over-the-counter creams may not reduce their appearance. Laser treatment is often used to treat stretch marks which are causing the sufferer distress and low confidence. Beams of light are used to collapse the blood vessels underneath the stretch marks which reduce their purplish appearance. Many patients who have stretch marks often cover them up with clothing which can make life difficult during warmer weather. This treatment may be beneficial to those who want to make lifestyle changes or suffer from psychological distress due to visible marks. Although treatments like this rarely result in injury, it is beneficial to be aware of the potential risks.
What are the potential hazards?
Side-effects of laser therapy for stretch mark treatment include some redness at the site, discomfort, discolouration of the skin and the temporary appearance of red veins. However, some may suffer minimal side-effects or adverse reactions. Rarely, treatments like this can go wrong but there is still the potential for an injury or accident. Should you have suffered burns from lasers then you may have been the victim of a botched treatment. In cases like this you may be able to win a cash sum where there is evidence that someone else was at fault. If you have not received adequate advice from a medical professional or have not been advised on after-care and suffer an adverse effect then you may still be able to make a compensation claim.
How to start your claim for stretch mark treatment injury
Start your claim by giving Accident Advice Helpline a call to speak to an adviser. Our lines are open 24 hours so you can contact us at any time of the day. If you have evidence of clinical negligence or you have been the victim of an injury during a treatment, then we can help you start your claim for compensation. Remember to keep any photographs of your injury to help us process your claim and ensure that your injury occurred within the last three years. We operate on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis so there is no need to worry about struggling financially to claim your right to compensation. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.