In a society focused on youth and beauty, the popularity of medical spas offering Botox, laser hair removal and laser skin rejuvenation is growing.
Unfortunately, sometimes this unnatural process of reversing nature can do more harm than good. One local woman says she was scarred for life by one such local business.
Meet Jordan Miles, the Wewahitchka native who loves the outdoors. But too much sun exposure over the years took its toll on her skin.
Three years ago Jordan visited Studio 605, a medical spa treatment facility that used to be located on Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard in Panama City. She claims that visit removed her natural skin pigmentation and left her with severe burn scars on her back.
Jordan said, "Throughout the procedure it hurt a lot and I complained, and their response was, ‘we're almost done.’"
Miles claims two unlicensed, untrained women used a laser to remove sun spots from her chest and back. She says the procedure caused blisters to form immediately and she became very sick.
"Their response was, ‘use ice.’"
Miles filed a lawsuit and a complaint to the state licensing board. Studio 605 has since shut down, but we're not sure why the owner closed shop. Miles has her own theory.
"They obviously had other similar instance or I'm sure they would still be in business."
The best way to protect yourself from faulty cosmetic surgeries is to arm yourself with knowledge. Make sure a doctor is on site and supervising the procedure, if not administering it. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions.
Ask how many times the nurse has performed the procedure, if he or she is board certified and what side effects might occur, and ask if the laser is right for you.
People with darker skin tones are more at risk for burns. Request a patch test to see how you'll react.
And finally, don't wait to call for help! At the first sign of pain or discoloration, call a physician.
We tried contacting the former owners of Studio 605, but we were told they're out of the country until next week.
Please remember, cosmetic treatments like those using lasers, chemical peels, soft tissue fillers, and microdermabrasion techniques, are surgical procedures that should be performed by a fully qualified physician or under the direct supervision of the doctor.