Beauty blogger reveals botched birthmark surgery that left her looking like burn victim
What should have been a simple procedure turned into a cosmetic nightmare for a young beauty blogger.
Molly Martinson, 23, underwent laser surgery to remove a small port wine stain birthmark on her right cheek just below her eye.
But the blonde-bombshell was devastated after she claims the botched procedure left her looking like she’d been “exposed to radiation.”
Graphic photos show Molly with extensive bruising and burns that have left her with permanent scarring a year later.
The beauty, from Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA, took to her YouTube channel, Molly Mae Beauty, to tell her shocking story.
She said: “I thought of getting it removed when I was younger but never acted on it until I found out the potential dangers of port wine stains.
“Not because I thought it looked ugly but because tons of people throughout my life always asked what happened to my face and never left me alone about it.
“It got tiring after years of people constantly asking what was on my face.”
“So before I figured out the dangers of my birthmark, I was always self-conscious of it.”
After being told her birthmark was spreading and could damage her sight, Molly decided to go ahead with laser treatment.
During the first two sessions Molly experience slight bruising around the birthmark that healed in 10 days.
Happy with the results, Molly attended her third appointment on July 29 2015 – a day she describes as the most horrible of her life.
This time, after zapping the birthmark, Molly felt excruciating pain and knew something was wrong.
She added: “When the surgeon handed me the mirror, my stomach literally turned upside down.
“There was bruising all across my cheek, even where I don’t have a birth mark.
“I physically felt nauseous and started crying instantly. I was appalled.
“I felt like my face was ruined and there was not a thing I could do about it.
“I was shaking and terrified. I was not only emotionally distressed but physically as well. I wanted to vomit.”
The next day Molly’s eye was swollen shut and her skin was blistered and raw for a month.
She said: “It hurt for four weeks. I realised it felt like a burn – like someone took a hot coal to my face and burned me.
“Even the slightest touch made me cry in pain.
“I didn’t want to go out in public for days because it looked like I was exposed to radiation.
“I did go out a few times because I simply had to and everyone just stared at me in disbelief.
“It took just over a month for it to heal. I still have slight scarring which I am getting corrected by a new surgeon.”
In most cases port wine stains are harmless but should be monitored if close to the eye can spread and cause problems.
However, the young blogger insists people seeking laser surgery to research well beforehand.
She added: “People need to do extensive research on who they are choosing to go to.
“I didn’t do that and I wish I would have after finding out the same surgeon burned someone who got laser hair removal.
“I would also tell them to be up front with the surgeon or medical professional and let them know they are aware of the extreme dangers.”