A Turkish woman suffered disfiguring scars from laser rejuvenation treatment after her beautician became distracted while arguing with her boyfriend on the phone, a court has ruled.
Asli Ilhan, 42, felt her face burning when the practitioner exchanged heated words with her beau during the client’s second laser facelift in November 2020, according to the Sun.
The victim told the court she went to a pharmacy later to buy creams in a desperate attempt to ease her pain — but ended up with permanent scars across her entire face.
“People sometimes make mistakes, but (on this occasion) I paid a high price,” Ilhan, who lives in the Muratpasa region of Antalya, told the court, the news outlet reported.
“I am facing a bigger problem than saggy skin now. I have a lot of trouble with the marks on my face. I feel awful,” she added as she sought damages for negligence.
“Not only was my face badly burned, but I had a lot of psychological distress during this period as well,” she said.
The court ordered the salon to pay Ilhan the equivalent of about $260 — in 10 installments — for the egregious mistake, an amount the woman’s lawyer slammed as “simply not enough.”
“We think that the penalty for burning a person’s face in a way that leaves obvious marks is not a judicial fine,” Suleyman Kesici said.
Ilhan added: “I absolutely do not accept this decision.”
She also has demanded her money back from another salon whose treatment to fix her condition only made it worse, the Sun said.