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Victims of botched cosmetic laser procedures warn of dangers

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Daphne Carroll, went to a medical spa five years ago and received a facial laser treatment. Daphne Carroll, went to a medical spa five years ago and received a facial laser treatment.
Lisa Foust said she was hoping to fade the sun spots on her chest when she underwent the procedure, but now she's permanently scarred. Lisa Foust said she was hoping to fade the sun spots on her chest when she underwent the procedure, but now she's permanently scarred.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Two Middle Tennessee women are warning others about the dangers associated with laser treatments and lack of regulation after botched procedures left them permanently scarred.

Daphne Carroll went to a medical spa five years ago and received a facial laser treatment that left her with permanent damages.

"There's no doubt in my mind that they could have killed me," Carroll told Nashville's News 2. "The aesthetician burned me severely [and] left me with damage to my trigeminal nerve and facial nerve. It affects my vision, my eyes [and] causes me severe pain."

Carroll is not alone.

Lisa Foust had a similar experience at another Nashville medical spa in 2009.

"I just found a place in the Yellow Pages, near Baptist Hospital, and walked in.  They had a doctor's name on the door serving as the medical director.  It was a registered nurse that was administering the procedure and she burned my chest so severely," Foust recalled.

She told Nashville's News 2 she was hoping to fade the sun spots on her chest when she underwent the procedure. Now she's permanently scarred and unable to spend much time outdoors.

"No more going to the pool with my daughters, no more going to the beach, no more being outside for family functions in the summer," she said.

Both women told Nashville's News 2 they believe user error is to blame since there are not any medical spa regulations in Tennessee.

"They're just not regulated whatsoever by any government organization," Carroll said.

Foust added, "People who cut hair have to have about 1,500 hours of training, to operate a laser, zero hours of training."

The women say they want to spare others from experiencing the same outcome.

"Those lasers are powerful, they can blind you, they can burn you, they can permanently scar you," warned Foust.

"I don't think [consumers] realize that high powered surgical equipment would be in the hands of someone unqualified and not be regulated," Carroll said.

Currently Tennessee is one of eight states yet to restrict laser procedures.

Legislation to limit laser procedures to medical professionals didn't pass in the recent session.

Carroll and Foust hope laws regulating laser procedures will be reintroduced next year.

In the meantime, Carroll's husband has created a petition warning others of the dangers associated with cosmetic laser surgery.

Click here to sign the petition.

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