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Laser Hair Removal Isn't For Everyone

May 20, 2008
Certain individuals should not have laser hair removal. For some people, the process can be somewhat dangerous or could cause side effects that are permanent. For other individuals, they will need special treatments and medications before they will be able to start the process. Educating yourself on these factors can help you to determine whether you're a good candidate for the procedure.

Pregnant women should never do laser hair removal. There haven't been many studies on the effects of the process on unborn children, and for this reason most medical professionals highly discourage it.

Individuals have herpes simplex I or herpes simplex II will need to speak with a medical professional before undergoing the process. Herpes can significantly complicate the procedure, so you will probably need to take an anti-viral medication for a few days before and after your appointment.

Individuals that have these herpes viruses may also experience outbreaks due to the heat of the laser. Usually the hair removal specialist will want to reschedule the treatment if there is any evidence of an outbreak.

People that have sun spots aren't good candidates for this type of treatment. The laser can cause the spots to flare up, resulting in irritation and larger spots.
Those who have experience sunburn or have been tanning should not have this type of treatment. The laser light will be drawn to the pigment of the skin and this pulls the laser away from the hair follicle.

People who are taking medications that cause sensitivity to light are also poor candidates for this treatment. Accutane is one such medication and people taking it need to discontinue use for at least three months prior to having a laser treatment. Similar rules would apply to similar medications that cause hyper sensitivity to sun because this will also cause hyper sensitivity to the laser.

Weaker acne medications such as Tetracycline and Retin A don't require as much time to be removed from your system. It's still recommended to wait at least six weeks after you discontinue use, before you start a laser treatment.

Those suffering from diabetes, lupus, or epilepsy are poor candidates for laser treatment. Additionally, those suffering from nerve disorders are also poor candidates, and must be evaluated by a professional before treatment.

Mole and other marks can hinder the treatment process, because the dark pigment will attract the laser. This can cause burning and sensitivity so it's usually recommended to have moles and marks removed prior to treatment.

If you have any of the issues in this article, you will want to speak to a medical professional prior to any type of treatment. They will be able to discuss any issues and will recommend staying away from this if it's dangerous.
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