There are people that should not have laser hair removal because of one or more specific reasons. These reasons are called contraindications, which mean, that it is inadvisable to have the treatment or procedure. The treatment could be dangerous or cause permanent side effects. Other contraindications require special treatment or medication before laser hair removal can be started.
Women that are pregnant should not have laser hair removal. Although there is no significant information regarding laser usage and pregnancy, many physicians and health care providers recommend avoiding laser treatments because of the unknown effects on the unborn child.
Anyone that has herpes simplex virus I or II should tell the doctor that is performing the laser hair removal before treatments have begun. It is necessary to take prescription antiviral medication for several days both before and after the treatment. If the hair removal is in the area of previous outbreaks, it is possible that the heat from the laser will cause a flare-up of the herpes virus. If a herpes outbreak is active, either on the face or genital area, it is important to reschedule the laser hair removal treatment.
An appointment should also be rescheduled if there is any cut, broken, irritated, or inflamed skin in the area that is to be treated. Rescheduling is also necessary if there is an active infection anywhere within the body.
Anyone that has the condition of albinism, which is the absence of any color pigment in the hair or skin, should not have laser hair removal. Laser light is drawn to dark pigmentation, so it will not work on anyone with this condition. The same holds true for people with very light blonde, red, gray, or white hair.
People that are sunburned or have recently tanned should postpone their treatment until their skin has returned to its normal color which could take several weeks. It is important that skin is its natural color when laser hair removal takes place.
Certain oral and topical medications can cause photosensitivity or photo-allergic reactions if used before laser hair removal treatments take place. Accutane should be discontinued three months before treatment begins. Tetracycline and Retin A should be discontinued six weeks before the laser hair removal process.
Anyone that suffers from certain medical conditions, such as lupus, diabetes, or epilepsy, should not have laser hair removal. Any nervous disorders which are present, need to be evaluated before laser treatment begins. If hirsutism is present, the cause should be diagnosed and treated before any laser treatment is started.
If there is a mole in the area to be treated, many people decide to have it removed before treatment. Because of the dark pigmentation of the mole, it may attract too much heat from the laser and cause burning. The same holds true for certain birthmarks and beauty marks.
If there is a history of keloid scarring, it is important to know that there is a higher danger of scarring from the treatments.
The importance of knowing the contraindications of laser hair removal can protect you from a dangerous experience.