Contra-Indications & Medications During IPL & Laser Treatments

Certain medications can increase your skin’s sensitivity to light and make laser hair removal less effective or more dangerous. Medications that can affect your skin’s sensitivity to light include:

  • Antibiotics (such as tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline)
  • Antidepressants (such as amitriptyline, fluoxetine, and sertraline)
  • Antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine and loratadine)
  • Blood pressure medications (such as nifedipine and verapamil)
  • Diuretics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin and ibuprofen)

Carrying out cosmetic procedures like laser hair removal or IPL treatment with contraindications can be dangerous and increase the risk of adverse effects. Contraindications are conditions or factors that make a particular treatment unsafe or unsuitable for a particular individual. For example, some common contraindications for laser hair removal include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Active skin infections
  • Recent sun exposure or sunburn
  • Certain skin conditions (such as eczema, psoriasis)

It’s important to inform your therapist about any contraindications you may have before undergoing laser hair removal or IPL treatment. They can help determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and if any adjustments need to be made to ensure your safety and maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. If you have a contraindication, it may be recommended to wait until the condition has resolved before undergoing treatment. Carrying out a cosmetic procedure with a contraindication can increase the risk of adverse effects, such as burns, scarring, and changes in skin pigmentation, and can also reduce the overall effectiveness of the treatment.

Whether or not insurance covers laser hair removal when you’re taking certain medications depends on your specific insurance policy and the reasons for taking the medications. In general, cosmetic procedures like laser hair removal are not covered by insurance, as they are considered elective or optional. If the medications you’re taking are for a medical condition that affects your ability to undergo laser hair removal, your insurance may cover the procedure as part of your overall medical treatment plan. However, it’s important to check with your insurance provider directly to understand your coverage and any restrictions that may apply. Additionally, it’s important to inform your dermatologist or skin care professional about the medications you’re taking and any underlying medical conditions, as these can affect the safety and effectiveness of laser hair removal.