Pain Management in Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal treatments are usually pain free .The pain or discomfort experienced during laser hair removal varies greatly among different people. This is most often described as a burning or stinging sensation, and varies from one individual to the next. The pain experienced during laser hair removal is mostly bearable and doesn’t require any pain relief medication. But for a few people this might turn out to be a very painful experience.

Management of Pain during Laser Hair removal

Following types of pain management medicines are used for laser hair removal pain relief.

Topical creams, oral medicine and injectables. The topical creams are the recommended drugs but should be used only after advice from your doctor.

Risks of potential side effects

  • Allergy: Some people may be allergic to the medication used for laser hair removal pain relief. So proper medical history and sensitivity patch testing should be done to minimize the risks of allergy during laser hair removal treatment.
  • Combining different drugs: The practice of combining different pain relief medication for more effective laser hair removal pain relief is common. This practice should be discouraged due to the possibility of harmful drug interactions.
  • Using of habit forming drugs and dependency:Most of the drugs used for pain relief are habit forming. The patients have the tendency to use these drugs as pain killers other than laser hair removal pain relief. Along with many other adverse effects the most dangerous is the decency.
  • Risk of over treatment:Due to insensible use of medication for hair removal pain relief, patients are unable to assess the extent of damage done as a result of over treatment by laser. This can result in burning and blistering of the skin. In one incidence the patient suffered second and third degree burns as a result of over treatment of an area at the hands of an experienced operator who had earlier prescribed her prescription drugs for hair removal pain relief.

Advice

The use of medication for laser hair removal pain relief should be decided by your doctor not you. With the advent of new and effective laser hair removal devices the extensive use of medication for laser hair removal pain relief has become a thing of past.