If you had a Consultation with us already you heard that one of the most important protocols to follow is to not take any antibiotics two weeks before your treatment. If you wonder why is that, let us explain more in detail.
Antibiotics can make your skin more sensitive to light, which is not ideal when undergoing laser hair removal which is a light and heat based treatment, it can increase the risk of complications such as burns or blisters. Antibiotics can interfere with the effectiveness of laser hair removal treatment by reducing the effectiveness of the laser's ability to target hair follicles. If you are taking antibiotics, it can be a sign that you have an underlying infection which would increase the risk of infection during the laser hair removal treatment. Also Antibiotics can slow down the healing process, which can be problematic after laser hair removal treatment, because the treatment will cause some redness and irritation, and impaired healing can make these side effects worse.
Why 2 weeks?
The time it takes for antibiotics to leave your bloodstream can vary depending on several factors, including the type of antibiotic, your age, your kidney and liver function, and the dose and duration of the medication. However, in general, it can take about 1 to 3 days for a single dose of antibiotic to be eliminated from the bloodstream, and for a round of 7 days of antibiotic treatment, it may take up to 14 days for the medication to completely clear your system.
It is important to note that even after the medication has cleared your bloodstream, traces of the antibiotic may still be present in other tissues and organs in your body for some time. This is why it is generally recommended to wait at least one week after completing a round of antibiotics before undergoing laser hair removal treatment or other cosmetic procedures to ensure that the medication has fully cleared from your system and reduce the risk of any adverse reactions or complications during the treatment.
We follow the two weeks before protocol to avoid any issues, specially if you took a seven day antibiotic round, if it was only one dose or three days this time frame can be reduced to only one week before treatment to give the body time to clear it.
Every time you visit our technician will take the time to ask you about antibiotics and other aspects of your past weeks routine to make sure the treatment is possible that day safely, please answer all of their questions truthfully as they exist with your best interests in mind.