Keflex antibiotic

by Diane

I was thinking about having this done, but I have a question 1st. If I had it done, how long would I need to wait to start taking Keflex? I'm debating on if I want to wait or proceed, if it's not too long afterwards I may go ahead with laser removal 1st.


HI Diane,

For what purposes would you be taking the Keflex antibiotics? You do not only have to inform your laser therapist of your use of medications but it is essential that you contact your GP as well in order to be sure that it is safe to go ahead laser while taking it.

Some medications can interfere with your laser hair removal treatments, as they may sensitize the skin. Therefore most clinics would be cautious before doing treatment on people who are taking certain medication.

It is important that you inform a therapist of how long you will be taking this antibiotic for, and how strong the dose is. She will then be able to advise you on how long you may be waiting.

For the average client, if they are taking a course of antibiotics for one week then we will require them to wait until two weeks from the last day that they took the medication. After this they would then have a patch test and resume treatment after 48 hours.

If you are taking the medication in order to treat something like a bacterial infection, it is advisable that you take your medications and finish your course before proceeding with a cosmetic treatment such as laser hair removal.

Let me know how long you have been advised to take the medication for and how strong the dose is and I can give you an indication of when it would be safe for you to start laser.

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I'm Taking Antibiotics Can I have Laser Hair Removal Treatments-1?

I,m taking antibiotics to stop me from kidney infections (nitrofurintoin) is it still ok to have laser?

Reply Hi,

If you are taking antibiotics then before starting treatment we would expect you to wait between 4 – 8 weeks. This is dependent on the antibiotics you are taking and also on the dosage.

Having done more research into this medication I have found that the most severe side effects are that your skin can go pale or have a patchy skin colour, you may become prone to bruising; have red spots, blisters, skin peeling or rashes appearing.

It is advisable not to go ahead with laser treatment whilst taking this antibiotic. For example the laser may cause your skin to bruise upon contact with the skin as it may have become more sensitive.

Do bear in mind that the reactions stated above are very severe, it appears that all less severe side effects will not affect the skin.

All these things are dependent on the strength of the dosage you are taking. You will notice that if your skin is itchy, sore or irritated then that should ring an alarm bell, and you should avoid going ahead with treatments.

Laser passes a lot of heat onto the skin and may trigger an unnecessary reaction.

Do mention that you are taking this medication to any therapist during a consultation, and she will be able to explain the laser procedure with you and advise whether she feels you are suited to the laser at this point.

I recommend that you further consult your GP just to inform them that you are considering laser hair removal, and see what they advise you.

I hope this helps.

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