Is It Ok to Take Painkillers Before Waxing?
- Asked by Makenzie in Seattle, WA
- 2 years ago
I've had some people tell me to take ibuprofin or acetomenphin before I get waxed.... but I've had other aestheticians tell me not to because I might bleed more.
What is the truth??
Pain killers and waxing
The safer choice would be acetaminophen, but either will work just fine. To avoid any major pain, make sure your hair is trimmed and about 1/4 inch in length to ensure no excessive "pulling" is needed. That will help your technician wax easier and faster, which will in return ease your pain. Good luck!
Safe to take pain medication before waxing
Tylenol is a safe choice, but so is ibuprofen. There should not be any immediate risk of even small bleeding from ibuprofen taken immediately before waxing. Ibuprofen and other like substances known as NSAIDs take time to create an effect in the clotting cascade and on the surface of platelets, requiring days of intake before they can promote bleeding.
Pain Medication Before Waxing
Bleeding from waxing treatments is usually minimal, if at all, so it really doesn't matter which pain medication you take before being treated. Acetaminophen does not prolong bleeding time so it would always be the better choice if you're concerned.
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Prior to waxing or any other procedure, acetaminophen would be the better choice to help reduce the pain a little. Ibuprofen may increase the risk of bleeding and we ask patients to avoid ibuprofen prior to procedures. We typically use topical lidocaine in sensitive areas for laser hair removal. Your physician may be willing to prescribe you topical lidocaine for your hair waxing procedures.
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