Can I have laser hair removal while taking the medication Effexor?

If not why and what are the effects?

Doctor Answers 3

Concern regarding laser hair removal while on Effexor

Thank you for your question. There are no documented contraindications in having laser hair removal while being on Effexor. This medication does not interfere with the laser beams used in laser hair removal which specifically target follicles that lie within the reticular dermis layer of the skin. There a some medications that can cause increased photosensitivity (sensitivity to light) but thankfully Effexor is not one of them.

Laser hair removal on Effexor

There should be no problem with getting laser hair removal on Effexor. There are some medications that cause the skin to be more sensitive to the laser and in those cases, the operator needs to be aware and potentially turn the power of the laser down.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Effexor during laser hair removal

Yes, it is perfectly fine to take Effexor during hair removal. Laser hair removal is a very superficial process, targeting the hair follicles in the dermis of the skin. Some medications may make you more photosensitive the light and the heat of the laser. Effexor is not one of those. If you have been prescribed it by your doctor, you can continue to take it and also have laser hair removal.

Adaeze Okeke, MD
Houston Physician
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