Covid Vaccine and Laser

Are you wondering if the covid 19 vaccine may be a contraindication to laser hair removal? Can the light beam in any way affect your health? We will try to analyse this issue in the following text. You are waiting for an appointment at the aesthetic clinic because you have decided to undergo laser treatment to remove unnecessary hair. It may be that you are waiting to have your first or second vaccine or even your booster vaccine. You may be thinking if this may result in a delay in your laser hair removal appointment.

In this post, we will try to introduce you to the method of laser hair removal and list the contraindications to medicine for irradiation, as well as the most common post-vaccination complications that may be related to dermatological issues – this information should help you make an informed decision about the sequence of treatment.

 What is laser hair removal? 

The laser hair removal targets the melanin within the hair bulb of the hair follicle in the dermis, in which the hair follicles and the hair bulb are located. The pigment in them is called melanin, converting it into thermal energy. Selective photo thermolysis is a process where the hair follicle increases the temperature to a level that permanently damages the hair bulb structure. The part of the hair that grows out of the follicle, otherwise known as the stem, is irretrievably deprived of its anchorage in the tissue. Then it is pushed out of the sheath, and the follicle itself dies and disappears. 

Laser hair removal treatments, regardless of the technology used, must be repeated several times, because the concentrated beam of light affects the hairs in the active growth phase, i.e., anagen. Hair growth cycles are spread over time by our body so that our skin is always covered with a constant amount of hair. Contraindications to laser hair removal.

Although laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment it may not be suitable for all clients. Contraindications to laser hair removal are psoriasis, ulcers, folliculitis, as well as viral problems such as herpes, warts and skin warts. It should also be remembered that due to the increased amount of melanin in the skin, laser treatments are not performed on people who sunbathed less than two weeks this is due to the sun exposure causing a tan to the skin. Another obstacle is pregnancy and the period of breastfeeding, but it is mainly due to the use of “growth” safety measures – there are no clinical trials carried out on pregnant and lactating women to confirm or deny the safety of combining vaccination with laser treatment. 

We also do not perform light epilation in the case of patients suffering from cancer or undergoing a cycle of chemotherapy. Possible complications after laser hair removal of the body Laser hair removal is currently the safest method of removing all hair

Contra actions- 

Although laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment, it should be carried out by an experienced practitioner.

 These are usually minor and short-term symptoms that cause only slight discomfort. Rarely, there is redness and swelling which is prolonged. 

Any erythema is only temporary which should subside within a few hours. Some clients have reported increased tenderness in delicate areas such as the bikini zone or upper lip, but this symptom disappeared within a few hours after laser hair removal. 

The Vaccine 

As with most vaccine there are usually some side effects. These usually include a fever, sore arm, pain and swelling at the site of the injection. A vaccine is a substance composed mainly of antigens and auxiliary substances, such as water, enhancers of the body’s immune response (aluminium derivatives), preservatives and stabilizers.

 As in the case of laser hair removal, post-vaccination complications are extremely rare, and no new evidence has emerged linking the two with any serious concerns.  These include symptoms such as itching at the injection site, pain like the common bruising, injection site tenderness and a brief increase in body temperature. These types of skin symptoms can certainly be considered a temporary contraindication to laser use on the skin. More serious complications, such as dyspnoea and dizziness, occur in a small percentage of those vaccinated, and there is no similarity between them and the possible negative consequences of laser hair removal. 

Covid 19 Vaccine and laser hair removal the light beams of lasers used in dermatology are strictly calibrated in such a way that they hit only specific molecules of the melanin pigment in our skin, so it would be difficult to find a negative effect of the laser on any components of the vaccine, including antigens. So far, there is no clear answer on the Internet whether laser hair removal just before or immediately after vaccine is safe.As of today, it is impossible to find information supported by research on whether laser hair removal after the vaccine causes any adverse reaction. its possible complications. It is therefore recommended to wait at least two weeks after receiving the vaccine dose. The vast majority of professional aesthetic practitioners have adopted two weeks as the cut-off date for laser hair removal.

As there is a lack of evidence for Laser hair removal and the vaccine, we want to make sure that our clients are looked after. The client’s health, safety and wellbeing is at the forefront of the company. As general guidance, we recommend waiting 14 days before any laser hair removal is performed. This may delay your treatment session however it will not impact the growth or the treatment cycle by just adjusting the time to 2 more weeks after your vaccine. There is no clinical evidence or clinical trials available to suggest that any adverse reactions have been reported with laser hair removal and the covid 19 vaccine. 

Further information below has been taken from the Official NHS website which details the side effects of the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

They can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them.

Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines side effects and safety

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility

You can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

you’re pregnant or think you might be

you’re breastfeeding

you’re trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

The vaccines you’ll be offered depends if you’re pregnant and how old you are. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Find out more about pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain egg or animal products.

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine contains a tiny amount of alcohol, but this is less than in some everyday foods like bread.

You can find out about the ingredients in the vaccines currently available in the UK: