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Medical Cosmetic Treatment with Drugs Interaction


Recently, I came across a report about a woman with congenital heart disease who had been taking multiple medications and suffered burns on her genitals during laser hair removal. One of the drugs she was taking was Furosemide, a photosensitive drug, which was suspected to increase the risk of burns. In fact, some drugs can indeed increase the risk of cosmetic treatments, have you noticed that?

In recent years, laser and IPL treatments have become very popular, and they are widely promoted in both chain beauty centers and small beauty salons. Even home laser machines are very common. Laser and IPL treatments can improve problems such as pigmentation, pores, uneven skin texture, hair removal, body contouring, and telangiectasia, but before the treatment, it is necessary to understand the patient’s medical history and medication history. If the medication being taken has photosensitive properties, it will increase the skin’s absorption of light. If a laser or IPL treatment is performed, it will increase the risk of allergies or burns. Which drugs have photosensitivity? It turns out that many antibiotics (tetracyclines, sulfonamides, etc.), cardiology drugs (amiodarone, furosemide, etc.), acne drugs (isotretinoin), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) have photosensitivity, which increases the chance of side effects after treatment.

What other drugs should be noted for other medical cosmetic treatments? Botulinum toxin is a very popular treatment for wrinkles and slimming faces, and it must be ensured that the patient has not received aminoglycoside antibiotics or muscle relaxants before injection, as this may greatly increase the side effects of botulinum toxin, even causing systemic side effects such as difficulty breathing, weakness in the limbs, etc. When receiving injection therapy (such as botulinum toxin) and filler treatment, attention should be paid to whether anticoagulant drugs are being taken, as they will increase the risk of bruising. If immunosuppressive therapy is being received, the risk of infection will also be greatly increased. Even for epidermal peeling with glycolic acid, if the patient is receiving oral or topical vitamin A acid therapy, which reduces sebum secretion, the risk of side effects after glycolic acid treatment will be increased. In recent years, cryolipolysis has become popular. Although it is not an optical treatment and does not create wounds, if anticoagulant drugs are being taken, there is a chance of serious internal bleeding!

Doctors should receive appropriate training before performing medical cosmetic treatments and should pay attention to the patient’s medication history; otherwise, the risk will be greatly increased.