If you’re on antibiotics or a medication that causes skin sensitivity (such as some antidepressants), it’s best to avoid laser until the drug is out of your system. For antibiotics, that usually takes around three days, but it can be up to a month for certain antidepressants. You should also refrain from a laser procedure if you’ve taken Accutane within the past four months.
Pregnant women can usually withstand a small amount of laser on the upper lip, but they should still consult with their doctors before booking an appointment.
And, yes, there is some pain. One of our editors who got laser on her upper lip said she felt a small, slapping feeling during the appointment, but the stinging sensation lasts for less than a minute.
Since this is a procedure that involves shooting laser beams into skin follicles, Karavolas encourages patients to apply sunscreen after an appointment. Using a fragrance-free aloe-based soothing cream such as The Body Shop's Aloe Soothing Day Cream ($20), helps to calm and moisturize skin.