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Could your Medication be a Contraindication to Treatment?


Could your Medication be a Contraindication to Treatment?


Certain pre-existing Health conditions can restrict or prevent Aesthetics Treatments treatment from going ahead.

Clients with neuromuscular disorders ie; myasthenia gravis, taking muscle relaxant medication and certain antibiotics such as aminoglycosides are contraindicated to aesthetic procedures. Botox in these clients can cause an increased muscle paralyzing effect which may lead to complications. Some antibiotics can also decrease the effects of treatment so it is recommended they finish the course before attending their appointment.

Clients with breathing disorders such as asthma have a greater risk of breathing problems and there is higher risk of complications from aesthetic procedures such as botulism.

Uncontrolled hypertension, clients with bleeding disorders or taking anticoagulants medication such as Coumadin, Jantoven, ibuprofen, warfarin, fish oil, aspirin as well as large doses of vitamin E will have increased risk of bruising, bleeding a swelling therefore these medications should be stopped before the appointment. If the medication is prescribed, the client must check with their GP that it is safe to do so.

Infections are contraindicated to aesthetic procedures. Not only can cross contamination occur. Aesthetic treatments may make a condition worse. For example the Herpes Simplex virus, genital herpes and shingles. Treatment has the potential to activate recurrence. Clients are advised to start taking their anti-herpes medication before their appointment.

Treatment is not recommended in clients with autoimmune conditions ie; lupus, Thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis due to the risk of reaction or rejection of the substances from the body.

It is also not recommended to carry out aesthetic procedures on clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. According to the Baby Centre ‘’ In 2020, a registry of data on Botox use was released that showed no increased risk to pregnant women who had the treatment or their babies. Out of almost 400 pregnancies where Botox use was reported’’ However Their have been studies in pregnant animals which identified complications when high doses of Botulinum Toxin was administered resulting in miscarriage, birth defects, and low birth weight. (Levine, 2021)

Other things to consider are self prescribed medications and supplement for example; St. John’s Wort, Gingko biloba, primrose oil, garlic, ginseng, and Vitamin E as it can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. And to Avoid Retin A before the treatment to avoid any irritation to skin


Written by Angela Blemmings

Company Director

EyeCandy Training Ltd

14th January 2022



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