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Type 1 Professional Laser Hair Removal

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by xxrubywxx_, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. xxrubywxx_

    xxrubywxx_ Type 1 · Active Member

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    I’m looking to get laser hair removal done at a clinic. I wondered if there are any other diabetics out there who have had laser and what was your experience? My leaflet says it may not be suited to someone with uncontrolled diabetes.

    On the whole my control is generally good! Of course could be better but I’m not sure what constitutes as “uncontrolled diabetes”

    Any help or experience in this area would be welcome!
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's because diabetics can feel more pain with laser hair removal due to sensitive nerves and tissues and are usually more susceptible to infections due to the slower healing response. I've had it without any issues. My blood sugar control is also good.
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I've never heard that. Can you explain a bit more about it?

    I'd have thought the issue was your second point; high blood glucose impairs healing, slow healing increases the risk of infection, infection leads to even higher bg and so on.
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I guess you mean this part from the link: "When it comes to hair removal for diabetics, things get slightly more complicated. This is mainly because diabetics have more sensitive skin and are usually prone to injury and infection."

    We are more prone to injury? Really?
    If diabetics feel more pain than the general population, I'd think there would be studies on it, as it doesn't make sense. Yes, nerve pain is a thing with diabetics who have also been diagnosed with neuropathy but I've never heard diabetes in general gives you sensitive nerves or skin.
    I don't think this website was written by a doctor specialised in diabetes, or even a doctor at all. I wouldn't use it as a source to base my decisions on.
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's because high blood sugar levels can also lead to inflammation. Over time, this can dull or overstimulates the immune response. The nerve and blood vessel damage can also reduce circulation. Poor blood flow can alter the skin’s structure, especially in collagen. Without healthy collagen networks, the skin can become stiff and, in some cases, brittle. Collagen is also necessary for proper wound healing. I would have to find medical references for you. I walked 20 km today in the Coastal Path and am too beat tonight.
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Wow, that's a serious walk, please enjoy a well deserved rest!

    Don't worry about the links, it's clear now what you meant. I mainly reacted because I thought it was rather strange to not do something because "diabetics can feel more pain with laser hair removal due to sensitive nerves and tissues". I mean, if your skin is painful or sensitive, you'd know, you don't need diabetes for that.
     
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    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have had it but found it to be a waste of money . Hairs disappeared but only for a short while then came back
     
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    xxrubywxx_ Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thanks for this info it’s put my mind at ease!
     
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    Zhnyaka Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When I wanted to do laser hair removal, I was told that with diabetes it is contraindicated, because laser is bad for blood vessels and diabetes also gives complications to the vessels. Are your wounds healing normally? I once used a depilation cream and that my woundI had irritation on the leg area and I did not continue, and then I combed this irritation and a wound formed) did not heal for more than a year :arghh:
     
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