Doctor urges caution when receiving Brazilian wax - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/09

Doctor urges caution when receiving Brazilian wax

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In New Jersey, officials recently considered prohibiting Brazilian waxes after two women were hospitalized for infections. One of them, diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection of the skin and underlying tissue called cellulitis, had to have surgery, and spent 15 days in the hospital. 

Dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart prefers the permanent laser treatments she performs, but it can be pricey- at more than a $1000 for the recommended five treatments. 

She gives advice for women who want to stick with waxing:

  • Do your homework, be a good consumer.
  • Make sure the aesthetician or cosmetologist has an up-to-date license.
  • Ask to see certificates showing they have taken courses in Brazilian waxing.
  • Look for a sterile environment.
  • The wax used can matter.                                                                                                  

Dr. Stuart tells women to be aware of any signs there may be a serious problem.  If you don't feel well after the procedure, if you start developing a fever, or your appetite decreases, you should see your physician.  Dr. Stuart also recommends that women use an over-the-counter topical antibiotic ointment for a few days after treatment.

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