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What is Vaniqa?

Vaniqa is a prescription medication that is used to slow the growth of unwanted facial hair in women. It is the most trusted and recommended medication of its kind, and has been chosen as the preferred treatment option of many women during clinical trials.

How does Vaniqa work?

This topical product works by blocking certain enzymes in the body that are responsible for hair growth. The main ingredient, eflornithine HCl, works on the cells that produce the hair, thereby diminishing its ability to produce the unwanted hair.

What areas of the body does Vaniqa treat?

Vaniqa is approved for use to treat hair on the face and under the chin. Use on other parts of the body is not recommended.

What are the advantages of Vaniqa over other similar treatments?

One major advantage of this product is that it can and should be combined with the patient’s regular hair removal treatments. In fact, when combined with other treatments it often increases its effectiveness. This is particularly true when used in combination with laser hair removal treatments.

Who is a candidate for Vaniqa?

Any woman over the age of twelve who has unwanted facial hair or hair under the chin is a good candidate. Vaniqa is safe for use on all skin types.

How is Vaniqa performed?

The application of Vaniqa takes little time, which is one more good reason to use it. Initially you perform your regular hair removal technique. In order to reduce irritation, allow about five minutes to pass before applying a thin, even layer over the area you wish to treat. This should be done twice each day with at least eight hours in between each application. Also, be sure not to wash your face for four hours after application. Lastly, wait another five minutes to make sure it has soaked in before applying cosmetics or sun block. Be sure not to get the cream in your eyes, ears, nose or mouth. If it does enter your nose or mouth, wash with water immediately. If it gets into your eyes, flush with cool water and talk to your doctor.

Can Vaniqa be used with laser hair removal?

Yes, Vaniqa can be used safely with laser hair removal treatments. In one clinical study, patients experienced significantly enhanced results when using the cream in conjunction with laser treatments. In this study, 94% of patients using Vaniqa experienced complete or almost complete hair removal after six months of treatment, as compared to 68% of patients who received only laser hair removal treatments.

What will the results be like?

In general, the results will be a slowed growth of facial or under chin hair. In a majority of cases, the hair will also become finer and lighter. These results typically begin to happen in four to eight weeks. If you do not see them in is time, continue applying for up to six months. Vaniqa should be used for as long as results are wanted. When applications stop, hair growth will return to normal.

What are the risks?

The risks associated with Vaniqa are mild and usually short-lived. Some of the side effects that can occur are minor, temporary skin irritations such as redness, acne, burning, stinging or tingling. If these complications continue after a few days, consult with your doctor.

Is Vaniqa FDA approved for use in the U.S.?

Vaniqa is the only prescription medication of its kind approved for use by the FDA in the United States.

Is Vaniqa covered by insurance companies?

Like most other cosmetic procedures and treatments, Vaniqa is not commonly covered by private insurance companies.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By Staff
Updated: July 7, 2010

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