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Can I get cosmetic laser hair removal if I have vitiligo

A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Laser hair removal only works on darkly pigmented hair; it will not work well on white/grey/blonde/lt brown hair. The skin color will not make too mu ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Surfield
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Maybe: It would depend on the color of the hair in contrast to the skin. Light hair is harder to treat with the laser.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Cohen
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Actually the lighter skin makes it safer as long as hair is relatively dark.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Probably not: In general, laser or IPL tends to increase pigmentation transiently after the treatment especially among those with olive or darker complexion. If you ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. H. william Song
28 years experience aesthetic Medicine
Yes: If the pigment in the hair is darker than the pigment in the skin, the laser is able to selectively target the hair and ignore the skin. Darker skinne ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Ringworm first: It would be better to treat ringworm first to avoid getting deeper tissues affected by fungus. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ali Khazaei
23 years experience Gynecology
Yes: The best results for laser skin removal is dark hair and white skin. But it doesn't mean that you can not have laser hair removal, although it may nee ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Collin Smikle
35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
PCOS and hair : Laser hair removal affects the follicle and root of the hair so should remove it permanently. However, patients with pcos may have thicker and more p ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Burke
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
No.: The laser used in hair reduction procedures does not penetrate fully thru the skin and outside of some potential temporary redness and/or irritation w ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randolph Wong
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes, but...: Laser resufacing is intended to smooth the contours, but may commonly cause irregular or splotchy pigmentation. Vitiligo may be aggravated, so do a t ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
In PA : It should not be difficult unless you are in a very remote section of PA, I would look up some dermatologists in your area and ask.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience Dermatology
No sun after laser: Sun tanning after laser treatments and particularly after burns can cause more problems with pigmentation. Most of the time these will heal, but some ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Metzinger
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
LHR: It depends on the laser and area being treated. Ipl versus laser, your skin type and weather cryo is used. Please consult with an aslms certified doct ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Moeller
37 years experience Dermatology
Hair removal: Laser should be fine.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
53 years experience Dermatology
Best to wait: It is best to have the acne under control before doing scar treatment. See your dermatologist and get the acne clear and then plan on a treatment for ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Raffi Dishakjian
34 years experience Vascular Surgery
While : While laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels can be effective for removal of sun spots, both of these treatments are more aggressive than they need ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Seward
21 years experience Dermatology
I : I agree with dr. Vendiola. Also, please note that there is no "miracle" treatment. A good dermatologist can provide you with options based on your n ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examina ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harry Greenberg
26 years experience Dermatology
No where: Lasers don't remove acne. Lasers can remove the scars from acne though. We do have a light device called the blue u that treats acne. Good luck. h ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Multiple: The resurfacing lasers may help, in general a50% improvement is considered very positive. Fractionated co2 lasers and other s like profractional may h ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
49 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: If you dont have healing problems, surgical excision by an appropriate physician depending on site.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Sanders
38 years experience Dermatology
It depends.: It depends on the scar. If you have diffuse, irregular scars, and erbium or CO2 laser would help. If you have flexible scars that come to the surfac ... Read More

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