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can laser hair removal cause skin cancer

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
While laser: Does not immunize you from later cancer, there is no carcinogenic aspect of the amplfied light that it uses to cause cancer. Even using sunblock and s ... Read More

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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No cancer risk: You're only 19. Make sure that you really want that hair removed. You may meet someone wonderful in the future who likes a hairy guy. Try shaving for ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
No: There is no evidence at all to suggest that any of these problems occur. Laser is just light.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
No, none: There is no effect on the odds of developing breast cancer from such procedures. Yet breast cancer develops in one of 8 women in their life time...So ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bert Liang
Specializes in Neurology
Unlikely: Extraordinarily unlikely.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Fiala
32 years experience Plastic Surgery
No: I've not seen any reports of these problems, ever.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: I'm sorry someone troubled you by suggesting this. Despite the daily foolishness that you read in the "pop" media, the things that really and truly ca ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Possibly.: It involves a laser, so it might increase the risk of cancer, especially on the skin. But, if the tatoo is not removed there can be other risks, like ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Electrolysis?: You may want to consider electrolysis.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Tholen
40 years experience Plastic Surgery
If you look at the : Laser beam. That's why you wear protective suntan goggles or wavelength-specific glasses with side and top shields. You can't have laser hai ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Denis Winder
57 years experience Plastic Surgery
Probably not.: Skin color does not necessarily relate to hair removal. Perhaps some bleaching cream would help the skin color such as 4% hydroquinone.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: The things that really cause cancer (tobacco, sunlight, ionizing radiation, the really dangerous chemicals) mutate genes. Nothing involved in laser ta ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
unlikely: Thyroid cancers are not rare. All lasers used on people have to be approved by the fda to be safe in regards to radiation exposure.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Can't repair: This is called "post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation". Hopefully the "natural force" would remove the pigmentation in a long run. But there is no quick ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Bodian
34 years experience Dermatology
It may: There are 2 different reactions that you may have to a cream that causes darkening. First, you may be allergic to the cream and the darkening is a re ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Abuzeni
25 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: A hair removal laser light, to be effective, must have its energy be absorbed by cells that contain pigment such as the hair follicle. The retina in t ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Know of no: studies that associating hair coloring with cancer.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Depending on the location of the tatto ie should or chest and the tendency of your skin to get keloids it is possible.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Alexander
26 years experience Plastic Surgery
Can be: Depends on the extent of desired hair removal. Does require several visits to remove most unwanted hair as the hair can only be destroyed during its g ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience Medical Oncology
Neither: Skin tag (medical term is acrochordon) is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Alexander
26 years experience Plastic Surgery
Occasionally: Cysts are formed when the outlet ducts become blocked or scarred. Skin oil glands continue to secrete but the oils cannot escape.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No: Hair removal lasers generally target hair follicles.
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