Dallas, TX
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can i get cosmetic laser hair removal if i have vitiligo?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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 much of a difference.
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 27 years experience
Dr. Erman is correct. The best results for laser hair removal are with the combination of light skin and dark hair. The laser selectively targets the pigment in the hair. However, most patients with vitiligo have not only loss of skin pigment but loss of the pigment in the hairs in the depigmented areas. This makes the laser not a good option for vitiligo patients.
Feb 27, 2012
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 48 years experience
It can be done but you may need test spot because area with vitiligo can be more sensitive to laser.
Feb 27, 2012
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 48 years experience
Non vitiigo areas are treatable. Areaswith hairs without color will not respond well as per dr.shenenberger.
Feb 27, 2012
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: There is no contraindication.
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Dr. Gregory Surfield
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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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Dr. Daniel Careaga
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