A 24-year-old female asked:
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can i get cosmetic laser hair removal if i have vitiligo?

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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 much of a difference.
Answered on Aug 29, 2018
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Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Non vitiigo areas are treatable. Areaswith hairs without color will not respond well as per dr.shenenberger.
Feb 27, 2012
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
It can be done but you may need test spot because area with vitiligo can be more sensitive to laser.
Feb 27, 2012
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
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. Francisco Agullo
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: There is no contraindication.
Answered on Aug 29, 2018

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