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Can Laser Hair Removal Cause Skin Cancer
Not likely: Anything is possible but laser hair removal has been very popular worldwide for over ten years and with the number of people enjoying it we haven't observed a jump in skin cancer. The wavelengths of light typically used for hair removal are in the range of 550-1100nm while those of uva and b, typically felt to cause skin cancer are in the 10-300nm range. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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 now. ...Read more
Is there proof that there is no greater incidence of any kind of skin damage, wrinkling or skin cancer in people who've had laser hair removal?
Is there any correlation between laser hair removal with gentlemax pro and skin cancer? Or breast cancer, in case of hair removal on chest area?
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 there is always the risk of coincidence in some cases. Therefore you need to know the natural risks here, as well as family history of breast cancer can increase the odds. ...Read more
Is laser hair removal safe? Does it cause cancer or skin pigmentation? I have excessive hair growth and really want to get rid of it.
No: I've not seen any reports of these problems, ever. ...Read more
Can laser hair removal cause scarring or other danger? How can you avoid this? Considering having it done on face and have VERY sensitive skin.
Laser Hair risks!: Best top use lower levels of power to avoid any issues. But than you will need more sessions and spend $$s ...Read more
Is laser hair removal safe? If got it in private area would it cause any harm to reproductive system? (because of laser). Can it cause skin discolor__
Yes: Yes safe but if overdone can cause lightening of skin in area. It is external so not touching reproductive organs ...Read more
Are there any long term side-effects to laser hair removal? (other than the promise of no more waxing?!) :) cancer/tumour etc?
Actually, no.: Since laser hair removal uses non-ionizing energy, there is no cancer-inducing radiation, and the actual laser light penetrates no more than a couple of millimeters at hair removal wavelengths. Multiple sessions are necessary since hair follicles are susceptible only in specific growth phases. Hair and a few sebaceous glands are gone, but no problem unless too much energy=burn or blister. ...Read more
No, None at all: There is no such connection that is known. ...Read more
Not a cancer risk: Anyone can do a bad study to "show" that anything causes any cancer, just based on how people answer questions. The things that actually do this and hold up either mutate genes (which lasering a follicle won't do) or result in prolonged hyperproliferation of cells (same). Don't worry about this. Laser hair removal is a huge help for many people. Best wishes. ...Read more
Research: I am not sure about kaya skin clinic but my recommendation is to research it as well as places within driving distance of where you live. Get referrals from other physicians you respect and trust or patients. Then, go for a consult and see if this is a good clinic for you. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Had laser hair removal on legs. Have white marks because skin was a burned. Can I continue the sessions? Can I get suntan?
Yes/No: No such thing as hair removal. It is "hair reduction." if you were burned, you might want to have them turn the power down on the laser. You should never get a suntan whether or not you have scars and therefore should always use sun-block protection. Sun block is even more important when there are scars. ...Read more
Dear doctor, I've had a laser hair removal which turned out horrible. I have dark spots all over, and hair stuck under the skin. More hair than before?
Re-consult the doc.:
Laser usually burns or cuts. The superficial skin can be burned/damaged and forms scabs. Typically laser targets certain phase of hair growth, so the "affected hair" is destroyed but the unaffected continues to grow under the scabs. The scabs should fall off and you should see normal hair growing, but should be less and less after each treatment.
re-consult doc to address your concern. Good luck ...Read more
Yes: Laser hair removal is safe and won't have an effect on a nevus - but you should discuss the management of your nevus with a dermatologist. ...Read more
Mostly: It can definitely help tremendously with reducing total number of hair follicles. Hairs that do grow back will be much finer and thinner. My guess is you would still have some hairs growing back at times that may need some ongoing treatment. ...Read more
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 need longer treatment courses for optimal results. Final decision would be by the doctor who will do your laser treatment. ...Read more
6 laser hair removal sessions on front torso a yr ago. Black hair/light skin color. Everything grew back. No reduction at all. Why? What to try next?
Electrolysis: Is another option.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can I do laser hair removal while I am in taking vibramycin (doxycycline) or I can get a skin reaction? .Thanks
Can I have laser hair removal and isotretinoin simultaneously? Black American skin. Past laser mole removal while on isotretinoin w/o scarring.
Is it ok to use laser after usibg ipl for 4 months? I felt that ipl didn't do good on my skin so I want to try laser hair removal and im not sure
Laser after IPL:
That should not be a problem. You should wait 4-6 weeks after your last IPL to allow the effects of that treatment to be maximized and to allow resting hair follicles to become active for treatment with the laser.
You should consult with the doctor treating you with the laser to make sure your hair color and skin color will be appropriate for treatment. ...Read more
Seek dermatologist: Laser hair treatments for dark skin including African American skin can be safely performed with certain lasers at the right settings. Seek out a dermatologist who is experienced with treating ethnic and darker skin types. Typically a diode laser and Yag lasers have the correct wavelength for treating darker skin. Avoid ipl or medical spas without doctor supervision. ...Read more
Yes: Must go to a trained professional with a lot of experience in persons of color. THe lasers that would be safest for you are the YAG and the 910 diode like lightsheer ...Read more
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more
Hair removal is either temporary, like tweezing, waxing or shaving, or permanent, in which the follicles are destroyed by electrolysis or a laser/light system. Very popular these days to reduce the density of hair in an area by laser hair removal. It needs to be repeated in a series to affect as many follicles as ...Read more
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