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Doctor insights on: Can Laser Hair Removal Cause Skin Cancer

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Can laser hair removal lead to skin cancer?

Can laser hair removal lead to 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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Are there risks for laser hair removal? Skin cancer?

Are there risks for laser hair removal? Skin cancer?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Done properly: Laser hair removal, like electrolysis, is safe and effective. Doesn't cause cancer or other medical problems. ...Read more

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Can exposure to radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

Can exposure to radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

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. ...Read more

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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.

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

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I had laser hair removal on my arm and now my mole looks puffed up, could this be a melanoma?

I had laser hair removal on my arm and now my mole looks puffed up, could this be a melanoma?

Unlikely: Laser treatment will not cause a melanoma. The mole I assume was in the area where the hairs were lasered and probably received some of the energy and got a little inflamed. If it were a melanoma, then it would have had to been that way prior to the laser treatment. ...Read more

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Is it true laser hair removal increases your chances of cancer? Are there any other risks?

Is it true laser hair removal increases your chances of cancer? Are there any other risks?

Laser hair removal: Cancer is caused by ionizing radiation like x-rays etc.
Laser is non-ionizing radiation which does not cause cancer.
The common risks are skin color changes and rarely burns. ...Read more

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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

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What are the side effect of laser hair removal? Is it causing cancer in long term?!

What are the side effect of laser hair removal? Is it causing cancer in long term?!

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

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Is laser hair removal safe to do if you have acne prone skin?

Is laser hair removal safe to do if you have acne prone skin?

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 doctor for a formal consultation. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is kaya skin clinic is best option for laser hair removal treatment?

Please help docs! Is kaya skin clinic is best option for laser hair removal treatment?

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

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Had laser hair removal on legs. Have white marks because skin was a burned. Can I continue the sessions? Can I get suntan?

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

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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?

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

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Can I get laser hair removal if I have dark skin?

Can I get laser hair removal if I have dark skin?

Laser hair dark skin: Yes. See an experienced hair removal practice that has the appropriate laser with a longer wavelength for safety in skin of color. ...Read more

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What are the skin changes / side effects of laser hair removal?

Few: If done correctly, laser hair removal is safe and effective, with few skin changes. Blistering and pigmentary changes can occasionally occur. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get laser hair removal on skin that is effected by Nevus Depigmenosus?

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

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Can I get laser hair removal on my entire head so that I can be bald forever?

Can I get laser hair removal on my entire head so that I can be bald forever?

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

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I have mild melasma. Can I still have laser hair removal? Ethnic skin-cherokee

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

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Can I do laser hair removal while I am in taking vibramycin (doxycycline) or I can get a skin reaction? .Thanks

Can I do laser hair removal while I am in taking vibramycin (doxycycline) or I can get a skin reaction? .Thanks

Doxycycline: There doesn't appear to be a relationship between Doxycycline and laser hair reduction. Doxycycline phototoxicity is for uv wavelengths and the wavelengths used in laser hair reduction are different, so you may safely go ahead with your therapy. ...Read more

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Can I have laser hair removal and isotretinoin simultaneously? Black American skin. Past laser mole removal while on isotretinoin w/o scarring.

Can I have laser hair removal and isotretinoin simultaneously? Black American skin. Past laser mole removal while on isotretinoin w/o scarring.

There should: Be no problem with skin treatments while on isotretinoin. That being said, because you are more prone to scarring due to your skin type please make sure you are being treated by an expert. That means a Board Certified Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, or Cosmetic Surgeon. ...Read more

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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

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

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How is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin?

How is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin?

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

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Is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin okay?

Is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin okay?

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

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Robert Strimling
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Hair Removal (Definition)

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