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Can laser tattoo removal cause cancer?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

There are a variety of lasers in use today, used to remove tattoo ink, and to treat brown spots, spider veins, wrinkles, and skin tightening.
Some lasers are useful to treat pre-cancerous lesions. These lasers do not increase the chance for cancer.

In brief: No

There are a variety of lasers in use today, used to remove tattoo ink, and to treat brown spots, spider veins, wrinkles, and skin tightening.
Some lasers are useful to treat pre-cancerous lesions. These lasers do not increase the chance for cancer.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: NO

A tattoo is constantly being picked at by your immune system which carried the ink into your lymph nodes.
The laser simply speeds the process up. To date there is no evidence that this causes a health risk

In brief: NO

A tattoo is constantly being picked at by your immune system which carried the ink into your lymph nodes.
The laser simply speeds the process up. To date there is no evidence that this causes a health risk
Dr. Glenn Messina
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Dr. Jayson Dupre
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No evidence

There is no data linking laser tattoo removal with cancer of any type and there is no reason to expect that this might occur. There are however risks associated with the treatment so be sure to only have this done by an expert in this area after a full consult and review of benefits and risks.

In brief: No evidence

There is no data linking laser tattoo removal with cancer of any type and there is no reason to expect that this might occur. There are however risks associated with the treatment so be sure to only have this done by an expert in this area after a full consult and review of benefits and risks.
Dr. Jayson Dupre
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

I'm familiar with both the mechanisms by which tattoo ink is freed during the laser process, and the things that genuinely cause cancer.
Get that unwanted tattoo off, and won't worry about any serious risk to your health.

In brief: No

I'm familiar with both the mechanisms by which tattoo ink is freed during the laser process, and the things that genuinely cause cancer.
Get that unwanted tattoo off, and won't worry about any serious risk to your health.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Gustavo Diaz
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: No data

There is no scientific data today that supports that laser tattoo removal could cause cancer.
In my opinion you have to also consider the material used for the ink of tattoo as a culprit of cancer in an area that had a tattoo. Hope this helps.

In brief: No data

There is no scientific data today that supports that laser tattoo removal could cause cancer.
In my opinion you have to also consider the material used for the ink of tattoo as a culprit of cancer in an area that had a tattoo. Hope this helps.
Dr. Gustavo Diaz
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: 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 possible hepatitis c, among other things. So it is a trade-off of sorts.

In brief: 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 possible hepatitis c, among other things. So it is a trade-off of sorts.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Apparently, there does not appear to be evidence that it causes cancer, but there are other complications, like hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, transient textural changes, and allergic reactions, and a large blister or bulla.
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