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Part of my mole has changed color after a laser hair removal treatment. Should i be concerned?

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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Lasers and moles

The laser used for laser hair removal shines in the skin and the hair equally.
Pigmented skin, like in a mole, will tend to absorb more laser energy that pale white skin, so color change is possible. On the other hand, if the mole was changing and you only noticed it because you had hair removal in the area, this should be checked out by your dermatologist. If there is any doubt, get checked out.

In brief: Lasers and moles

The laser used for laser hair removal shines in the skin and the hair equally.
Pigmented skin, like in a mole, will tend to absorb more laser energy that pale white skin, so color change is possible. On the other hand, if the mole was changing and you only noticed it because you had hair removal in the area, this should be checked out by your dermatologist. If there is any doubt, get checked out.
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Laser hair removal depends on damaging color bearing cells and may have caused this new finding.
There is no evidence that laser causes melanoma, but it must still be looked for: whenever amole changes in character.

In brief: Yes

Laser hair removal depends on damaging color bearing cells and may have caused this new finding.
There is no evidence that laser causes melanoma, but it must still be looked for: whenever amole changes in character.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
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Dr. Shino Aguilera
depilation of unwanted hair via laser, works by the laser light being attracted to the brown/black melanin pigment on the hair shaft. Moles also contain melanin, therefore they may temporarily be lighter or change in color. However, it is important that everyone be familiar with the ABCDs of melanoma. If any mole changes significantly in color, size or shape. YOu should consult your dermatologist.
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