Can IPL laser treatments cause skin cancer

Can IPL laser treatments cause skin cancer

One of the most popular skin treatments for men and woman are laser skin treatments, but with the many technological advancements made in the skin care industry over the years, you’re probably finding yourself wondering which options are best for you, and which treatments can cause skin diseases like cancer.

There are many questions regarding laser skin treatments and the various ways they may negatively affect your body. The facts are though, that the risks associated with laser treatments are quite minimal, and those risks only apply to certain special circumstances.

Can laser skin treatments cause cancer?

You’ll find a lot of myths floating around when it comes to laser skin treatments. One of the popular myths is that laser treatments can cause cancer. The fact is that there hasn’t been any medical evidence of a link between laser treatments and cancer.

An example of a laser treatment that has zero risks associated with Cancer is IPL photo-rejuvenation which treats a vast array of different skin issues. With IPL, light therapy is used to help your skin look and feel better, and after just a few sessions you’ll notice a difference that will last quite a long time – but, there’s no risk of cancer.

Most people are unaware that during the treatments, no bodily organs in the body are directly or indirectly affected. The treatment laser is used to only treat the topmost layer of your skin, but organs are not affected.

The light used for laser therapy doesn’t reach underneath where any parts of the body mass is present, thus removing any chances of enabling the formation of cancer.

The short answer? No, laser skin treatments do not cause cancer and there are no risks of having any negative side-effect on the skin or anywhere else on the body after one, or several treatment sessions.

What is the laser treatment procedure?

Laser treatment before afterWhile there are different laser treatments for skin and hair, you will find one thing common in all of them. The top-most layer of the skin is worked on by the lasers and the laser doesn’t go beneath the first layer of your skin. This is the primary reason it’s so safe.

For skin-care, light therapy is used to make products work better on your skin, whereas, when it comes to hair removal, laser therapy is used to burn the hair follicles at the root in order to stop the hair from growing further.

Laser skin treatments are vastly different from micro-needling procedures which requires painless pricks of small needles on the top-most layer of your skin during the treatment procedure.

What are laser treatments used for?

There are many different types of laser treatments which used for different reasons.

  • You can opt for a laser treatment that is designed particularly for the prevention of acne scars.
  • You can also use laser treatments for acne scar removal.
  • Laser treatments can be used to prevent or reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Laser treatments are great for erasing skin blemishes.
  • You can use laser skin treatments to remove various types of scars.
  • Varicose veins can be treated through laser treatments.
  • Birthmarks can be treated and possible removed through laser treatments.
  • Stretch marks can be reduced or removed with laser treatments.
  • Skin pigmentation anomalies can be removed with laser treatments.
  • Skin blemishes can be minimized through laser skin treatments.

Laser treatments also help with facilitating better circulation of your blood, which in turn is known to help make your skin appear much more healthier.

Depending on which procedure you’re interested in, you can see a visible difference after multiple sessions with your aesthetician. You’ll definitely see a reduction in inflammation, a reduction in irregular tissue growth, and the treatments support healthy cell growth as soon after you start your few sessions.

Can IPL cause other side effects?

Even though IPL will not cause cancer, it is important to consider the following:

  • Issues may arise if the technician is over or under-treating the skin. Be sure to choose a reputable clinic.
  • To avoid a negative response to IPL & Laser, clients must practice safe-sun techniques like avoiding sun and using appropriate SPF before and after treatments.
  • Negative side effects may occur when clients don’t honestly disclose their medications – and specifically their PHOTO-SENSITIVE medication to the technician.
  • It is important to be aware of the clinic’s sanitation protocols.
  • Be aware of the sunburned sensation on the skin post-treatment. This is a temporary feeling but may be an uncomfortable feeling for some.
  • Not all laser machines are made the same and technologies vary. You should understand what the type of laser does and how it benefits your skin before your treatments.
  • Do not expect that every machine will be able to help you achieve the results you are looking for.
It’s a good idea to research the IPL/Laser machine that will be used on you, and make sure that it is Health Canada and/or FDA approved to assure your treatment is safe and reliable.
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