Can Laser Hair Removal Cause Cancer?

Laser stands for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.

What about radiation to the skin?

Some people choose to go through the laser hair removal process instead of the conventional way of using a razor. There are concerns that it may have a risky effect to the body because of the radiation.

To this date, there are no research studies that show a relationship between laser hair removal and skin cancer. The studies state that laser hair removal is a perfectly safe procedure.

The laser used for hair radiation refers to the light waves that produce an non-ionizing radiation. These light waves end up as heat inside the skin, causing hair removal by burning the follicle where the hair grows. The light energy is only absorbed into the very surface layers of the skin which doesn’t cause cellular mutation.

Laser hair removal involves radiating an area of the body so that the hair follicles under the skin are burned and become inactive but laser hair removal treatment doesn’t cause cancer. The science suggests that isn’t possible to cause cancer by laser hair removal.

While the radiation is strong enough the damage the hair follicles it doesn’t carry the same amount of energy as cancer-causing radiation. The laser radiation is not-ionizing, which means it can’t damage the DNA.

Dr. Konstantin Zakashansky, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology (at Mount Sinai) said that the light being used in laser hair removal does not affect any internal organs because it will not penetrate beyond the skin.

There is no substantial evidence presented that the energy used in laser hair removal can cause any type of cancer. A patient can just experience a certain degree of irritation and discoloration.

In terms of cancer risk, the most dangerous is a high-frequency ionizing radiation. When ionizing radiation passes through the body, it can cause direct damage to a cell’s DNA and potentially lead to cancer. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) states the laser energy in hair removal procedures uses non-ionizing radiation.