Laser Hair Removal | 26 July 2020

Is it safe to have laser treatment if you have vitiligo?

It is safe to have laser treatment if you have a mild form of vitiligo. Suitability for this treatment really depends on the severity of your condition. If you have a very mild form of this condition you may be able to have treatment on the sections of skin that are darker in colour. It is not recommended to treat the paler areas of the skin as they are more sensitive. You may also notice hairs in these paler areas have lost their pigment so they aren’t suitable for laser anyway. On darker sections of skin where hair is dark laser will be successful in reducing these hairs. 

To keep your skin safe if you have vitiligo we would recommend

Settings on the laser would generally need to be lower to start if you have vitiligo. A patch test is essential and allows us to see how the skin has responded.  Throughout the treatment course it is important for any changes in skin colour to be reported so that adjustments can be made if needed. 

 

If you have noticed your patches have become worse due to past trauma ie sunburn or the use of topical products containing chemicals we would not recommend having laser treatment. As laser uses intense beams of light there is a risk that laser may make this condition worse. At Urbana we put your safety and well being first. We will only recommend you go ahead with laser treatment if you have vitiligo if it is safe. 

 

What vitiligo looks like on the skin

 

If you are unsure please contact us to arrange a no obligation consultation. We can assess your areas and offer honest advice on how best to proceed. We may ask you to also have a chat with your GP just to confirm that you are ok to go ahead with treatment.