I had a nurse tell me that since I had a skin cancer I should not get a photofacial.
Can I Get a Photofacial if I Had Skin Cancer?
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Photofacial and skin cancer
There should be no contra-indications from having a photofacial after skin cancer. In fact, photofacial with photodynamic therapy is an ideal treatment option for patients with a history of skin cancer.
Photofacial and Skin Cancer
Photofacial (IPL) with Photodynamic therapy would be a great treatment option for a patient that has a skin cancer history. This procedure would provide a great cosmetic and medical benefit for those patients that have sun damage and a history of skin cancer.
Photofacial after skin cancer
There is no scientific data to suggest that you couldn't get a photofacial after a skin cancer. In fact, we do something called photodynamic therapy (PDT) which involves using a substance such as Levulan or Metvix on the skin, and then shining a light (e.g. IPL/photofacial) or laser at it so as to treat pre-cancers and even skin cancers. With skin questions, best to discuss with your dermatologist, not a nurse. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.
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