Is there any chance of IPL causing skin cancer or other problems in 10 or 15 years?
IPL Laser Risks & Safety
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IPL Treatments Not Shown to Cause Skin Cancer or Other Problems
Dr Davin Lim
IPL and skin cancer
IPL does not use UV light but specific bands of light of different wavelength. IPL have proven to have a long term safety track record. IPL is often used not only for aesthetic purposes but can be used to treat dermatologic diseases as well. A study in LASERs Med Sci in 2006 by authors Hedelund,et al looked at the potential for IPL and cancer and found that there was no carcinogenic potential based on histologic studies on the effects of IPL.
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Not With IPL
As dermatologists, using light treatment to treat a variety of skin diseases, this question comes up frequently. However, our worries are with the ultraviolet light spectrum not the visible light wavelengths in which the IPL devices are found. Thus, we worry about UVA and UVB light when we utilize it for treating psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo etc. These wavelengths certainly do cause skin cancer and we weigh the benefits of light treatment against the risks. Cosmetic uses of such light to obtain a tan, shows no medical benefit at all and this is the reason we wail against tanning beds.
Visible light has no carcinogenic properties that we know of. Otherwise we would be recommending our patients become cave dwellers.
Safety of Intense Pulse Light
There is no evidence to suggest that IPL is carcinogenic. IPL typically uses wavelengths of scattered light that are between 500-1500 nm, out of the spectrum of typical UV A and B light.
IPL and Skin Cancers
I am NOT aware of any studies that have reported an association between IPL and skin cancers. Part of the reason may be that when performing IPL or BBL (by Sciton) we use filters that specifically allow only certain wavelengths through based on the targets in the skin we want to reach and most of these targets are in the Yellow to Red visible spectrum NOT the Ultraviolet spectrum associated with skin cancers.