Can You Have IPL Treatment if You've Been Treated for Skin Cancer?

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IPL after skin cancer

If you've had a skin cancer excised or surgically removed then it's best to wait until the scar has healed before any treatment.  That being said, IPL can help diminish redness or tiny capillaries around the scar and help it to blend better.  IPL, especially in combination with something like ALA/Levulan, can be extremely effective for helping to treat precancerous lesions that are present and repair other unseen sun damage that may lead to precancerous and cancerous lesions in the future.  So not only is it okay to do IPL with a history of skin cancer, we recommend it for our patients.


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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IPL treatment after skin cancer

There are no contraindications between IPL treatments and past and/or skin cancers.  It is important to use sunscreen, SPF 30+, daily and especially after a light therapy treatment, as these treatments will temporarily increase your sensitivity to the sun.

John Soderberg, MD, MPH
Raleigh-Durham Dermatologic Surgeon
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IPL after skin cancer

There is no problem using this technology after a skin cancer. Some doctors even use this in conjunction with a special cream to treat pre cancers. It can be helpful to reduce the redness in the scar after the surgery has healed.

Michael Eidelman, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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IPL Treatment After Being Treated for Skin Cancer

There is no contraindication to being treated with IPL after skin cancer treatment.

IPL is a useful way to reduce scar redness (erythema) and may still be used to reduce generalized redness and brown spots/ pigmentary changes in the skin after primary healing is complete from skin cancer treatment.

Anifat Balogun, MD
Seattle Otolaryngologist

The Timing for IPL after Mohs Surgery

There is no contraindication for IPL after skin cancer surgery, but you will want to wait until the area has fully healed.  In addition, make sure that the IPL is done by the surgeon's office that did the reconstruction.

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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IPL and skin cancer

The simple answer to this is yes. It is possible to have IPL folllowing skin cancer treatment and/or surgery.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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IPL Treatment After Skin Cancer

There are no contraindications to having IPL treatments if you have had skin cancer.  IPL can be used to improve redness on a scar after skin cancer excision.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

IPL and skin cancer

I don't see any reason you can't have IPL after being treated for skin cancer.  There are some treatments using IPL that are even aimed at decreasing the skin cancer risk.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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