Can Laser Hair Removal on the Breasts Cause Damage to Breast Tissue or Mammary Glands?

I'm considering laser hair removal on breasts. I'm not currently pregnant or breast feeding, but wondered if the laser treatments could cause damage to the mammary glands?

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The Safety of Laser Hair Removal on the Breasts

Lasers create a beam of highly concentrated light that penetrates into the skin where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. This light energy is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to destroy numerous follicles at a time and leaves the surrounding skin unaffected. It should not penetrate deeply enough to have any effect on the underling tissues such as breast tissue so it is perfectly safe for that area.


South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal in the Breast Area is Safe

Dear writer, All Current Evidence Indicates that Laser Hair Removal in the Breast Area is Safe. All light sources and lasers used for permanent hair reduction use light either in the visible or infrared spectrum. This means, they use specific wavelengths of light pretty much like those we have in a common light bulb; but depending on the device, some particular wavelengths of the light spectrum are 'isolated' . The devices do not emit dangerous radiation, like ultraviolet light from the sun for example, nor ionizing radiation. The main precautions are to wear glasses always ( the hemoglobin in the blood vessels of your retina can absorb some of these wavelengths to some extent) and to use settings that prevent burns or pigment changes on the skin. There should be no damage to your mammary glands.

Leyda Elizabeth Bowes, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
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