Safe to Have a Laser Treatment (Hair Removal) with Pacemaker?

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Safe to have Laser Hair Removal with a Pacemaker

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There is no transmission of electricity or electrical current during the delivery of laser energy to the target site in the process of laser hair reduction. Electrical activity is what may disrupt pacemaker activity. You can safely have laser hair removal treatments with a pacemaker.

Laser hair removal is safe with pacemakers

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Lasers work through a focused light beam; there is no electricity traversing the body, so they are safe with pacemakers.

Anatoli Freiman, MD
Toronto Dermatologist

Laser hair removal is safe with a pacemaker

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Electrical currents may disrupt the function of the pacemaker but laser treatments send light into the skin, not electricity, so there is no medical reason not to get laser hair removal with a pacemaker.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

It is Safe to have Laser Hair Removal when you have a Pacemaker

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It is perfectly safe to have Laser hair removal treatments when you have a pacemaker. Lasers create a beam of highly concentrated light that penetrates deep 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. Since this light energy is quickly absorbed, it should have no effect on a pacemaker beneath the skin. There are also no electrical currents involved in Laser hair removal treatment that would cause concern about it affecting your pacemaker.


Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal and pacemakers

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Hairs are destroyed by the hair follicle absorbing visible light, which creates heat in the dermis. There is no electricity contacting you. As long as there is no electromagnetic energy from the laser box that can interfere with the pacemaker, there shouldn't be a problem. You can call your pacemaker company and ask the doctor's office what wavelength laser they use, just to be sure.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Laser hair removal safe with pacemaker

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Pacemakers can in theory be influenced (e.g. reprogrammed) by electrical currents passing through the skin, most typically the electrosurgery used to stop bleeding during surgery.  Lasers for hair removal deliver light to the skin that generates heat to get its effect but there is no transmission of electrical current, so they are safe with a pacemaker.

Daniel Berg, MD
Seattle Dermatologic Surgeon

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