Can I Get a Photofacial if I Had Skin Cancer?

I had a nurse tell me that since I had a skin cancer I should not get a photofacial.

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Photofacial and skin cancer

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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.  

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Photofacial and Skin Cancer

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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.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Photofacial after skin cancer

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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.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

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