Are there any side effects that occur years after laser hair removal? On glands for example?

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Late laser effects

No. The laser hair removal is absorbed by hair follicles that grow dark hair. There are not late effects. However complete loss of hair growth is likely to decrease oil production because these glands are part of the hair follicle. The laser hair removal effects are prolonged but temporary. Hair growth returns usually within 2-5 years. 

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Does laser hair removal affect glands

Laser hair removal would have no long or short-term side effects to any glands. The machines are capable of going only as deep as hair follicles are, which is very superficial in the skin's layers, so none of the lights or lasers can go deep enough to affect glands or organs.

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F. Victor Rueckl, MD
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Sebaceous Glands

There have been studies that prove that laser hair removal does have some affect on sebaceous glands (oil glands). The study showed that there was a reduction in the size of the sebaceous gland. There is no other gland affected by laser hair removal because the laser energy only goes down to the superficial layers of the skin.

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Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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