Could laser hair removal give you CANCER?

"Laser hair removal could increase a person′s chances of being diagnosed with cancer, experts have warned.

The smoke produced, which smells like ′burning hair′, contains chemicals that irritate the airways and are known to cause cancer.

Those who are regularly exposed to the smoke, those who perform the cosmetic procedure for example, could be at greatest risk.

Dr Gary Chuang, of the University of California, Los Angeles, warned that the risk increases when the procedure is performed by someone who is not trained adequately.

He said: ′Laser hair removal performed by improperly trained personnel or in an inadequately equipped facility will put both the healthcare workers and patients at risk.′

He added that the procedures should only be performed in spaces with ′an adequate air filtration system and a smoke evacuator′.

Dr Chuang and his team collected hair smaples from two volunteers, sealed the samples in glass jars, treated them with a laser, and captured 30 seconds of laser ′plume′ - a smoky mix of burnt hair and chemicals.

They identified 377 chemical compounds in the smoke, including 20 that are known environmental toxins, such as carbon monoxide, and 13 that are known or suspected to cause cancer.

They included benzene and toluene, according to the study, published in JAMA Dermatology.

Dr Chuang and colleagues also measured the concentrations of very fine particles in the plume that could be easily inhaled.

They found an eight-fold increase in concentrations of the particles compared with room air before the procedure, even when there was a smoke evacuator nearby.

When they turned the smoke evacuator off for just 30 seconds, the particle count increased more than 26-fold.

The researchers conclude that the burning-hair plume released during laser hair treatment should be considered a ′biohazard, warranting the use of smoke evacuators, good ventilation, and respiratory protection.′

Risks are likely greater for practitioners who may work eight hours straight, Dr Chuang observed ? but no studies have yet looked at how much exposure to the burning-hair plume is too much.

′It′s similar to estimating the effect of second-hand smoke - very difficult to do,′ Dr Chuang acknowledged.

Nevertheless, he stressed, ′it′s important to minimize the risks.′

Dermatologist Dr Delphine Lee of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California, urges people to ′keep these results in perspective′.

Consider, she told Reuters, ′how these levels compare to everyday exposures to other carcinogen-laden air,′ such as an urban environment with lots of car exhaust or a smoky restaurant.

′There has been no reported epidemic of increased lung disease or other cancer in technicians or health professionals who perform procedures with lasers, people who visit dermatology offices that use lasers, or patients who have frequent laser hair removal,′ Dr Lee noted.

′However, this landmark study alerts us to consider the consequences and further studies are warranted to investigate the risk of exposure to laser hair removal plume,′ Dr Lee said.

Although the actual risks aren′t yet known, Dr Lee advises both practitioners and consumers ′to take some moderate precautions, such as wearing respiratory masks,′ during the procedure."

Most Read

★4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home

★Five-second rule for food dropped on the floor approved by germ scientists

★10 Ways To Use Sesame Oil For Beautiful Skin

★10 questions about laser hair removal

★Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja wins Miss Deaf Asia 2018 crown

★Making handloom accessible

★Breakthrough drug restores more than 90% of lost hair in most patients

★10 Weight Loss Tips to Make Things Easier (and Faster)

★Surgery addict rushed to hospital after his body REJECTED his new nose

★Can Eating Bananas Help You Lose Weight?

★Losing Weight in Hot Weather Made Easy

★15 Powerful Asanas of Yoga to Reduce Belly Fat

★5 Common Mistakes that May Ruin Your Skin

★Heres why you should go sulphate-free with your hair care

★5 DIY masks for your various hair concerns

★Natural Ways to Remove Blackheads on Face and Nose

★How you should wash your face?

★How to exercise outdoors, when the smogs a killer

★5 Hot Yoga Poses For Rapid Weight Loss

★15 Best Heart-Healthy Foods

★7 Healthy Hacks for Your Pumpkin Spice Latte

★Scientists found effective dandruff treatment

★Ideal exercises to keep your heart healthy

★9 Food Habits To Keep Eating To Lose Weight

★Top Natural Body Care Tips for Women

★A Beginners Guide to Sun Salutations

★10 Benefits Of Climbing Stairs ? An Underdog In The World Of Fitness

★11 Realistic Methods of Stress Management

★Top 10 Unknown Beauty Tips and Tricks

★5 Reasons Cheese is Actually Good For Your Health

★Healthiest Foods For Women

★Breathe Right to Live a Healthier and Better Life

★Working It Out: The future of work and digital

★Why You Need to Start Combining Avocados and Peaches

★Correlation Between Almonds and Weight Gain

★Natural Herbal Gummies

★Ways to Use Honey for a Glowing Skin

★6 Best Oils for a Naturally Clear and Glowing Skin

★4 Superfoods for a Healthy Looking Skin

★5 Yoga Poses that Can Give You a Glowing Skin

★10 Natural beauty tips for face you must try

★Healthy eating

★5 Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat

★Top 10 Diet and Fitness Tips for Men

★Do you want to be paid for sleeping well at night?

★Guinness World Record for bearded woman Harnaam Kaur

★Best and Worst Drinks for Weight Loss

★8 Time-Saving Meal Prep Ideas Nutritionists Actually Use

★5 foods for healthy skin

★WHO says strawberries may not be so safe for you

©2019-2020 All rights reserved.