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Contraindications for Laser Skin Treatments

As with any medical procedure, there are care guidelines that cannot be overlooked when undergoing a skin treatment such as a laser scar removal, and these will naturally proscribe receiving this type of procedure.  A partial list of laser skin treatment contraindications are the following:

  • Acute infections
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Diabetes mellitus – poorly controlled (blood glucose exceeds 10 mmol/litre on most days or HBA1C >6 within last 3 months)
  • Chronic skin diseases in acute stage, psoriasis (progressive stage)
  • Untreated cancer of the skin or of an organ. Suspicious moles.
  • Immunosuppression (HIV, drugs with immunosuppressive effect)
  • Inflammation in the area of treatment
  • Mental disorders and unrealistic expectations
  • Use of Roaccutane at any time within the last 6 months (due to danger of keloid formation)
  • Reinforcement of face with any kind of threads (in the area of treatment) (in case of absorbable threads the doctor makes the decision)
  • Fitted pacemaker
  • Permanent fillers in the treatment area
  • If the patient received steroids, the treatment must be coordinated with the primary care provider and the patient must be warned of the possible result
  • Autoimmune disorders in active stage
  • Tendency to abnormal scarring or hyperpigmentation

Your doctor may discuss other contraindications with you based on your medical history.

 

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