Is it safe to have my aesthetician use a Lamp robe?

Hello Dr Irwin, I am wondering about the Lamp robe that I see in many spas but not at dermatologists. I do not understand if it does something different from electrodessication for the removal of small moles or skin tags. My esthetician loves it. Is it safe?

No, it’s NOT safe but not for the reason you might think. To remove something on the skin safely, you have to make an accurate diagnosis first. Aestheticians do not have any medical degree whatsoever. As much as I respect and love many aestheticians, they should NOT remove skin lesions without a prior skin exam done recently. I have personally seen skin cancers, including melanomas, misdiagnosed by well meaning aestheticians.


See a Dermatologist for a skin exam first and ask if it’s okay for your aesthetician to remove something first.


Hope this helps!!  Dr. I


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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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