I have dark skin. Will laser hair removal work for me?
Does IPL or Laser Hair Removal Work on Dark Skin?
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Laser Hair Removal can be effective on dark skin
IPL can also be an effective tool for people of all skin types, but it is not the ideal technology for hair removal, and must be used conservatively on dark skin for reduction of dark spots and skin rejuvenation
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IPL or laser hair removal can work on dark skin
Dark skin can be effectively treated with IPL or laser hair removal, as long as the laser is approved to be safe on dark skin. It normally takes longer for the results and the chances of side effects are higher. When the skin is darker, it absorbs more of the energy, which means more discomfort during the treatment. Using a bleaching cream or hydroquinone can help achieve better results with the IPL. Test spotting the treated area and adjusting the appropriate energy is very important with darker skin types.
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Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin
Laser Hair Removal works for Dark Skin
In our office, we have two different lasers used for laser hair removal. The Soprano laser is the one we use to treat dark skin. It is FDA approved to treat darker skin types. Whether or not you would be a good candidate for the Soprano laser would be determined in a complementary consultation with one of our skilled providers.
Laser hair removal on dark skin is best done with the 1064 laser
The safest way to remove hair in a dark skin individual (type 5 or 6) is with the 1064 YAG laser. IPL is absolutely not safe for this and can burn you. Although the LightSheer diode laser has FDA approval for this on all skin types, and some docs use this on darker skin types, I would recommend the 1064 laser.
Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin
Thank you for your question.
For individuals with darker skin tones laser hair removal can be done safely with the right laser. However, there are many lasers that can cause permanent discoloration of darker skin so it is recommended that you discuss this with your provider prior to treatment.
In our San Francisco Bay Area practice we use an Nd:YAG laser which is safe and highly effective for all skin types.
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Dark skin and laser hair removal
Yes laser hair removal will work on dark skin. However it may take longer to achieve optimum results.
Do not use IPL on dark skin for laser hair removal
The proper laser for hair removal in dark skin types is a long pulsed Nd:Yg laser. There are many types, including the one mentioned by Dr. Law. We disagree that IPL is a good method for hair removal as it is not as safe and will lead to substandard results -- more treatments with less hair and non-permanent hair removal. We generally use the long pulsed Sciton Nd:Yg for Persians, some East Indians with coarse hair and African Americans. All others we have found to be safely and effectively treated with the Lumenis Lightsheer.
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