I have very dark hair, with light Irish skin coloring. Which laser hair removal system would be best for my thick course leg hair?
I Have Very Dark Hair and Very Light Skin. Which Laser Method Would Be Best for Me?
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LASER hair removal
Types of LASERS:
- Diode- Perhaps the best studied and good for many skin types (the type I favor in my practice).
- IPL- Not as effective as diode in head to head studies and not good for all skin types. May require more treatments.
- Nd:YAG lasers- A good selection for darker haired patients. May require more treatments than diode and has a smaller spot size typically and may require more treatments
- Alexandrite- Best for lighter skin types however it is almost as effective as diode in efficacy.
Best Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Laser for Dark Hair, Light Skin
In my opinion, the long pulsed Alexandrite laser would probably be the ideal laser for you.
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Laser Hair Removal for light skin
The long pulsed nd:yag laser we use is ideal for dark skinned individuals. The longer pulse means that the laser energy will be absorbed by the root of the hair and not the surface of the skin. This means laser hair removal will be safer and more effective for dark skinned individuals. While laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any skin color, the color of the hair is the most important factor.
The laser is attracted to the melanin (the dark pigment) in the hair follicle. Thus, darker hair is treated most effectively. If your hair has a blonde, red, or dark gray root, you may not be a good candidate for laser hair removal.
Alexandrite Lasers best for Dark hair, light skin
For you, I would use my Candela GentleLase, a long-pulsed Alexandrite laser (755 nm infra-red laser). Alexandrite lasers offer the best melanin/pigment absorption of all the hair removal lasers-- so are the most effective lasers in people who are lightly pigmented. Candela, the laser manufacturer, has a patented cryogen spray cooling system that enables their lasers to be the safest and most effective in the industry.
Best Laser for dark hair and light skin
In my office we use the GentleMAX alexandrite laser by Candela. Light skin with dark hair is ideal for hair removal with this laser. Lasers create a beam of highly concentrated light that penetrates deep into the skin where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. Lighter colored skin allows the light energy to pass through so it can be absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. This will destroy numerous follicles at a time and leave the surrounding skin unaffected.
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