Best Laser Hair Removal For African American Skin?

What is the best method of laser hair removal for people of darker skin example ; african women? And would a single method of laser hair removal suffice for under the chin hairs, arm pit hairs, belly hairs, hair on breasts, arms, legs, upper lips, side burns, toes, buttocks or different kinds of laser hair removal methods have to be used? Yes I am very hairy and need help.

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LASER Hair Removal African American Skin

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Typically for African American Skin, Nd:YAG lasers and Diode lasers are the best types.  There is not a single best laser to treat hair. Each laser has its pros and cons. Although many lasers are available with brand names, the key is to look at the frequency of laser to determine its effectiveness. 
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.

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Laser For African American Skin

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The best type of laser to safely treat darker skin types is a ND:Yag laser. It is a 1064 nm wavelength laser that is the preferred wavelength to use for laser hair removal for darker skin. Also make sure you are treated by a well qualified and knowledgeable clinician. Appropriate settings are still necessary for an effective yet safe treatment. This type of laser can be used to treat hair on the body areas of concern.

Best Laser Hair Removal For African American Skin?

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Being in a diverse city like Houston, we are privileged to see skin of all cultures and colors. We offer laser hair removal from the lightest skin to the darkest of skin. The best option that we have found for laser hair reduction on darker skin colors is a Yag laser. The one in particular that we carry is the Cutera Xeo Cool Glide platform. It offers safe and effective hair removal for skin of color. The other thing that you must take into consideration is the provider that is performing the service. Ask a lot of questions and make sure that they feel comfortable and have had good experiences with treating darker skin with the Yag. You really want to go to someone who has knowledge of dark skin, how to treat it, and prevent any post treatment reactions.

Laser Hair Removal for African American - It is ESSENTIAL to find the right laser and a medical facility with experience

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Laser hair removal can be safe for African-American men and women. However, it is critical that the correct laser is used, and that the laser treatment is administered by an experienced laser technician in a laser center owned and operated by a physician.
The most effective and safest laser for African-American men and women, is a long pulsed nd yag laser. This laser has the ability to bypass the melanin in the surface of the skin and target the root of the hair.
Laser hair removal can also work wonders on folliculitis. Hair does not need to be grown out prior to a treatment, in fact, it must be shaved to the rot of the hair absorbs the laser energy.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Gentle Max Pro YAG 1064

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The GentleMax Pro is a revolutionary laser hair removal system proven to be effective for all skin types and hair color. As the name suggests, it is gentle and relatively painless. All lasers have some discomfort on some level, due to the heat source being used, but the unique thing about GentleMax Pro is the cooling technology. Before each pulse of heat, there is a patented “Dynamic Cooling Device” (DCD) used to cool the area being treated. The DCD sprays a cooling burst of cryogen on the skin to ensure the treatment is not only effective but comfortable.

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Gentleyag for African American Skin

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The GentleYAG is FDA cleared to treat all skin types, including tanned and African American skin. It offers capabilities in permanent hair reduction and vascular lesions. The GentleYAG has a 1064nm wavelength. Deep penetration with minimal scattering of laser energy makes GentleYAG ideal for all skin types, especially dark and tanned skin. A single method would suffice for treating multiple areas. However, multiple treatments are needed. Hair is destroyed only during the active phase of the growth cycle. As a result of these staggered growth cycles, patients usually require multiple treatments  6 to 8 weeks apart for long-term hair removal results.

Sue Ellen Cox, MD
Raleigh-Durham Dermatologic Surgeon
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Gentle Max Pro

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The Gentle Max Pro by Candella laser treats ALL skin types  (I-VI)! As its name implies, this laser is Gentle and Safe for all body treatments and skin colors. It effectively destroys hair follicles with little to no discomfort and without messy topical gels.

Several Lasers Available for Dark-Skinned Individuals

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Laser hair removal in dark-skinned individuals can be and is done on a daily basis in many centers. Please make sure you go to a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for this to minimize any chance for an adverse event.

Several lasers are available for dark-skinned people. The most commonly utilized is called an Nd: YAG – it is a 1064 nm laser which penetrates through the pigment layers to reach the hair follicles and is safe for dark skin when done by skilled laser technicians. Other lasers, like the 810 nm diode laser, are FDA approved to treat all skin types, but most will not use this unless they have nothing else to use – so be careful.

And IPLs, with a 755 nm filter, can also be used. I had the first IPL in the world dedicated for hair removal many moons ago – and with the right technology and the right cut-off filter, it can be used and is used successfully all over the world – but is usually not the first choice – as is the Nd: YAG in today’s world.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hello thanks for your question.


Yes, you can safely remove hair anywhere on your body with any skin tone with an ND-Yag Laser. This laser can detect the contrast between your skin color and melanin in your hair and safely remove the hair. An IPL laser would NOT work for you as it works better in lighter-skinned individuals. The ND-Yag works on everyone of every skin type as long as your hair has pigment, in other words, if you have white hair or blonde hair, the laser will not work. Hope this is helpful!

Best Laser Hair Removal For African American Skin

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A wide variety of medical lasers and light systems are used to remove unwanted hair, however most lasers are not effective for all skin types and hair colors. The Elos laser hair removal system is designed for permanent hair reduction by combining both optical and radiofrequency energy to deliver satisfying, longer lasting results with less discomfort than previous laser systems. All skin and all hair colors including gray and blonde hair are effectively treated. Faces, backs, arms, legs, faces, and bikini lines can be treated including those individuals with darkly pigmented skin. Treatments are administered every 4 weeks and generally 3 to 5 treatments are sufficient.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.