If you are an individual with skin of color, you may have been told, in the past, that laser hair removal is not safe for darker skin tones.
Fortunately, technology, research, and expertise have evolved in this area of aesthetics, making laser hair removal a safe and effective option for all skin types and ethnicities.
With that being said, it’s important for patients considering laser hair removal for dark skin to do their research and be well-prepared for treatment.
Continue reading to learn how laser hair removal works, ideal lasers for skin of color, and pre-treatment tips.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that uses a focused beam of light to target melanin in follicles in order to weaken and destroy unwanted hair.
Formerly, this mechanism of action put individuals with melanin-rich skin at higher risk for burns, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and scarring because the laser had difficulty distinguishing between pigment in the hair and pigment in skin.
However, this is no longer an issue if treatment is performed by a skilled and experienced provider.
Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin – Which Device is Best?
When it comes to laser hair removal for dark skin, many laser specialists prefer the GentleMax Pro by Candela.
Its wavelength penetrates deeply without affecting melanin in the skin. Thereby, making it an extremely safe technology for skin of color.
Laser of Arlington is proud to offer Laser Hair Removal with the GentleMax Pro because it is safe and effective on all skin types and all areas of the body.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
First and foremost, it’s essential to select a qualified provider who has extensive experience with laser hair removal for dark skin.
This medical professional should not only conduct a thorough consultation, but he/she should also develop a customized treatment plan with your ethnicity in mind. That’s because, in addition to skin tone, laser effects can vary from one ethnicity to another.
Additionally, take care to avoid sun exposure as well as tanning (via the sun or artificial tanners), discontinue use of acid or benzoyl peroxide-based skincare products, and forgo waxing and plucking for four-to-six weeks prior to treatment.
Plus, don’t forget to shave the day of or the day before undergoing laser hair removal.
Want to Get Started with Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin?
If you are considering laser hair removal, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced laser specialists.