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Dark Skin Laser Hair Removal
Can lasers treat people with darker skin color?
Yes. Metropolitan Med Spa has two distinct lasers: one for lighter skin, and one for darker skin. No matter how dark the skin, our Gentle YAG laser is considered the gold standard for treating unwanted hair on darker skin types. Its longer wavelength safely bypasses the skin and targets the melanin in the hair shaft, destroying the unwanted hair follicle or root. You will love your results!
Laser Hair Removal for Darker Skin
For laser hair removal it is extremely important, because hair removal lasers are designed to be absorbed by the melanin pigment in the hair shaft, that we avoid treating the melanin pigment in the surface of the skin. The way to do that is by cooling the surface of the skin to protect it. That can be done with contact cooling, something cold that touches the skin such as two sapphire plates with water running between, or by using a chilled plate, or by a spray that is applied to the skin and cools the skin through evaporation. These are all ways we protect the surface of the skin. The lighter the surface of the skin is, the less chance the laser is going to hurt the skin.
Shorter Laser Wavelengths
If we’re treating patients with very dark skin what we often do is use lasers with the longest wavelength of light. We do this because melanin is designed to absorb short wavelengths of light such as UV Light, and the ability of melanin to absorb light decreases as you go to longer and longer wavelengths, thereby decreasing risk to darker skin. Melanin will still absorb the longer wavelength reasonably well, even at very long wavelengths.
Most people receive lasting results in 4 to 6 treatments and with typically less pain or discomfort than waxing. Treatments are usually over in less than one hour. The length of your sessions will depend on your hair thickness and density, the surface area being treated, and other factors.
Annual maintenance treatments may be needed to ensure the hair doesn’t grow back. Consult with a physician prior to receiving treatment. He or she will evaluate your skin and hair type and answer your questions about the laser hair removal procedure and its potential benefits for you.
Laser Hair Removal - Painless and Safe for All Skin Types. Call Now!