Laser Hair Removal for People with Darker Skin Oh man, the benefits of laser hair removal are many. No more razors or waxing, no more uncomfortable ingrown hair, moreover, no more hair at all. This has been the number one hair removal procedure for people with fair skin and really dark body hair, and that’s because it only works for them.
You'll probably read the above statement on every article devoted to the subject. You may also read that darker skin girls have been told laser hair removal it's not recommended for them because they are most likely to develop burns after the treatment. This could have been true a few years ago but nowadays is a complete myth. A possibility of doing this procedure on darker skin without risking the skin of the patient exists. It all depends on the laser the doctor or technician is using.
The most trustworthy places for getting laser hair removal are the ones that have different types of laser. Right now, there are 5 types of lasers: Alexandrite, Ruby, IPL, ND: Yag, and Diode. Ruby and IPL are great for people with fair skin. Alexandrite works better on people with more olive skin. But in this article, we’re focusing on ND: Yag and Diode which are the bests for people with dark skin.
It's fair to say that ND: Yag is one of the most advanced lasers in the market right now. This laser can distinguish between the different skin pigmentation and the color of the hair. By doing this it only removes the hair and doesn't affect the skin. Additionally, the beam it produces is higher than other lasers which means the sessions are shorter and less painful. All and all, the ND: Yag is a god-sent laser for darker skin girls. The Diode laser it's also quite good. This laser is gentler on the skin assuring you it won't burn it at the slightest touch. Technicians recommend Diode for any type of skin type.
Additionally, you should be able to do a patch test before going through the procedure. Have you ever heard of it? During a patch test, a doctor will try different settings of the laser to see which one work better for you. A patch test is a great way to know if the type of laser and the intensity they'll use doesn't damage your skin because an effectiveness and the probability of burning are very close to each other.
If a doctor recommends you IPL for darker skin then run away immediately! IPL means Intense Pulsed Light, I believe the name says it all: this isn't safe for people with darker skin. IPL works like a laser but the emission it makes is less controllable. This cannot be emphasized enough: remember you should do this treatment with an expert. Only by doing this you can be sure that the person won’t burn your skin. Besides, you should always ask questions and if this person is an expert he or she will answer all.
God bless science! Now laser hair removal is a procedure that works for everybody. It doesn’t matter if your skin tone is fair or darker. Still, laser hair removal hasn’t been optimized for treating people with blond, grey or red hair color. But let’s hope that with a little bit of time this issue gets resolved too.
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