Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin: Everything You Need to Know
Laser hair removal is a fantastic way to achieve silky-smooth skin, and it’s become a common alternative to shaving, waxing, or plucking.
Sadly, though, it hasn’t always been effective for everyone.
The nature of laser hair removal technology used to heighten the risk of burning, discoloration, and scarring in people with dark skin. But the cutting-edge devices available to technicians today means laser hair removal is safer for everyone than ever before.
How does it work?
Read on to discover everything you need to know about laser hair removal for dark skin.
Making laser hair removal safe for all skin colors
Traditionally, devices used in laser hair removal treatments were highly sensitive to both melanin and the patient’s skin color. People with pale skin and dark hair saw the best results, as the strong contrast makes it easier for the technology to separate the target hair from the skin surrounding it.
Technicians may have struggled to provide safe, effective laser hair removal for patients with dark skin and hair (as well as for those with pale skin and pale hair). For a long time, this denied people with dark skin the chance to enjoy a faster, longer-lasting hair-removal solution.
But now, patients of all skin colors can take advantage of the latest laser hair removal technologies, thanks to the Nd: YAG laser.
How Candela’s GentleMax Pro laser hair removal treatment works on dark skin
Candela’s GentleMax Pro Laser is designed to be safe for darker skin types, as it provides a selection of wavelengths: 1064 nm and 755 nm.
The 755 nm is best for skin types I - III, and the 1064 nm for skin types IV - IV.
The 1064 nm wavelength (AKA the Nd:YAG) is not absorbed by melanin as easily as other wavelengths. This means the laser deposits the energy deeper inside the skin and doesn’t depend on melanin.
And the GentleMax Pro Laser offers technicians a variety of pulse durations, which allows for more effective destruction of targeted follicles. It facilitates deeper penetration and powerful DCD cooling, which helps to protect the skin and make the entire process safer.
How to care for your skin after laser hair removal
It’s vital to take care of your skin properly following your laser hair removal, even after you’ve undergone a few sessions. Here are a few pro tips for the best results:
Book your own laser hair removal treatment for dark skin
Laser hair removal for all skin types is available at Astra Medi Spa right now. Our expert technicians use the latest technology to achieve smooth skin, safely and efficiently.
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