Laser Hair Removal For People of Colour

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Laser Hair Removal For People of Colour

Everyone wants to have that smooth, hair-free look all the time, and who could blame them! Yet a few years back, most laser machines were only ideal for treating skin tones I to III on the Fitzpatrick Scale (fair and light skin tones). As a result, laser hair removal on people of colour was viewed as an absolute no-go.

Many of the treatments often resulted in adverse side effects such as pain, laser burns and hyperpigmentation. This led to a widespread misconception that laser hair removal would never be safe for people of colour.

But those days are long gone, and laser technology has changed significantly since then. Now, laser hair removal can be performed safely and efficaciously on people of colour.

At Dr Aesthetica, we're thrilled to offer the latest hair removal technology that incorporates Nd: YAG laser to ensure safe and long-lasting results on darker skin types. Thanks to the versatility of our laser machine of choice, SPLENDOR X, people of colour no longer have to worry about missing out on the fantastic benefits of laser hair removal.

We love the Splendor X laser machine from Lumenis for a variety of reasons:

  • Blend X — Splendor X synchronises two laser wavelengths, Nd: YAG (1064nm) and Alexandrite (755nm), into one delivery option. This allows us 100% flexibility to adjust the treatment to the patient's skin type, hair colour, and hair thickness.
  • Square shape spot sizes — Splendor X delivers its laser energy in a square spot shape. Unlike the usual circular spot shapes, the square shapes allow our laser technician to cover the treatment areas uniformly. There's no overlapping, eliminating the need for later touch-ups of missed spots.
  • Dual Cooling — Splendor X features a dual cooling system designed to deliver contact cooling and cold air precisely over the treated area. This keeps our patients comfortable during their laser hair removal sessions.
  • Fast treatments — Splendor X delivers the laser energy in fast repetitions, leading to shorter treatment times.

Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Laser Hair Removal For People of Colour Work?

Laser hair removal works because the laser beam can be absorbed and converted into heat energy by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The heat then damages the hair follicles to prevent hair growth.

The challenge in performing laser hair removal on darker skin types is that the melanin in the epidermis competes with that in the hair. This affects the treatment's outcome and increases the chances of complications.

However, modern laser machines use Nd: YAG laser, which has been specially designed for treating skin tones IV to VI on the Fitzpatrick Scale (4 being tanned skin and 6 darker skin tones)

Nd: YAG laser has a long pulse wavelength that bypasses the epidermis and directly targets the blood supply in the hair bulb. The laser energy then damages the interconnecting cells between the hair root and the blood supply nourishing it. 

By disrupting the blood supply, the hair growth within the follicle is stopped permanently without hurting the skin in any way.

For women or men of colour interested in laser hair removal treatments, all they need is to make sure they are getting their treatments with the Nd: YAG laser.

How to Get the Best Result From Laser Hair removal?

It is crucial that the laser setting matches your skin tone. Because skin tones can differ from person to person, the laser technician will use the Fitzpatrick scale to determine your skin type and the appropriate laser.

The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical scale used to identify your skin type in relation to how easily it burns or tans during sun exposure. This is imperative knowledge that every aesthetic doctor and laser technician needs to have before administering a laser.

Remember, using the wrong type of laser or laser wavelength on darker skin could result in laser burns and scarring. It is essential to find a treatment provider who has experience performing laser hair removal on people of colour and has invested in the right equipment.

At Dr Aesthetica, we are monitored and audited by the Care Quality Commission. Our laser practitioners are well trained and understand the mechanics of treating darker skin types.

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Am I a Good Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a time and financial commitment. So before you book your first treatment, make sure that you're confident in the provider and ready to commit to at least six months of consistent treatment.

The first step is to have a consultation with a professional laser technician to review your medical history and discuss the goals you want to achieve. You should also have them do a Patch test on the areas you want to get laser on. This will allow you to get a feel for the practice, and more importantly, you'll be able to find out if you'll have any potential adverse effects to laser treatment.

Laser Hair Removal with Dr Aesthetica

Don't let all the rumours and misinformation about laser hair removal for people of colour scare you anymore! As the go-to laser hair removal specialist in Birmingham, we can develop a personalised treatment plan that will suit your skin type and needs perfectly.
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