If you have natural dark hair and dark skin you may benefit from laser treatment for hair removal, however additional treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results. For Fitzpatrick Skin Types V and VI an appropriate treatment with Alexandrite Laser may be available depending on your expectations. For information, we provide some information relevant to these two skin types.
Laser Hair Removal – How does it work?
Lasers that are used for Laser Hair Removal are absorbed by Melanin. The GentleLase system, a revolutionary long-pulse high energy Alexandrite Laser emits a beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicles where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat. This destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. After a series of treatments, the follicles become sterile preventing the development of further hair growth in that follicle.
How effective is Laser with Dark Skin?
Melanin in the darker skin types will also absorb the laser energy, the laser device has to be tuned to a lower power to avoid damage to the skin. The necessarily lower power means that fewer hair follicles are destroyed in each treatment so more treatments are necessary and the overall hair loss is usually less. There are other treatment solutions for skin types not well managed by laser treatment, but those other forms of treatment may have disadvantages depending on your skin, hair, and personal expectations as regards the outcome. Recent studies show that Long Pulse Nd:Yag laser has proven to have much better results for laser hair removal for Skin type V and VI.
At City laser Clinic our therapists are trained, qualified, and experienced to advise you on appropriate treatment methodology and expected results for your natural hair colour and skin type. Contact City Laser Clinic on 1300 CITYLASER or 02 9232 80 90 to arrange a FREE consultation to discuss your needs and develop a treatment plan that meets your proper expectations with one of our trained, qualified and experienced laser hair removal therapists.