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What is the best laser for darker skin tones and tanned skin?

on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Dermaspa Blog

A common question we get asked is:  What is the best laser for laser hair removal in darker skin tones and skin of all cultures?  

In order to answer this question it helps to know about how laser hair removal works.  

A laser emits a very specific wavelength of light, that forms a beam directed at your skin.  This beam of light targets the melanin, or pigment in your hair follicle.  Actively growing hairs are destroyed by the laser, when the laser targets this hair bulb at the root of the hair.  

Darker skin tones have more skin pigment, or melanin.  As a result, it is important to choose a long wave laser to prevent skin damage.  The ideal laser for darker skin tones is the YAG laser for this reason.  It is a long wave laser that targets the hair follicle rather than the skin surface.

Though YAG lasers are ideal for darker skin tone laser hair removal, it is still important that the laser is operated correctly, with the appropriate settings, and an experienced medical provider, to prevent skin damage.  We recommend you ensure your treatments are being performed at a clinic under a physician's supervision and direction, by an experienced and qualified laser hair removal medical esthtetician.

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