While laser hair removal is one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures received in the United States today, many people with darker skin tones are unable to undergo it. At Empowerment Med, we think it’s important that people of all skin tones should be able to undergo any aesthetic treatment that they want; that’s why we offer our darker skinned patients laser hair removal treatments with Candela’s GentleYag laser.
Located in College Station TX, Empowerment Med is dedicated to providing effective cosmetic treatments to patients of all different skin types and skin tones. For more information about our practice or any of the services we offer, contact us today.
Laser Hair Removal and Dark Skin
Because many laser hair removal devices cannot be used on darker skin tones, for a long time individuals with these skin types simply could not undergo this cosmetic treatment. The reasons that laser hair removal is difficult to perform on dark skin using traditional lasers are complicated and involve a number of different factors.
Traditional laser hair removal procedures work best when the contrast between the color of the skin and the color of the hair is dramatic: this contrast is not present as substantially in people with darker skin. Individuals with darker skin also have significantly more melanin or skin pigmentation. Because laser hair removal works by targeting the dark pigmentation of hair follicles, or root of hair growth, traditional laser techniques can cause extensive damage to the upper layers of the skin in individuals with darker skin tones.
Unlike many other treatment methods, the Candela GentleYAG® laser that our practice offers uses gentle beams of ND: YAG light that are specially tailored to be used safely and effective on darker skin tones.
What to Expect
The amount of time that each laser hair removal treatment takes varies depending on the area being treated as well as the extent of hair growth. While laser hair removal is by no means a comfortable or easy procedure, there are special precautions you can take before undergoing treatment to minimize the amount of pain felt during it. Because all of your hair cannot be removed in a single procedure, multiple treatment sessions are required for patients to see substantial, significant results.
Interested in a laser hair removal treatment that works on darker skin in the Hearne, Caldwell, Navasota, Brenham, Madisonville, Snook, College Station, and Bryan areas? Contact Empowerment Med today to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!