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Can I get laser hair removal if I have dark skin?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Laser hair dark skin
Yes. See an experienced hair removal practice that has the appropriate laser with a longer wavelength for safety in skin of color.

In brief: Laser hair dark skin
Yes. See an experienced hair removal practice that has the appropriate laser with a longer wavelength for safety in skin of color.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. H. William Song
Aesthetic Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If the pigment in the hair is darker than the pigment in the skin, the laser is able to selectively target the hair and ignore the skin.
Darker skinned people are at higher risk of burns to the skin and will experience more pain. There are very few lasers that are safe for dark skin. Yag lasers are safer for dark skin. The soprano by alma lasers is a diode laser that can treat any skin color.

In brief: Yes
If the pigment in the hair is darker than the pigment in the skin, the laser is able to selectively target the hair and ignore the skin.
Darker skinned people are at higher risk of burns to the skin and will experience more pain. There are very few lasers that are safe for dark skin. Yag lasers are safer for dark skin. The soprano by alma lasers is a diode laser that can treat any skin color.
Dr. H. William Song
Dr. H. William Song
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
The Nd:YAG (1064-nm) laser works very well for laser hair reduction in dark skin tones as does the 810-nm diode laser. Our practice uses the Lumenis LightSheer diode laser. Also available is the LightSheer Duet laser which works very well to treat large areas quickly and comfortably.
Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but
Make sure you are being treated by someone who is very experienced.

In brief: Yes, but
Make sure you are being treated by someone who is very experienced.
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