If you’re considering laser hair removal, it’s important to understand how laser removal machines actually work.Your results will depend on your hair’s ability to absorb light, for example patients with darker skin have higher level of melanin which can require a more extensive treatment.
Melanin is what gives skin its colour and results in light being absorbed at a faster rate than in paler skin tones.
Our highly qualified laser aestheticians will assess your skin type to ensure that your get the best possible results from your treatment.
Treatement unique for darker skin
Not all laser hair removal machines are capable of treating dark skins. However, at Transform we have clinics across the UK which uses this advanced technology to successfully treat darker skin types.
The lasers we use for darker skin tones have the ability to tell the difference between melanin in the skin and the melanin in the hair to precisely target the area to be treated.
At your consultation our fully trained aestheticians will explain how laser hair removal treatments work specifically for your skin type, what to expect from the treatment and how you will feel after your treatment.
Using the Fitzpatrick scale you can identify your skin colour which will also aid your aesthetician prior to your course of treatment.
How does laser hair removal work on darker skin types?
To treat your skin type, our aestheticians will use a longer wavelength which will destroy the hair in its follicle. This disrupts the cycle of hair re-growth, without damaging your skin, resulting in effective hair removal.
How effective is laser hair removal on darker skin?
Laser hair removal is an effective technique in the successful long term removal of unwanted body hair. Effectiveness does depend on your skin type (which varies from person to person) but our aestheticians will always set expectations with you.
*Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, Transform cannot guarantee specific results.
Is laser hair removal safe for darker skin types?
We always perform a patch test on all patients to ensure the treatment will be safe.
Our experienced aestheticians will test a small discreet area of your skin using the laser. Your laser settings will then be recorded before waiting 2-14 days to assess the outcome of the patch test (the darker your skin, usually the longer we need to wait).
Is the treatment pain free for those with darker skin?
The process is virtually pain free. However, some patients have described it as a hot pin prick or stinging sensation.
Darker skin types are more delicate but your laser aesthetician will ensure you have a comfortable experience. Any discomfort can be alleviated by a cold compress or application of aloe vera gel.
How many treatments do I need?
Generally speaking, darker skin tones will need approximately 8 sessions as the treatment is more gradual to prevent side effects.
Our qualified aestheticians will access your needs on an individual basis and put your personal treatment plan together. This will include how many treatments we would recommend based on:
- skin colour
- hair colour
- hair texture
- area being treated
- how you respond to the treatment
We recommend a full course of treatments be completed to achieve hair free skin.
Do I need to protect my skin from sunlight before or after treatment?
It is important that you protect your skin and avoid direct sunlight 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after your treatment to avoid marks appearing on your skin, especially with darker skin types.
As your skin will be more sensitive after the treatment we would advise using a sunscreen of at least 30SPF to protect your skin.
If you have been exposed to a considerable level of direct sunlight, we may need to postpone your treatment and ensure that sun block is used throughout the course.