The laser heat source is attracted to pigments that are usually found in dark hair. Light-colored hair lacks pigment to absorb heat, making laser hair removal unreliable and unable to produce the desired results.
Lasers are now specially designed for light-skinned and fair-haired patients to effectively remove unwanted hair. This laser works at a higher intensity and infuses the hair with the pigment needed to gain heat and achieve effective, long-lasting epilation.
Laser hair treatments are more difficult for those with darker or darker skin. Dark skin tones are not easy to treat with a laser because it is difficult for light to distinguish between skin and hair as they are often the same color. Permanent hair care works best when skin color contrasts with hair color.
Patients with brown skin are also at risk of discoloration due to laser hair removal. The beam can kill the skin tissue surrounding the hair and cause discoloration and permanent scarring. However, for these types of patients, there is a solution in the form of a specially designed laser instrument that reduces the likelihood of skin damage and scarring in dark-skinned patients.
Olive skin and dark hair patients benefit from laser hair treatment as there is a clear difference between their hair color and skin color. The laser can effectively identify the hair follicle and attack it, keeping the surrounding skin intact and intact.