Hair Removal Laser for Dark Skin

The Cynosure Elite IQ™ Laser is the Best In-Clinic Hair Removal Laser


A few decades ago, receiving a hair removal laser treatment would’ve been rather risky for a woman of color. Lasers weren’t made with melanin in mind and, therefore, were safest for individuals with fair skin and dark hair follicles. The main disconnect was that the lasers did not properly distinguish hair follicles and skin pigment, so those with dark skin could run the risk of severe burns, scarring, discoloration, and more. Thankfully, in recent years, we’ve seen an advancement in inclusive technology made especially for dark skin tones.

Cynosure Elite IQ™ Laser is designed to be safe for darker skin types, as it provides a selection of wavelengths: 1064 nm and 755 nm.

The 755 nm is best for skin types I – III, and the 1064 nm for skin types IV – IV.

The 1064 nm wavelength (AKA the Nd:YAG) is not absorbed by melanin as easily as other wavelengths. This means the laser deposits the energy deeper inside the skin and doesn’t depend on melanin.

As a rule, ND:YAG lasers tend to be the best for hair removal treatment in darker skin. This is because they have a longer wavelength than some other types of laser, so can be adjusted to accommodate different skin tones – and were developed specifically for this purpose.

And the Elite IQ™ hair removal laser offers technicians a variety of pulse durations, which allows for more effective destruction of targeted follicles. 

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Precautions for Dark Skin Hair Removal Laser

Your safety is our top priority at Laser Skin Clinic. So following pre- and post-procedure guidelines are a must. That includes reviewing any medications and skin care products that you’re using with your doctor. In general, those with ingredients that create photosensitivity (think: AHAs/BHAs, retinol/retinoids, salicylic acid, etc.) should be avoided for at least one week before your treatment. If you’re using Accutane, it’s recommended that you do not undergo any laser treatment for at least six months after stopping medication to avoid the risk of scarring.

A patch test is recommended as well. We can book you in for a patch test in an inconspicuous area and wait for approximately 48 hours post-treatment. If the reaction is good, then we will proceed with the full treatment.

To figure out what laser works best on dark skin, it’s worth understanding how hair removal lasers work. The contrast between the colour of the skin and the colour of the pigment in the hair follicle is what allows the laser to easily pick out what to target. It is easier to decipher dark hair from fair skin than it is dark hair on dark skin. However, thanks to advancements in laser technology, there are now safer and more effective options available for dark skin types.

The Elite IQ™ hair removal laser is safe for darker skin types because it offers two wavelengths: one being a 755 nm wavelength or a 1064 nm wavelength. The 1064 nm wavelength, better known as the Nd:YAG wavelength, is selectively absorbed by the deeper levels of the dermis—bypassing the skin’s surface and only targeting deeper melanin at the level of hair follicle. And since Nd:YAG essentially bypasses the epidermis, this wavelength as a safe option for dark skin.

Darker skin types are more prone to side effects than lighter skin types. So if you have darker skin, it’s so important that you use the right laser for your skin tone. By using the wrong laser and wrong wavelength, your skin may get temporary burns or discoloration.

Treatable Body Areas

Apart from the eyelids, Laser hair removal can be used to treat any body part.
The most popular laser hair removal areas for women are:

But, you can also get the treatment on other areas even thoughabove mentioned areas are the most popular places for laser hair removal. Some if these other areas may be your:

What Should You Do Before Your Hair Removal Laser Treatment?

You should start by consulting with a licensed and certified professional, if you’re ready to get hair removal laser treatment.

Your laser technician will explain the procedures during your initial consultation. After that, examination of the target area and estimation regarding the number of sessions will be conducted by him or her.

Removing facial hair is way lesser time consuming than back hair due to the sheer size of the area. So, the number of treatment sessions needed will depend on the patient’s skin type and area size.

Ask as many questions as you can at your consultation. Doing so will help you know what to expect from your sessions. One common question often asked by the patients is, “Does it hurt?”

Well, the good news is: there is minimal pain in hair removal laser treatments. Most patients feel like having a rubber band snapping against their skin.

What Can You Expect After Your Treatment?

It’s quite common for a patient to feel a slight discomfort after their treatment sessions. A patient might observe some swelling and redness in the area within the first few hours of treatment session.

But what you do to prepare is as important as what you do after your treatment sessions.

Staying out of the sun is the optimally best forguaranteeing most effective treatment results. To make sure that you don’t sweat in the area treated for hair removal, wearing loose clothing and avoiding gym routine is recommended. Avoiding working out altogether for the first 48 hours after the treatment session will be wise precaution.

Are Hair Removal Laser Results Permanent?

Laser treatments affect everyone’s body in a different way. Some will only see temporary hair reduction while other people may see permanent results.

People with dark hair and light skin find the treatment bearing most effective results. It’s more challenging to eliminate hair growth for people with a dark hair and dark skin tone, as well as, from people with light hair and fair skin.

Some people will see start witnessing permanent hair loss once their treatment sessions is completed, while forothers returning for a touch-up treatment in a year or two will berequired. The procedure’s success depends on the number of needed treatments and individuals.

Advantages of Hair Removal Laser Treatment

The most obvious benefit is saving money, time, and embarrassment because with laser hair removal you will never have to wax or shave again.

Not having to deal with ingrown hairs is another benefit. Many women see ingrown hairs on their legs and armpits after shaving. Hair removal laser treatments helps avoid painful bumps on these areas.

Less hair means less sweat leading to a better scent. Hence, laser hair removal will make you smell better to your significant other and peers.

But, is it worth doing, if there’s no guarantee of 100% effective hair removal laser?

Well, the answer is yes for most people.

For those who must deal with razor burn or ingrown hairs after shaving, it’s well worth it. Also, most people see significant or complete hair loss, which means even if you have a few hairs remaining you will need less maintenance.

Maybe you’re bothered with those red bumps after shaving on your neck. Maybe you’re tired of those ugly looking hairs between your eyebrows, or maybe you’re just ready to have super smooth legs in your shorts or dress.

Hair removal laser treatment is an effective and safe procedure whatever the reason might be or no matter what the area is. Now more than ever more women are opting for laser hair removal. With some basic follow-up care and just a few treatments, you too can show-off the hair-free sexy body you have always wanted for a long time.

Cynosure Elite IQ™ Hair Removal Laser


The Gold Standard in Laser Hair Removal

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The Cynosure Elite IQ laser is the latest addition to the Elite family, the world’s first Alexandrite and Nd:YAG system. The latest Elite IQ delivers increased power and dual-wavelength versatility for fast, highly customizable laser treatments.

Elite IQ laser targets the hair follicle with intense laser light energy for thermal destruction to provide permanent hair reduction over the course of a few treatments. With fast treatment times.

With its patented SkinTel technology, it truly separates the Elite IQ from all other laser hair removal devices. The SkinTel is the only FDA cleared melanin reader of it’s kind. It can adjust to your exact skin type, targeting the perfect setting for every skin tone, from fair to dark, to tanned skin, and every hair texture, from very fine to very coarse.  

What does this mean to our patients? If you have different skin colour in your arm pits because it doesn’t get as much sun for example, you can take additional readings with the SkinTel to modify the treatment parameters on the fly for a better treatment outcome.

During this unique laser treatment, two highly effective and proven wavelengths work together to eradicate unwanted hair. The laser beam may penetrate the pigment of the targeted hair follicles and disintegrate the hair shaft without harming the surrounding healthy skin tissue, regardless of the patient’s skin color, whether lighter or darker.

  • Permanent results
  • Pain free
  • Safe to treat all skin types
  • No downtime
  • Quick treatment

The Elite IQ is a dual platform laser made by one of the industry’s leaders, Cynosure. The Elite IQ™ is a dual platform laser using a 755nm Alexandrite laser and a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser, allowing a wide range of treatment options.

The Elite IQ™ platform is the newest advancement in the number one dermatologist-recommended laser hair removal brand. 1 It is meant to exceed patients’ expectations as well as other needs, as it is built on a foundation of over 20 years of clinically Proven effectiveness across all skin types. 

Increased power, speed, and larger spot sizes, as well as short pulse durations, allowing for a better laser hair removal experience.

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