Our expert says:
Hi Lena, thank you for the question and sorry for the delay with your answer.
Hyperpigmentation and scarring is more prevalent with darker skin types following inflammatory reactions and as a result one should be careful especially when considering laser hair removal, scar removal, pigment removal and other procedures that may cause a localized reaction.
Two broad groups of lasers are considered to be safe for hair removal in darker skinned individuals:
The Nd: Yag laser systems: CoolGlide, Medlite IV, Varia, Athos, Lyra, and Image – not enough studies have been done to completely verify the effectiveness of Nd: Yag laser systems with hair removal and dark skinned patients.
The Diode laser systems: Syneron elight and emax, SLP 1000, F1 Diode, Light Sheer, MeDioStar, LaserLite, Epistar and Apex 800.
My preference is the Syneron emax (diode laser and IPL/Bi-Polar Radiofrequency technology) or elight (IPL/Bi-Polar Radiofrequency technology only) as this is the technology I have the most experience with. We have safely removed hair in darker skinned patients with no pigmentory changes thus far. Furthermore, this is the only technology I know of that does not use pigment as a modality to focus energy for hair removal and therefore this increases the safety of the procedure. The emax uses a non-ablative fractional diode laser (Matrix IR) for wrinkle and scar removal that can be safely used on darker skinned individuals.
Unfortunately it is difficult to even estimate the duration this would take but an average indication is 5 to 10 sessions for the hair removal, 3 to 5 sessions for the pigment and scar removal.
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