Our expert says:
Hi Tia, thank you for the question.
There are a few lasers that are safe to use on dark skin types. The only one I know of and have personal experience is Syneron’s eMax. I agree that there is a safety concern and possible pigmentation changes and that even scarring can develop, however, with the correct system (technology) and starting at cautious settings I do believe that you should not run into trouble.
Please log on to my webpage at: www.aestheticfacialenhancement.co.za or www.dralek.co.za and click on the Reference Tab under Non Surgical Aesthetic Treatments. Scroll down the reference page till you see the heading Hair Removal and check the studies listed below demonstrating the use of Syneron’s technology in dark skin individuals including the results and complications:
• Del Giglio, A. Shaoul, J. Hair removal using a combination of electrical and optical energies - Multiple treatments clinical study six months follow up
• Gilmore, K. Adverse event rate in a high volume laser hair removal center
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