Latest Technology Makes Laser Hair Removal Possible for All Skin Tones

October 18, 2022 Tags:

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Since laser hair removal was first introduced in the late 1990s, the benefits of this treatment have stood the test of time. With multiple treatments spread a few weeks apart, laser hair removal effectively removes unwanted body hair, eliminates the need for shaving, and reveals smooth, stubble-free skin.

Over the years, this treatment has become more and more technologically advanced to ensure better results for patients. According to board-certified dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank,“the biggest innovations are in versatility, speed, and pain — meaning lack of pain.” Another note-worthy innovation that ought not be overlooked is the possibility for people of all skin tones to receive this treatment, thanks to the newest innovation, Motus AX.

Historically, laser hair removal has only been safely performed on those with fair skin. This is because available laser technology could not accurately distinguish between pigmented hair follicles and black and brown skin tones.
Recent innovations have made it possible for people with deeper complexions to safely and effectively remove hair while drastically reducing the risk of complications, like burns and scars.

For people with light brown to medium brown skin tones, the best laser devices are the alexandrite, diode, or Nd:YAG. For those with dark brown or black skin, the Motus AX or Nd:Yag lasers are the most suitable. These devices safely target and destroy the hair follicle without damaging the skin.

While laser hair removal technology has significantly evolved and can be safe for melanated skin with the correct device, it’s important to note that intense pulse light (IPL) for hair removal should still be avoided by people with deeper complexions.

At Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, we have a wide range of laser technology to treat everyone. Our experts can determine the right treatment for you based on your complexion, hair density, type, and color, and your desired treatment areas. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today! 

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