Are You A Good Laser Hair Removal Candidate?

Laser hair removal is not for everyone. You can determine whether you are a good candidate by the four factors:

Factor 1. Skin Type

The light skin tone is the better candidate. The dark skin is the bad results of laser treatment.

Factor 2. Color And Texture Of Hair


Dark hair, such as black or dark brown and coarse is the best candidate. Thin or lighter in color (blond / gray / white) especially if it is paired with light-colored skin is the bad results of treatment.

Factor 3. Tanned Patients

Tanned patients with light hair are not good candidates, they should wait until their tan fades.

Factor 4. Skin Discoloration

You are not a good candidate if you have:
Active Bacterial or Viral Infection ; a history of Hypertrophic Scarring or Keloid Formation ; Psoriasis or Vitiligo

4 Ways To Determine Whether You Are A Good Laser Hair Reduction Candidate

By Using This Chart You Can Determine Whether You Are A Good Candidate

Skin Type Description Hair Color Candidacy Machines
Type I
Fitzpatrick Skin Type I
Skin: Pale White, Freckle
Eye: Blue/Green/Hazel

Always Burns, Never Tans
Black Excellent Alexandrite Laser
Diode Laser
Ruby Laser
IPL
Brown Excellent
Red Difficult Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic - Applisonix
Blonde Difficult
Grey Poor
Type II
Fitzpatrick Skin Type II
Skin: Fair
Eye: Blue/Green/Hazel

Always Burns, Sometimes Tans
Black Excellent Alexandrite Laser
Diode Laser
IPL
Brown Excellent
Red Difficult Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic - Applisonix
Blonde Difficult
Grey Poor
Type III
Fitzpatrick Skin Type III
Skin: Darker White
Eye: Any Color

Sometimes Burns, Always Tans
Black Excellent Diode Laser
Brown Excellent
Red Difficult Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic - Applisonix
Blonde Difficult
Grey Poor
Type IV
Fitzpatrick Skin Type IV
Skin: Light Brown. Olive
Eye: Brown (May Blue/Green)
Burn Minimally, Moderate Brown

Example: Mediterranian,
European,
Asian,
Hispanic,
American Indian
Black Excellent Diode Laser
Brown Excellent
Red Difficult Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic - Applisonix
Blonde Difficult
Grey Poor
Type V
Fitzpatrick Skin Type V
Skin: Brown, Dark Olive
Eye: Brown (May Blue/Green)
Rarely Burns, Tans Well

Example: Hispanics,
Afro-American,
Middle Eastern
Black Difficult Nd:YAG Laser
Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic - Applisonix
Brown Difficult
Red Difficult
Blonde Difficult
Grey Difficult
Type VI
Fitzpatrick Skin Type VI
Skin: Dark Brown, Black
Eye: Dark Brown
Never Burns, Deeply Pigmented

Example: Afro-American,
African,
Middle Eastern
Black Poor Nd:YAG Laser
Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic - Applisonix
Brown Poor
Red Poor
Blonde Poor
Grey Poor

Conclusion For The Good Candidate For Laser Hair Removal

  1. The absolute requirement of laser candidate is that one's hair must be darker than the surrounding skin.
  2. The pale skin and dark coarse hair will have the best results.
  3. Tanned patients with light hair are not good candidates.

Why Skin Type, Hair Color So Crucial?

The skin will absorb more of the laser if there are high content of melanin in skin ...

What Machine/Technology Right For You?

Diode is the most common device, it is very effective for Skin Types I-IV ...

Laser Hair Reduction On Dark Skin

Nd:Yag Laser has been proven particularly effective on even the darkest skin tones ...

What Laser Technology / Machine Is Right For Blonde, Grey, Redheads And White Colored Hairs?

 

Can I Do It During Pregnancy?

If you must have it, please do it during early pregnancy but stay away from the bikini area ...

Can I Do It While I Have Acne Or Accutane?

Shouldn't do any lasers while on Accutane until after finishing for 6-12 months

Answer 3 Questions To Determine Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type

 

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