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Am I A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

Am I A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

  • Almost everyone can enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal. Males, females, swimmers, bodybuilders, dancers, cheerleaders, athletes, nudists, volleyball players, runners, gymnasts, students, brides, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and hirsutism patients to name a few. However several factors and characteristics will determine the results for each individual.


  • Those with Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV are generally the best candidates for laser hair removal. These are people with light to medium colored skin and medium to dark colored hair. Those with Fitzpatrick skin types V-VI, people with darker or tanned skin, or light colored hair, are usually more difficult to treat, but can still obtain very desirable results when treated on the appropriate laser and wavelength by a skilled technician.

A simple equation for a “good” candidate is one who has skin that is lighter than their hair.

 

What Do You Mean by Fitzpatrick Skin Type?

 

The Fitzpatrick Scale (aka Fitzpatrick skin typing test or Fitzpatrick photo-typing scale) is a numerical classification for the color of skin. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, as a way to classify the response of different types of skin to UV light. It remains a recognized tool for dermatologic research into the color of skin. Skin type is race dependent and does not change. A suntan alters the degree of pigmentation, not the skin type.

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Why Does My Fitzpatrick Skin Type And Hair Color Matter?

  • Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type is the most important factor when determining which laser will give you optimal, yet safe, results.
  • The wavelength of a laser determines the chromophore (target) for that particular laser. Melanin (color) in the hair shaft is the natural chromophore for targeting, and damaging, hair follicles. Since melanin (color) is also present in the epidermis (skin), increased levels can compete for the laser’s energy posing a risk for decreased efficacy, and increased risk of epidermal damage such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. The appropriate laser wavelength, fluence, and pulse width for your skin and hair type will sufficiently damage the hair follicle while protecting the epidermis. The laser’s epidermal cooling mechanism is another key factor when determining the appropriate laser for your skin type.

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Generally, but not always…

Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV should be treated on the Alexandrite 755nm laser.

Fitzpatrick skin types V-VI should be treated on the 1064 ND:Yag laser.

 

OK. So How Is My Fitzpatrick Skin Type Determined?

 

  • Fill out our Fitzpatrick skin typing form to obtain a basic idea of how you might be classified. Keep in mind this is only a tool for determining your skin type. Other factors will be taken into consideration.

 

Who Would Not Be a Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

  • Although it is entirely safe, we ask pregnant women, or those attempting pregnancy, wait until they have had their postpartum checkup to proceed.
  • Those with a tendency toward severe keloid scaring.
  • Clients under 14 years old. (Just a Laser Affair rule). However, keep in mind hormonal changes can affect hair growth.
  • Laser hair removal may not be performed over tattoos or permanent make-up.
  • Only minimal reduction is obtained on white, light gray, blond, and some red hairs. Electrolysis is a safe and effective alternative for these hairs.

Please allow us to make recommendations.

 

  • Our Medical Director will evaluate your medical history and any areas of concern will be addressed.

 

What Type of Equipment Is Utilized At Laser Affair?

  • At Laser Affair, we utilize the Candela Alexandrite 755nm GentleLase laser. This Class IV medical device is FDA approved and known as the gold standard for being the most effective hair removal laser in the industry for skin types I-IV. Lasers that emit longer wavelengths, like the ND:Yag, can safely and effectively treat those with darker skin.

 

Please allow us to make recommendations.

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Only a professional should determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and which laser would be appropriate.

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8 Responses to Am I A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?

  • Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. I love what I do and will be happy to answer any questions of concerns you may have. Feel free to contact me anytime. Marybeth@laseraffair.com, or by phone, 813-944-2445
    Hope to hear from you soon. 🙂

  • Thanks for your interest. I look forward to answering all you questions and concerns. You may ask your questions here, or contact me directly: Marybeth@laseraffair.com or give me a call 813-944-2445. Thank you 🙂

  • Can you do eyebrows? What is the cost?

    • Hi Joy,
      Thank you for contacting us. We treat any and every area of the body except the orbital rim of the eye which includes the underside of the eyebrow. We do treat the glabella, aka uni-brow, which is a very quick, easy, and satisfying treatment. Some clients have their forehead treated but it is not recommended that one attempt to shape the top of the brow. It is possible for the laser beam to reflect or refract from beneath the skin and travel back toward the epidermis which could possibly leave a bald spot within the eyebrow. Not good. Cost for laser treatments starts at about $75.00. Let me know if you would like to come in or if you have additional concerns.
      Kind Regards,
      Mary Beth Lambert
      Laser Affair

  • My question is ,will the laser be good for me,am a woman but I shave my beard every 3days like a man,am really fed up.

    • Hi Lucy,
      Yes! The laser is perfect for this type of situation as we can successfully
      treat any area of the body except the orbital rim of the eye. Not only is
      facial hair on women quite common but it’s one of our most popular and
      rewarding laser treatments. Please give us a call and we can discuss your
      particular situation and get you started on your resolution. 🙂
      Kind Regards,
      Mary Beth Lambert
      Laser Affair

  • I am trying to determine from your website if you have the ND: Yag laser or not. I am a black woman and am interested in getting laser treatments. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Mary,

      Thank you for contacting Laser Affair. You are on the right track by searching for the ND:Yag which is safest and most effective for darker skin, but unfortunately I do not have that laser. Give me a call a I should be able to recommend someone in your area.
      Kind Regards,
      Mary Beth

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