Laser Treatment for Dark Skin
It is a popular misperception that cosmetic laser and light therapies are not safe to use in people with dark skin. This may have once been the case, but it is no longer true.
The high demand for such therapies have led to the creation of treatments that are safe and effective for African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Mediterraneans, Middle Easterners and people of mixed races.
Light-blocking melanin pigment
The challenge in treating darker skinned people comes from light-absorbing melanin pigment, found on the surface of the skin. The Melanin pigment can block the light energy of the laser from getting through to the desired treatment areas, which usually lie below the skin. This can greatly reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
By absorbing so much energy, the melanin pigment also creates the risk of injuring the surface of the skin. The laser may inadvertently target the pigment, possibly damaging the skin’s surface, resulting in adverse effects like hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) and depigmentation (removal of skin color). To avoid these complications, the right technologies must be used.