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Dark Skin Laser Hair Removal

Dark skin laser hair removal is generally more challenging than for lighter skin types; however, at Skin Medical we have invested in lasers that can treat all skin types.

The laser hair removal method for dark skin types works by laser energy attacking melanin (pigment) within the hair. However, dark skin contains high levels of melanin. The challenge is to transfer laser energy to hairs without transferring so much energy to the neighbouring skin as this could lead to the skin being affected.

It is therefore essential to obtain expert advice to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal. Skin Medical can assess this and recommend the best course of action for your personal situation.

Skin Medical employs qualified medical professionals, so you can be sure that your treatment plan will be expertly formulated to suit your individual requirements.


At Skin Medical we use diode laser as opposed to the Intense Pulse Light (IPL) system as the IPL is less effective than the diode laser, especially when it comes to dark skins. Using IPL on dark skin also presents a higher risk of burning patients and that is why so many other clinics cannot treat people with this skin tone as they have chosen to invested in inferior and less expensive technology.

At Skin Medical our clinicians assess your skin and hair, choosing the correct laser and settings for the procedure, assess how many treatments you need and any steps you can take before and after treatment which will improve your treatment experience and help to avoid risks of any side effects on your skin.

Patients are advised to read the written instructions given at time of consultation and to adhere to these instructions prior to treatment at all times.

Dark Skin Types Laser Hair Removal – Technology

Skin Medical’s experts use diode lasers for hair removal: the LightSheer ETLumenis One and the ND Yag laser.

Diode lasers are widely believed to be the safest and most effective models in existence. They are particularly recommended for use with dark skin types. This is because the diode laser has a longer wavelength than most other types of laser, which means that it penetrates more deeply and is less likely to damage the skin at surface level.

It is important to note that anyone with a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formations is not suitable for laser treatment. However, Skin Medical’s medical practitioners may be able to offer alternative advice and solutions for hair removal.


The Lumenis diode lasers have a cool tip which makes the procedure far more comfortable for patients. As the laser is applied to the skin, the gentle, cooling contact reduces the sensation caused by the laser light.

For more information about the process, please visit our technology and treatment page.