Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Ideal candidates for laser hair removal are patients with a significant contrast between their skin and hair color. Generally speaking, patients with light skin and dark hair will experience great results with fewer treatments. Patients with dark skin tones and dark hair, on the other hand, will require more treatments to achieve their desired look.
The laser energy works by homing in on dark colors. It can perform this function more effectively if there is a lighter background behind it. The less contrast there is between these colors, the harder it will be for the laser to target the hair.
Beyond that, dark color absorbs more energy, meaning that working on these skin types will require lower energy for the patient’s safety. Lower energy output means that more treatments will be needed in order to achieve the desired effect. Patients with extremely light skin tones and blond or white hair may also experience less-than-ideal results.
Beyond this criteria, ideal patients:
- Are of sound body and mind
- Are looking for a more effective means of removing unwanted hair
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment
- Are willing to have follow-up sessions to get the best results possible