Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin Tones

Laser hair removal is a procedure that has long been inaccessible to people with darker skin types. While laser technology was in its early stages, it was often a gamble for people with darker skin to receive this treatment as lasers could not differentiate between dark hair and dark skin. Treatment with traditional lasers could lead to discoloration, leaving spots on the skin, blisters, or scarring. Knox Dermatology is proud to offer laser hair removal for dark skin, using the latest medical lasers to provide the best experience for patients possible.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal is a permanent treatment that achieves the desired results by using a focused laser beam to damage the hair follicle and prevent hair from growing back. Depending on the desired results, it may take a few sessions to complete, but at Knox Dermatology, our laser can treat more effectively and efficiently.

Concerned About Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin?

At Knox Dermatology, we use the Cutera laser, a high-powered Nd:YAG laser. This advanced, cutting-edge laser uses longer wavelengths, going deeper into the skin to disable the hair follicle, bypassing the melanin in the skin and leaving deeper skin tones and tanned skin unaffected. The Cutera also has cooling technology, which reduces irritation and helps to prevent adverse skin reactions commonly seen with laser hair removal for dark skin.


Laser hair removal has little to no downtime. Generally, patients can resume their normal activities once treatment is complete. Whether you are treating coarse hair on your arms and legs or fine hairs on your face, sunscreen is a necessary step in protecting the skin after laser hair removal, as the skin is more sensitive and prone to burning.

Laser Hair Removal with Knox Dermatology

Dr. Wooming and the team at Knox Dermatology are ready to help you answer any questions and ease any concerns regarding laser hair removal for dark skin. Dr. Wooming is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic procedures to help patients achieve their desired results. If you are ready to explore treatment options best for you, contact Knox Dermatology today to set up an appointment.