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Laser Hair Removal Treatments At NYLC

A lot of people don’t know that they can get laser hair removal on darker skin and think that it’s only suitable for lighter skin. We have successfully treated thousands of Men and Women with darker skin types. Remember most Laser clinics do not have the technology or experience to treat darker skin types.

Why is darker skin tricky to treat?
• We need to look at 2 things here, first the Fitzpatrick Skin Type and second How the Laser works.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type
• Looking at the Fitzpatrick skin type gives us information on a particular skin type.
• This is a method used by dermatologist to divide different skin tones into skin types of 1-6.
• We don’t just look at the colour of the skin but take into account ethnicity and genetics. This background tells us how your skin reacts with lasers.
• Black skin will normally fall into skin type 6.
• Skin type 6 is the most complicated of skin types to treat.
• Skin type 6 has more Melanin than any other skin type.

How The Laser Works?
• Now if we go back to how laser hair removal works you will understand why.
• Laser hair removal works by a gentle burst of laser light which penetrates into the skin to the root of the hair. It targets the brown pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft. The hair absorbs the light energy and converts it to heat. Thus heating up the follicle and disabling the hair growth mechanism.
• Melanin is the main target for Laser. Melanin is what gives the skin colour and black skin has the most Melanin compared to other skin types.
• Some Lasers and IPLs can mistake the Melanin in the skin and cause complications such as burns and pigmentation particularly in Black skin.
• Our Laser for Black skin avoids this problem. Our specific Laser with the correct wavelength and depth of penetration allows the heat to absorb the follicles and avoid damaging the surrounding skin

How Laser works for darker skin types!

  • The New York Laser Clinic’s specific Laser technology for darker skin is completely safe. We use a medical grade FDA approved technology suitable for ALL skin types.
  • At The New York Laser Clinic our Laser works effectively to remove the hair and not destroy the pigment of the skin for a very good reason and the reason is it is looking for the pigment of the hair not the pigment of the skin.
  • With its ability to bypass the pigment in the skin and target only the root of the hair it is considered the gold standard Laser by medics for use in ALL skin types.

IPL is not an option for Black skin

  • This is absolutely NOT suitable for darker skin types.
  • IPL has strong absorption of melanin and therefore greater risk of pigmenting a client.
  • It’s actually possible to pigment someone with this.
  • IPLs are NOT safe for Black skin. Lasers are more selective and more effective.
  • Laser is one colour of one light whereas IPL is non- specific and has a number of wavelengths entering the skin therefore more risk to darker skin.

Ingrown Hairs

  • For women and men of African descent the hair tends to be dark thick and curly.
  • This can lead to ingrown hairs (pseudofolliculitis babae) and dark discolorations.
  • There are many side effects that are associated with ingrown hairs.
  • Our Laser treatment will eradicate these ingrown hairs.
  • This tends to be hereditary.
  • Read more about Ingrown Hairs

Razor Bumps

  • It’s very common for African Men to suffer from Razor Bumps.
  • The irritations are the body’s natural response to ingrown hairs, and this can lead to pustules on the face. The skin can become inflamed and infected.
  • Hyper and hypo-pigmented scars and discolouration of the skin can look unsightly.
  • In severe cases, Keloid scarring can form leaving raised rubbery lesions on the skin.
  • Our Laser hair Removal system for Back skin will eradicate this problem leading to smooth soft skin with even tone and no more ingrown hairs.
  • You will be relieved of having to shave and deal with scarring.

Sun protection

  • All skin types need to use sun protection cream after Laser Hair Removal.
  • Some people with dark skin believe they do not need to use sun protection. Whilst it’s true that darker skin has more Melanin (natural SPF) therefore more protection against the sun compared with light skin, this only offers minimal protection.
  • Dark skin is more prone to hyper-pigmentation, and therefore wearing sunscreen prevents this damage.

What results to expect on darker skin types?

  • We find that hair on darker skin types has a lot of pigment which means that the laser works extremely well. You will see the following benefits:
  • Significant Hair Reduction in the treatment area
  • Finer softer Hairs.
  • Eradication of thick coarse terminal Hairs.
  • Smoother, softer Baby Skin. Laser is proven to improve skin texture, heating up the dermis stimulates collagen production.
  • It is also common for darker skin types to suffer from ingrown hairs and pigmentation left from these hairs. The laser works very well at clearing these up.



Over 200,000 Happy Clients

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"I have been going here for my lazer hair removal for the last couple of years and find them professional and the prices decent as they always have offers on. I have been getting facials since Christmas with Anna who is excellent, she really knows about the skin, what works and what it needs, shes not just another beautician applying a face mask! I can see an improvement in my skin already and feel confident in what is recommended to me, its like having my own private dermatologist. i think the variety of treatments offered here is good and the standard of their lazers is also very good"

Natalie Basiratpour

Is Laser Hair Removal suitable for my skin type?

Female Laser Hair Removal

We offer the most up-to-date laser hair removal treatments that reduce body & facial hair. The laser treatments stop the re-growth of hair, freeing you from the inconvenience of painful waxing or shaving and the constant concern of unpleasant hair.

Mens Laser Hair Removal

A little known fact: did you know that 40% of our clients are men? You are not alone in considering laser hair removal. We have seen an enormous increase in the number of male clients since we first opened our first clinic 14 years ago.

Transgender Laser Hair Removal

At The New York Laser Clinic we are proud to look after all of our customers depending on their individual needs and as such offer bespoke treatments. We are sensitive to all special requests and even more so when someone is attempting a male to female transformation.

Pre & Post Care at NYLC

At NYLC we want to share with our clients the do's and don'ts of how to look after your skin, and get the best results from your treatments!

The Sun, Laser & Me

Find out the truth behind laser & Sun exposure here. We will provide you with all you need to know when having your Laser Hair Removal treatments at NYLC.

About Candela, Our Laser at NYLC

Learn more about our medical grade and gold standard laser machine at NYLC!

How many sessions will I need?

We recommend between 6 and 8 sessions to see the best results! Some clients require more treatments and we do recommend top up treatments to maintain the result.

How long will a session take?

The lenght of the treatment depends on the areas treated. Appointments range from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Your consultant will be able to tell you how long your areas will take in total.

How far apart can my sessions be?

To start with you will space your appointments out every 6 weeks for body areas and 4 weeks for the face.

What are the different skin types?

Skin Type 1 & 2 - Have very little melanin (brown pigment) in the skin. If they have Sun exposure these skin types are very likes to burn. Skin Type 3 - Contains some melanin (brown pigment) in the skin. If exposed to Sun they can tan and occasionally burn Skin Type 4 - Has sufficient amount of melanin (brown pigment) in the skin. If skin has a lot of exposure to the Sun then skin can become pigmented very easily Skin Type 5 & 6 - Both have very high levels of melanin (brown pigment) in the skin. If skin has a lot of Sun exposure they are very unlikely to burn.

Can your laser treat all skin types?

Yes, at NYLC we use a medical grade laser which is able to treat skin types 1-6. We invite you in for a thorough consultation and patch test to ensure the settings used are suitable for your hair and skin. We ask you to wait a 48-hour period to ensure that your skin has no side effects. Thereafter you can commence your course into laser hair removal.

Is laser safe to treat darker skin types?

Yes! As we hold in depth consultations with our clients, and patch test a small area of different settings on your skin, this ensures that we are using safe & effective settings.

Have Some More Questions?

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Prices start from £39 for a single area but we have discounted packages for all our courses as well as interest free payment plans.

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