Laser Hair Removal For African Americans

Dear Dr. Brooks,

I’m an African American. I was told that I couldn’t get laser hair removal because of my darker skin tone. I wanted to ask you if this was true, and what you would recommend for women of color.


Trying to Get Smooth

Dear Trying to Get Smooth,

This is not true. Laser hair removal can be done safely in people of color. There are certainly more risks, such as pigment changes, scarring and keloid formation. But if the correct laser is used and the right setting are applied, laser hair removal is safe and effective for any skin type. I have a laser at SKIN Cosmetic Dermatology of Georgetown that works very well on darker skin tones. Please schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation.

– Dr. Brooks