Being permanently hair free can be a liberating experience, but do you need to worry about hypopigmentation?
What is hypopigmentation?
Hypopigmentation is a loss of pigment in the skin.
Laser hair removal uses concentrated, pulsating beams of light targeting dark melanin in the hair. Since the laser targets all pigment, it is unable to differentiate between dark colored hair and dark skin pigment. This can cause issues, so choosing the right candidate for this procedure is mandatory.
Patients need to understand that although Laser hair removal is beneficial, it can cause undesirable side effects for certain patients that are not candidates.
Those with darker skin are at a greater risk of hypopigmentation.
Blonde or strawberry blonde hair will not be at risk for hypopigmentation yet will not have enough pigment to attract the laser’s heat, making the laser hair removal treatment ineffective.
The ideal candidate, is a patient with lighter skin, coarse, and dark hair , these ones will not experience hypopigmentation provided that laser is used correctly.