Cosmetic Corner

Laser Hair Removal: Survey of the Cutis Editorial Board



What laser or device do you prefer to use for darker skin types?

Most dermatologists (79%) prefer to use the Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser for laser hair removal in darker skin types; 11% each prefer intense pulsed light or the alexandrite 755-nm laser.

Expert Commentary
Provided by Shari R. Lipner, MD, PhD (New York, New York)

The alexandrite 755-nm laser can be used safely in lighter skin types, while the Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser is preferred for darker skin types. It is also highly recommended to perform test spots in darker-skinned individuals.

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