Darker skin absorbs significantly more light energy than light skin, so for any given level of laser energy, darker skin will get quite a bit hotter than light skin. "The hotter the skin, the greater the risk of burn or scar formation," he said.
In addition to hair removal, lasers are used to resurface skin and lessen wrinkles, as well as remove spots and other skin discolorations, Salomon said.
Lasers also can result in damage to eyes if proper precautions and safety rules aren't followed, he said.
"A certificate indicating proof of training on the laser should be readily provided on demand when a patient wants to check the credentials of the user of the laser," Salomon said. "Always look for an experienced laser provider who is also comfortable treating your specific skin type."
For more about cosmetic laser procedures, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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