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How Effective is Laser Hair Removal on Dark Hair?

By: Dr. James D. Fontaine


Coarse, dark hair can be a source of embarrassment for many people, especially if you have a light complexion. Nowadays, laser hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular way of dealing with this common problem.

Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine is proud to offer advanced tools and technologies that reduce unwanted hair without damaging the surrounding skin. Call to book an appointment with Dr. James D. Fontaine and see why laser hair removal is the go-to solution for dark hair — our San Diego, CA team is ready to provide a smoother, virtually flawless-looking appearance patients love.

Why choose laser hair removal?

Hair removal methods like waxing and depilatory creams are popular but can be painful and leave behind irritated skin. And though shaving is simpler, it needs to be done frequently since results don't last as long. Laser treatment is a far more effective option for coarse hair that is resistant to traditional treatments and products.

Laser hair removal works well on dark hair because the lasers are attracted to the pigment (melanin) in the follicle. The heat from the laser damages the follicle and significantly slows down hair growth. And because this method uses light to target hair, there is no risk of damaging the surrounding areas — making it ideal for those with even sensitive skin.

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an easy-to-follow, noninvasive treatment with long-term results. In addition to reducing excess hair and leaving skin smoother and more refreshed, laser treatments require minimal maintenance after each session. You can rest assured that your dark hair will be gone — no painful waxing or frequent shaving necessary.

What happens during a laser hair removal appointment?

Dr. Fontaine offers personalized laser treatments tailored to your needs, whether you have coarse hair in isolated spots or across larger areas. During an assessment, we may recommend a series of sessions spaced a few weeks apart to achieve optimal results. You may experience some redness similar to a sunburn afterward, but any side effects should subside within a few hours.

Our team members will provide detailed instructions on what you can do to protect the skin from further irritation. This includes avoiding UV rays, wearing sunscreen when spending time outdoors, and using gentle, fragrance-free cleansers on your skin. Patients in San Diego, CA report seeing significant results as soon as after their first treatment.

Is laser hair removal a permanent solution?

Laser hair removal is not necessarily considered permanent, but the outcomes are long-lasting. This is because the laser treatment only targets hair in the active growth stage — meaning not all the follicles will be affected at once. We highly recommend following up with maintenance sessions to ensure consistent results over time. Patients are also welcome to book additional sessions as needed in the future.

Enjoy virtually hair-free skin

Coarse hair doesn't have to interfere with your everyday life. Contact Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine to discuss the advantages of laser hair removal and make an appointment with Dr. James D. Fontaine. We understand how important it is to have a safe and effective solution for excess hair in San Diego, CA.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.