Lasers and Darker Skin FAQ
CHALLENGES, TRUTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS OF DARKER SKIN
Do you have “darker” skin? Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Arabian, Middle Eastern, South Asian or brown/black African skin? If so, the information in this section should help alleviate some of your concerns about laser treatments.
For years, scary stories about what lasers can do to darker skin have circulated in the media, creating a cloud of misinformation, doubt and unnecessary fear. The following facts and discussion of the special issues presented by darker skin types address what the truth really is, what the real challenges are and what we do at AMA Skincare to achieve exceptional results for our patients with darker skin.
Fact: Some Of The Scary Stories You May Have Heard Are True.
Fact: Some Types Of Laser Energies Are Attracted To Melanin, The Natural Pigment In Our Skin That Produces Its Natural Color.
Fact: Many Types Of Lasers Are Not Attracted To Melanin, And Can Be Used As Safely On Dark Skin As Lighter Skin.
Fact: All Skin Is Comprised Of Many Distinct Components That Lasers Must Target, Consisting Of Different Cell Types, Tissue Types, Structures, Layers, Lesions And Of Course Melanin.
Fact: Targets In The Skin Attract (Absorb) The Energy Of Different Lasers In Distinctly Different Ways.
WHY AMA IS THE IDEAL CLINIC TO TREAT DARKER SKIN TYPES
AMA Skincare has a full spectrum of 30+ state-of-the-art lasers and other treatment modalities, with which we carefully customize treatment protocols for your particular skin type.
We pioneered the field of multiple-modality protocols, in which we synergistically combine many complementary modalities to achieve far more superior results than can be achieved by using just one or two technologies.
AMA Skincare pioneered the development of using lasers “physiologically” (PRM), wherein we work with the natural physiological mechanisms in the skin to stimulate a physiological transformation of skin to a younger, stronger, healthier and more beautiful state. Your skin will look years younger on the outside because it will actually be years younger, functionally and physiologically, on the inside.
Thus, our customized protocols integrating state-of-the-art technologies with our physiological approach to medicine are the most comprehensive and advanced forms of energy medicine developed specifically for your skin, no matter what color it is.
- Skin Types 1 & 2 have so little melanin activity, they don’t even tan, and rarely get any pigmented discoloration at all.
- Skin Type 3 has sufficient melanin activity to tan and can develop pigmented spots, though much less often than darker skin types.
- Skin Types 5 & 6 have the most melanin activity of all types, and are very prone to developing pigmented discolorations. However, because they have lots of underlying melanin, their beautiful brown or black background color hides most pigmented spots, which usually go unnoticed.
- Skin Type 4 is right in the middle. It has plenty of melanin activity to easily produce pigmented spots, but overall this skin type is not dark enough to hide them, so every little discoloration is easy to see.
WHY IS SKIN TYPE 4 SO DIFFICULT TO TREAT?
The melanin producing cells (melanocytes) in Skin Type 4 can be very sensitive to any kind of irritation. People with this skin type know that after even a small scratch, their Type 4 skin can develop pigmentation called “post traumatic hyper-pigmentation.” Therefore, treatments to remove pigmented spots that would work on lighter skin types are often too strong for Skin Type 4, irritating the melanocytes and causing the pigmentation to come right back, and in some cases become even worse.
HOW AMA SOLVES THIS PROBLEM
Hundreds of our Skin Type 4 women patients with all sorts of pigmentation problems such as sun damage, age spots and melasma, report they have thrown away their make-up foundations because they simply don’t need them anymore. Now when they use makeup, it’s no longer to conceal embarrassing discoloration, but only to highlight their naturally beautiful skin.
This is a perfect example of the amazing effectiveness of our holistic/physiological approach to laser medicine and your skin. Simply stated, the natural physiological mechanisms already present in your body have the inherent wisdom and power to bring you back to optimal health. All that’s needed are AMA Skincare’s expert, loving touch and the “physiological keys”™ to make it happen!